The Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation celebrates its 11th year anniversary with challenge to young filmmakers!

THE 355



3 Filmmakers chosen by a professional international jury
5 To produce a five minute film
5 Shot, edit and posted in five days

One winner, wholl be chosen live by the audience during the annual ceremony of the Foundation on the 13th of April 2020.
The winner of The 355 Film Award will receive a statuette and 10 000 leva in cash and production services for his next short film. The prizes provided by the Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation, and its partners Nova Film, UFO Film and Television Studios and ARS DIGITAL Studio.


  1. The 3 finalists chosen will have to shoot a 5-minute film in 5 days with the following technical specifications:
    • Full HD / 1920x1080
    • 48KHz, 24bits
    • The film has to be sumitted with and without English subtitles.
    • The logo of the Foundation must be present at the begining and the end of the film. You can downlowd it here.
    • Final credits are counted for the 5 minute limit.
  2. In honour of Stoyan Kambarevs Art Foundation 10th anniversary the title of the film must include the number "10", while each participant may choose their own topic or genre.
  3. Each film must be based on the filmmaker's original script.
  4. For all participants the Foundation may provide if necessarry 2 shooting days at the studios and back-lot of our partner UFO Film and Television Studios, with the possibility of using sets, lighting, props and wardrobe.
  5. Shootings may be done outside of the studios. A representative of the Foundation will be present during production to verify the schedule and originality of the project for The 355 Film Award.
  6. No material shot before the official start of the shootings will be accepted.
  7. Every participant must coordinate with the project manager and inform him in respect to the start of the shooting. The film must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on the 5th day.
  8. The official premiere of the 3 films will be held during the annual Stoyan Kambarev Art Award's Official Ceremony, which will take place in April.
  9. The films will be possibly broadcasted on a National TV Broadcaster thus all actors must have signed releases provided by the Foundation.
  10. Apart from the film, the 3 finalists will have to shoot a 1-minute personal video presentation, different from the director explication. The presentation is a free form and the finalists must present themselves and the film in an attractive and momerable manner. For reference you can watch this 3-minute presentation.


All Bulgarian filmmakers in the age between 18 and 30.

You must have produced/directed or shot at least 1 previous short film or music video.

The film could be made by a team, but the materials must be submitted by a single participant. Group submissions are not allowed.

Every participant may submit only once.

Everyone with a passion for cinema is welcome!

entry rules

To apply for the competition, you need to submit:

  1. A synopsis in Bulgarian and English up to 500 words.
  2. A link to a video (uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo) with a director explication and a concept of the film, shot with a camera or a smartphone up to 60 seconds.
    The video must be subtitled in English. Its only needed for the jury and could be hidden from public viewing.
  3. A link to a selected previous short film (music video) of the participant made in the last 3 years.
  4. CV in Bulgarian and English up to 200 words.


The three finalists will be chosen by a 9-member professional International Jury from the movie industry:

OSVALDO DE SANTIS - Jury Chairman - Paramount Pictures (Italy)

THOMAS P. VITALE - producer, writer - UNIVERSAL SYFY Network (USA)

PHILLIP ROTH - producer, writer, director - UFO Film and Television Studios (USA)

DON MICHAEL PAUL - director, writer - UNIVERSAL (USA)

DESSY TENEKEDJIEVA - actress, director, producer - NOVA Film (Bulgaria)

MARK SUMMERS - international casting director - Mark Summers Casting Directors & Management (UK)

STANISLAV SEMERDJIEV - writer, producer, rector of NATFA (Bulgaria)

BEN CHARLES EDWARDS - writer, director - (UK)

JEFFERY BEACH - producer, writer - UFO Film and Television Studios (USA)

VALERIA STOYKOVA - producer - MatchPoint Production (Bulgaria)

IVAN TONEV - producer, cinematographer - ARS DIGITAL Studio (Bulgaria)

STEFANI RAYCHEVA - director - (Bulgaria)

More about the jury

Each member of the jury will choose his 3 favorites by voting with 3, 2 and 1 points respectively for first, second and third place. Then all the points are summed up and the 3 finalists with the highest number of points are selected.


Were searching for participants with high motivation, desire and passion for cinema. The evaluation criteria of the applications will be quality and clarity of the synopsis, originality in the content, creativity in using the number "10" in the plot. Winning the jurys attention with the 60-seconds director's explication video will be crucial for the final decision and choice of finalists.

audience voting

The audience will have the final vote in choosing of the winner during the annual Stoyan Kambarev Art Award' Official Ceremony in April in Sofia.

dates and deadlines

Applications are accepted between 10th of January and 20th of Fabruary 2020.

The three finalists will be announced on 1st of March 2020 on Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarevs official website, on Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarevs official Facebook page and on the media.
Films must completed within 5 days between 1st of March and 1st of April 11:59PM 2020. Every participant must inform the project manager in respect to the start of the shooting. Each film must be submitted no longer than 5 days after starting shooting.


Stefani Raycheva

Project manager

+359 88 924 1666

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