Община Варна - култура и изкуство
Candidature of Varna for European Capital of Culture
It was launched on 13 June 1985 by the Greek minister of culture, the famous actress and singer, Melina Mercouri. Initially, the initiative was called European City of Culture in a special motion of the Council of Ministers of the Union.

The official document stated that the European City of Culture was to present a culture which in its historical roots and contemporary development was characterized both by common elements and a heritage which had been due to differences.


Bulgaria’s European Capital of Culture
In 2019, a Bulgarian city and a Italian city will be the European Capitals of Culture. The designation procedures are described in Decision No 1622 of 24 October 2006 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The applications are assessed by a special commission of 13 members. Seven of them are from European institutions and six are appointed by the applicant-country.



Festivals and Competitions

XXXV Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival

September 2017

The festival was established in 1961. Until 1974, except 1965, when a single Balkan Film Fest was organized, it was held every year. The first edition presented feature films, documentaries, popular science and animated films. A selected jury awards prizes for the best film on contemporary subject, for the best screenplay, best directing, best cameraman, best actress and actor, etc. The leading slogan was: “National Film Art for Peace and Socialism”.
Originally it was known as a Bulgarian Film Festival until 1971 and the competitions were for different genres of movies (although the non-feature films have had for years their forums in Kyustendilthis , Velingrad and Tolbuhin). In 1974 it was given the name Bulgarian Feature Film Festival and since then has been held every other year. In 1990 it had a single edition in Sofia, but in 1994 it returned again in Varna.

The next edition of the festival was in 1996. Since 2000 the tradition to be held every other year has been re-established and the programme has been enriched with non-feature Bulgarian films. The main organizers were the Department of Film Makers, The Committee of Culture and the City Popular Council of Varna. After 1994 the organizer is the National Film Center. The first editions of the festival were in the cinemas Republika, Zlatni Pyasatsi and Lenin, since 1972 – in the Palace of Culture and Sport and since 1986 until now host of the festival events has been the Festival and Congress Center.
Since 2010 the prgramme has been featuring short films as well and the festival became a yearly one.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
2, Slivnitsa Blvd.
Festival and Congress Center
Toshko Gyaurov, Director, tel. +359 52 608 453
e-mail: fk@mail.orbitel.bg
site: www.fcc-varna.com

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