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The Festival

RIFE’s fourth edition will take place in Smolyan, Bulgaria from 11 to 14 July 2024.

Rhodope International Documentary Film Fest (RIFE) revives one of the most emblematic international film events for young filmmakers in socialist Bulgaria held in the beautiful mountain town of Smolyan during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
The idea for RIFE came as an answer to the need of documentary filmmakers to exhibit their films and to have a place where they can improve their abilities, learn more in their areas of interest, and hear the opinion of high-profile international film professionals.

The fourth edition of the festival will include several competition programs that will feature many short, medium and feature-length documentaries from around the world. A selection of some of the best premiere documentaries will be screened.

The Smolyan region is extremely rich in cultural, historical and tourist attractions. There are hiking opportunities with different routes for adults and children, which will give the festival guests and their families the opportunity to get to know the region and the beauty of the Rhodopes. Another possibility is to visit the museums with extended exhibitions

All screenings are free.