The International Film Festival “Love is folly” is organized by “NPC – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch, and is registered under trademark in the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria under number 5374 from 6.02.1997.
All activities on the organization and realization of the festival are carried out by the employees of “NPC – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch.
The organizer shall prepare and approve a budget for each forthcoming edition of the festival, in accordance with its program framework and defining the financial parameters, by March 31 of the respective year.
The financing of the festival is done with own funds of the National Palace of Culture – Congress Center Sofia – Varna Branch, and by recruiting sponsors, advertisers and donations.
In order to elaborate the artistic concept of “Love is folly” IFF and to select the films, the manager of “NPC – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch appoints an artistic director who is also the main coach of the festival.
Volunteers and technical staff
For operational activity related to the realization of the festival, NPC – Congress Center Sofia EAD – Varna Branch attracts volunteers. If necessary during the festival additional technical staff is appointed.
Nature of the festival
The festival has a competitive nature.
The festival program has the following sections:
- accompanying VIP events,
- an official program of international competition nature,
- cinema panoramas,
- retrospective cinema program
Only filmmakers or producers of a given film can apply to participate at the festival. Only long-length movies produced during the last two years can be featured for participation in the festival’s official program except at a special invitation by the festival’s directorate.
The application is free of charge and includes the following documentation, which must be sent to the festival organizer’s address no later than June 15 for participation in the pre-selection, namely:
- A participation form after a template;
- A DVD with a quality copy of a given movie;
- An editorial script in English and in the original language of the film;
- A film synopsis;
- 4 shots of the film.
Travel, daily and accommodation costs of the jury and special guests at the festival is at the expense of the festival organizer, unless otherwise agreed.
The organizer of the festival isar on his/her expense the daily and accommodation expenses in Varna during its holding of one representative (director, producer, actor or other creative person) of each film selected for participation in the competition program, unless otherwise explicitly agreed.
The payment of all costs in connection with the festival is made by an order of the manager of “NPC – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch.
The selection of the films for the festival is made by its artistic director and chief coach. The films selected will be announced no later than July 15 of the respective year.
Copies of selected films in a DCP format, 35mm, DVD or Blu-ray must have arrived at the festival organizer’s address no later than August 15 of the respective year.
Sending copies of the film to the address of the festival organizer is at the expense of the owner of the copies, unless expressly agreed otherwise; in the opposite direction – at the expense of the festival organizer, unless otherwise agreed. The costs of storing and insuring the copies, as well as customs duties, is at the expense of the festival organizer.
Each film copy must be complete with at least 2 film posters
The organizer shall have the right to screen each film up to twice within the festival. The copyrights for film screening is at the expense of the owner of the copy, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
Films included in the festival program is screened with subtitles or with a simultaneous translation in Bulgarian.
The international jury of the festival, consisting of 5 members, is selected by the festival’s art director and is appointed by order of the manager of “NPC – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch.
The jury gives the following awards:
- The Grand prix „Golden Aphrodite”;
- Special award of the jury;
- Male role award;
- Female role award.
The grand prix and the special jury award are given to the director or producer of an awarded film, the awards for male and female performances are given to actors/performers. Winners receive a Golden Aphrodite statuette and a diploma. Awards do not have cash coverage.
Regardless of the awards of the jury, at the discretion of the festival organizer, awards may also be given to other organizations:
- Award of the Union of Bulgarian Film Makers,
- Critics section award at the Union of Bulgarian Film Makers,
- Audience award,
- Award of the Faculty of Mass Communications at Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” etc.
Each film selected for participation in the official program of the festival receives a diploma.