The International Film Festival “Love is Madness” is organized by NDK – Congress Center Sofia EAD – Varna Branch, and is registered under the trademark of the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria under number 5374 of 6.02.1997.
All activities on the organization and realization of the festival are carried out by the employees of “NDK – Congress Center Sofia” EAD – Varna Branch.
The organizer prepares and approves 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 the 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 madness” and to select the films, the manager of “NDK – 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, NDK – congress center Sofia EAD – Varna Branch attracts volunteers. If necessary during the festival additional technical staff is appointed.
Nature of the festival
The festival is of a competitive nature.
The festival program has the following sections:
- an official program of international competition,
- accompanying VIP events,
- movie clips,
- retrospective movie program.
Only the directors or producers of a film can apply for the festival. Only feature-length feature films produced in the last two years can be featured in the official program of the festival, except for a special invitation from 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:
- Form for participation in a template;
- DVD with a quality copy of the movie;
- Layout sheet in English and the original language of the movie;
- Synopsis of the movie;
- 4 photos from the movie.
CostsThe travel, daily and hotel costs of the jury and special guests at the festival are at the expense of the organizer of the festival, unless otherwise agreed.
The organizer of the Festival takes on his / her account the daily and hotel expenses in Varna during his / her performance of one representative (director, producer, actor or other creative person) of each film selected for participation in the competition unless explicitly agreed something else.
The payment of all expenses in connection with the festival is made by order of the manager of “NDK – congress center Sofia” EAD – Varna branch.
The selection of the films for the festival is made by his artistic director and chief coach. The selected films will be announced no later than July 15 of the respective year.
Copies of selected DCP, 35mm, DVD or Blu-ray movies must have arrived at the festival organizer’s address no later than August 15 of that year.
The filming of the film copies to the festival organizer’s address is at the expense of the owner of the copies, unless expressly agreed otherwise; In the opposite direction – at the expense of the organizer of the festival, unless otherwise agreed. The costs of storing and insuring copies, as well as customs fees, are at the expense of the organizer of the festival.
Each film copy must be complete with at least 2 film posters
The organizer has the right to project each film up to twice within the festival. Copyrighted copyrights are at the expense of the owner of the copy, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
The films included in the festival program are projected with subtitles or simultaneous translation in Bulgarian.
The international jury of the 5-member festival is selected by the festival’s artistic director and appointed by order of the Governor of NDK – Congress Center Sofia EAD – Varna Branch.
The jury will award the following awards:
- The Golden Aphrodite Grand Prix
- Special Jury Prize
- Reward for male role;
- Female role award.
The grand prize and the jury’s special prize are awarded to the director or producer of the award-winning film, the awards for male and female performances. The winners receive a statuette of “Golden Aphrodite” and a diploma. Prizes do not have cash coverage.