A brilliant award ceremony of Short Film Competition wiiners crowned the final of the fifth, anniversary edition of CineLibri International Book&Movie Festival! The competition was realized jointly wth TatraTea.

A record number of spectators watched the 55 feature films from the competition and parallel program of the festival, screened in Sofia and seven other cities in Bulgaria. With numerous pre-sold screenings that provided full halls, satisfied audiences of different generations and unprecedented success, CineLibri has become one of the most beloved annual events and is already an indispensable factor in the Bulgarian cultural life. The special guests and celebrities from all over the Europe also contributed to this stunning success and to the international coverage of the festival events.

The Sofia audience was able to benefit from a number of additional screenings at the cultural centre G8, Euro Cinema and Casa Libri. The good news is that part of the film productions are to be distributed by CineLibri Ltd. in Sofia and in the country by the end of the year. It’s about the masterfully completed historical film “An Officer and a Spy” by Roman Polanski, the stylized crime drama “5 is the perfect number” with Toni Servillo in the lead role and the documentary “The Man Who Played With Fire”, dedicated to Stig Larsson, author of the famous Millennium series. The cinematic masterpiece “Burning” directed by Lee Chang-dong, who won the CineLibri Award for Best Literary Adaptation, is being distributed since October 21st.

The jury of the short film competition was presented by Ivan Moskov (chairman), Maria Arangelova and Nikolay Mutafchiev. The grand prize was won by the film “Concert for a Clarinet and Orchestra” (2018) directed by Maxim Petrov, an adaptation of the story “Another Short Love Story” by Lyudmil Stanev. The special jury award went to the film “The Grandson of the Woman-Eater” (2019) directed by Desislava Nikolova-Besedin, an adaptation of the eponymous story by Yordanka Beleva. The movie “Over Things” (2019), directed by Ina Nikolova, won the TatraTea Special Award.

We, the organizers of the festival, are really grateful to all the partners and followers for their unreserved trust and support. Most of all, we thank the audience whose demanding taste is the main impetus for us, to comply with the criteria for excellent literary adaptations, and not diverge from the avant-garde visions for first-class cinema presented in the company of world-renowned artists and producers. Stay tuned for CineLibri 2020, which will start on October 15th and will continue by October 31st.

CineLibri 2019 was held with the support of “Culture” Program of Sofia Municipality, National Culture Fund, National Film Center, Culture Fund of Varna Municipality, Burgas Municipality, Gabrovo Municipality; with the exclusive partnership of Vivacom and with the special support of UniCredit Bulbank. The festival is part of the Sofia Municipality’s 2019 Calendar of Cultural Events. All partners and supporters were announced on the official website www.cinelibri.com