The Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation challanges 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, who’ll be chosen live by the audience during the annual ceremony of the Foundation on the 22nd of April 2020.
The winner of The 355 Film Award will receive a statuette and 10 000 leva in monetrary value 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 of the film and the logos of all partners the end of the film. You can downlowd it here.
    • Final credits are counted for the 5 minute limit.
  2. For a third and last year 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. Shooting may be performed outside of the studios, however in that case the Foundation does not provide any shooting lightning or other props.
  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 the presentations of Jordan Mihailovski and Stefani Raycheva.


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. It’s 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 13-member professional International Jury from the movie industry:

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

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

GEORGI DULGEROV - director, honorary professor of NBU (Bulgaria)

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

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

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)

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.


We’re 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 jury’s 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 25th of January and 28th of Fabruary 2021.

The three finalists will be announced on 11th of March 2021 on Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarev’s official website, on Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarev’s official Facebook page and on the media.
Films must completed within 5 days between 15th of March and 15th of April 11:59PM 2021. 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

Договорът за изпълнение и финансиране дейностите по
проекта е № 24-10-М4-8/27.05.2015г между Министерството на
културата на Република България и Фондация "Стоян Камбарев"