site.btaGolden Rose Is "Most Important Bulgarian Cinema Fest" - Film Critic Donev
The 40th Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival was unveiled in Varna, on the Black Sea, on Friday. This year's forum will see 15 feature films and 16 shorts compete for various awards. The chair of the feature film jury Alexander Donev said that all the films in this year's edition were made during a pandemic situation, making them unique. "The Golden Rose is the most important festival for Bulgarian cinema, and it takes place in the most beautiful city on the Bulgarian seacoast," Donev added.
The National Film Center pays special attention to young people in cinema, not only as filmmakers but also as audiences, because 2022 is the European Year of Youth, said at the opening ceremony the festival's director and Executive Director of the Bulgarian National Film Center, Petar Todorov. He noted that this year the Film Center worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture to fund youth-centred films. "There are many roads [to reach the youth], but the truest ones are to speak the same language, to accept them as important and equal," Todorov said.
"In the tough post-pandemic period, festivals have become a crucial part of a film's life and are the fastest way to restore the film industry to pre-COVID-19 levels," Todorov said.
Varna Mayor Ivan Portnih called the festival the most long-awaited film event. He expressed his hope to see audiences watch, appreciate and support Bulgarian cinema.
The Golden Rose was unveiled with a screening of How I Learned to Fly directed by Serbian Radivoje Andric. Bulgarian cinephiles are familiar with Andric's When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Kangaroo.
Saturday morning saw the presentation of a special issue of the LIK magazine issued by BTA, which is a media partner of the Bulgarian Rose.