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Saint Vlas Film Fest 2023


The film “Shakespeare as a Street Dog” by director and screenwriter Valeri Yordanov won the awards at the “Sveti Vlas Film Fest” film festival this evening. The title took home prizes in four categories – Best Picture, Cinematography, Actor and Best Screenplay.


The award for “Best Film” was presented by Petar Todorov, executive director of the National Film Center. He said the statuette will be awarded to “Shakespeare as a street dog” for the talented interpretation of contemporary social issues, told with sincere authenticity and visual power. The award was accepted by the artists Vladislav Stoimenov and Vasil Iliev, who this evening also received the award for “Lead Male Role” in the film. The jury decided that “Shakespeare as a street dog” will also win an award in the category “Cinematography”. It was awarded to cameraman Boris Slavkov.

Another important award in cinema – in the “Best director” category, was awarded to Valery Yordanov for the film “Shakespeare as a Street Dog”.

The official award ceremony of the second edition of the festival “Sveti Vlas Film Fest” took place in the amphitheater “Arena” in the resort town.

For “Supporting Female Role” award went to Alexandra Sirchadzhieva for “The Art of Falling”. Actress and TV presenter Diana Lyubenova received the statuette in her name.

For “Supporting Male Role” the award went to Zahari Baharov. The statuette was presented by the producer of “Yellow Oleander” and “Dante’s Paradise” Nikolay Mutafchiev.

In the “Lead Female Role” category, the prize went to Alexandra Kostova for “Petya on my Petya”. The award was announced by the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Burgas, responsible for Culture, Diana Savateva.

Three of the selected films of the “Saint Vlas Film Fest” were realized with the financial and logistical support of the Municipality of Burgas.

Savateva pointed out that the shooting of Bulgarian films in Burgas, with the financial support of the local municipality, is already a tradition. We hope that this will be seen, and that other municipalities will follow us, she said.

Among the guests at the official ceremony were part of the team of the new Hollywood production – Don’t move, which is being filmed in Bulgaria. These are the producers Ms Zainab Azizi and Ms Sarah Sarandos, the actors Ms Kelsey Asbille and Mr Finn Wittrock and Tsvetan Atanasov from New Boyana Film Studios.

The festival was opened on July 6 with the film “Petya on my Petya” directed by Alexander Kyosev. The other current titles included in the competition program were “Anna”, “Stock Players”, “Dante’s Paradise”, “After the Season”, “Escape”, “Yellow Oleander” and others. After the award ceremony tonight, the screening of “The Naked Truth About the Zhiguli Group” began. Before the screening of the feature film, its director, Viktor Bozhinov, told the audience that he is extremely grateful to the Municipality of Burgas, which has a very serious role in the creation of the film.

“I also thank the hosts – I have special memories, impressions and emotions with them during the filming of the series “Undercover”, said Bozhinov.

This is the second edition of “Sveti Vlas Film Fest”. This year it was dedicated entirely to Bulgarian cinema. The jury that selected the 13 titles in the competition program included Toni Dobrinska and the film critic and doctor of cinema art Deyan Statulov. Its chairman Martin Makariev was assisted in the discussions by the actor Bashar Rahal, the producer and cameraman Dimitar Gochev, the actress and TV presenter Diana Ljubenova, the journalist and TV presenter Ivan Garelov.

“St. Vlas Film Fest” is organized by “Dinevi Group” with the support of St. Vlas City Hall and “New Boyana Film Studios”. BTA is the media partner of the film festival.