Master of Art Film Festival is unique cultural event and the only in Eastern Europe international film festival for Documentaries on Art. It takes place in Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.
The festival focuses on different artistic approaches on Art.
Its program is dedicated to Documentary cinema that represents the artistic vision both on history of Art, Contemporary Art forms and to celebrate the multicultural diversity in our time.
Our goal is to show documentaries that manifest the talents and the creative process in the following categories: Architecture and Design, Art and Children, Art and Power, Contemporary art, Culinary Art, Fine Art and Photography, Literature, Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema.
Documentaries produced and released after January 1, 2018 are eligible to the competition of Master of Art Film Festival. The festival pays attention also on modern tendencies in Video Art and Advertising and in The Art in video Games.
The mission of Master of Art Film Festival is to create an alternative platform to the mass culture. We want to create an opportunity and to contribute a dialogue and cooperation between artists. The festival is the biggest forum in Eastern Europe for young documentary filmmakers, tempted to tell inspiring stories about the Art.
Master of Art Film Festival is organized by Spotlight Production Company, The National Palace of Culture and ‘Master of Art’ Foundation and with the financial support of Program “Culture” of Municipality of Sofia, America for Bulgaria Foundation, AURUBIS BULGARIA and etc.
The festival funds are raised by participation fees, financial subsidies, donations, sponsorship and advertising.
The fifth edition of the festival will take place from 9 to 30 April 2020 in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.
The OFFICIAL SELECTION laurel is given to all films selected in the following categories:
(This category has a separate Award and the submitted videos are not competing with the documentaries and video games in the other categories.)
(This category has a separate Award and the submitted games are not competing with the documentaries and videos games in the other categories.)
In addition to all fantastic documentaries for art that are submitted to festival every year filmmakers will have a new opportunity in 2020 edition. We are creating The Master of Art Lab and a special category “More Than Art” for projects in development. Our intention is to support the process of birth of new documentaries dedicated to art in very beginning. Authors are invited to submit their project for Lab competition categories where they compete for the Best Art Film in Development with a special financial prize. The application written in English has to contain synopsis and visual explication not less than five pages and authors filmography. Additional materials like photos or teaser could be attached. Applications must be received until January 20, 2020. If you have an idea for a new amazing art documentary and need initial support – apply and start your achievement in documentary filmmaking! If you win our “More Than Art” competition your world premiere could be at Master of Art Film Festival.
The submission should be made only through the following festival platforms: FilmFreeway
The selected documentaries, art videos, video games, VR and projects in development will be notified on February 3, 2020.
Documentaries for architects, past and present architectural achievements, historic buildings, designers and their work.
Documentaries on the connection between art and children.
Documentaries about contemporary art, art installations and protest art.
Documentaries on the art of preparation, cooking and serving food.
Documentaries about the Fine Art and The Photography from different eras, galleries and exhibitions.
Documentaries about writers, poets, and/ or their works.
Documentaries about music, composers and musicians — opera, classics, folk, jazz, pop and rock; dancers and choreographers — ballet, folk, traditional and contemporary dance, theater and documentary theater, acting challenges on stage.
Documentaries about theatre, acting challenges on stage; notable filmmakers and actors.
Video art, experimental videos, art advertisings and Advertisement.
There is a separate Award for this category.
Documentaries about the relationship between the artists and totalitarian regimes and politic.
Documentaries that are highly appreciated by the preselecting committee.
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