With its second edition, the Rhodope International Documentary Film Fest /RIFE/ established itself as a sustainable multi-component festival that provides the Bulgarian public with free access to high-quality international, regional, national and local film content. RIFE takes place at an altitude of 1000 meters in one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountain towns, Smolyan, with guests from all over the world. Within six festival days, in the period July 7-12, 45 films were presented with free admission to the spectators in Smolyan and the guests of the festival. A specialized documentary educational workshop was held for film students from NBU under the mentorship of the prominent Bulgarian documentary filmmaker Svetoslav Draganov.
With the cooperation of its national and international partners, the Rhodope International Documentary Film Fest provides awards in technical services for the filmmakers’ next projects. This is a purposeful policy of the festival, which corresponds to its task of stimulating the work of talented documentary filmmakers and helping them develop their future projects.
THE INTERNATIONAL JURY COMPRISED OF VALESKA GRISEBACH, VLADIMIR KAMINER, JACKIE STOEV HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE:
Special Jury Prize for International Short Documentary Film: Voin by Gaëlle Boucand.
Award for Best International Short Documentary Film, provided by Sonus studio with representative Ivan Andreev, is divided between the films Proud of you by Jens Schanze and Water is life by Anil Gök.
Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary Film, provided by Magic Shop with representative Georgi Nikolov: Kodokushi by Ensar Altay.
Award for Best International full-length Documentary Film, provided by Magic Shop with representative Georgi Nikolov: Terykony by Taras Tomenko.
THE INTERNATIONAL JURY COMPRISED OF TSVETAN DRAGNEV, SVETOSLAV DRAGANOV, KATE VANOVICH HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE:
Award for Best International Documentary Medium Film, provided by Sonus Studio represented by Ivan Andreev: The Islanders directed by Maxime Faure & Adam W. Pugliese.
EXCEPTIONAL GAZE AWARDS PROVIDED BY MS TONSTUDIO – OFFENBACH WITH REPRESENTATIVES YANA ILIEVA AND MIKAEL TORUNSKI
A special mention “Exceptional gaze” for a short film goes to Water is life by Anil Gök
The “Exceptional gaze” award for a medium-length film is awarded to Music for a film by Pavlina Ivanova. The prize is expressed in post-production services at MS tone studio for the director’s next project.
The special mention “Exceptional gaze” for a full-length documentary film goes to Our quiet place by Elitza Gueorguieva
The “Exceptional gaze” Award for a full-length documentary goes to Terikony by Taras Tomenko. The award consists of post-production services at MC Sound Studio for the director’s next project.
SPECIAL AEROVISION AWARDS ON THE PROGRAM “NEW BULGARIAN DOCUMENTARY CINEMA”
Three special awards for Bulgarian documentaries, provided by Aerovision, with representative Stanimir Nachev, are awarded to the films I’m here again with director Poli Gencheva, Against the Flow of Time with director Dimitar Sardjev and Zlatan Dudov – how the film directors live – workers in the world of empty stomachs with director Mykhailo Kotsev. The rewards are expressed in technical services – drone filming for the directors’ next project.
The Audience Award for International Feature Documentary is awarded to Voev with director Bilyana Kirilova
The Audience Award for an international medium-length documentary film is awarded to The destiny of a bum directed by Ana Kitanova
The Audience Award for International Short Documentary goes to Middle name directed by Vivien Forsans.