"In the Palace" International Short Film Festival in Balchik

The 15th "In The Palace" International Short Film Festival offers a huge variety of productions, training workshops, meetings with prominent people from the cinema industry as well as a daily music program.

Especially for its festive edition, the event will bring together a 13-member international jury from all over the world, made up of the best-known specialists in the field. One of the most interesting and prominent names on the list is Alan McQueen, who has over three decades of experience in sales, distribution and film projects. He is also a lecturer in film distribution and business, author of books, scripts.

Another key specialist in the field with whom the guests of the festival will have the opportunity to meet is Linda Olszewski, director of the world's most successful shorts films company – „Shorts International Ltd”. It is also her task to select Oscar nominations for distribution in iTunes. Linda's name is related to hit titles such as “Shrek”, “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Road to El Dorado”.

The Polish side of the jury will include director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, winner of the European Film Prize, as well as an expert at the Polish Film Institute. From our northern neighbour, the team is joined by Manuela Cernat and Massimiliano Nardulli. Wim Vanacker, a producer, filmmaker and film director, selector for The Short Films Competition – “Festival de Cannes”, will also be featured in Balchik. The jury includes Jacopo Chessa from Italy, director of the National Film Center for Short Film, chief responsible of the Torino Short Film Market. Faisal-Azam Qureshi, a guest lecturer in Cuba, will join them; Sandi Sissel, worked on films such as “Black Knight”; Artistic Director of London Short Film Festival Philip Ilson; founder of the Eastern Neighbors Film Festival - Denis Mujovic.

On the Bulgarian side, some of the most well-known names are invited as jury representatives - the internationally recognized critic, journalist, and lecturer Prof. Bozhidar Manov, as well as Rositsa Valkanova - director, selector and producer of titles.

Parallel to the quality selection of films, The “In The Palace” festival will delight the participants and their guests with a different musical program every day - a unique mix of jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, and disco.

The beginning is every evening from 23st until 30th June at 22:00 next to the sea and the entrance is free.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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