The internationally renowned Italian producer Osvaldo De Santis has been the President of Twenty Century Fox, Italy for 33 years. He has also been the CEO of TV SKY. As of this year, he has taken the position of Chief Consultant of Paramount Pictures in Italy. Throughout his impressive career he has worked on films like Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars, Ice Age and many other masterpieces, which have shaped the modern cinema industry. Osvaldo De Santis was a guest of honor at "Stoyan Kambarev" Foundation's 10th Official Grand Prize Ceremony, which took place in Sofia in 2019. It is a great privilege and honor for young Bulgarian filmmakers, that Osvaldo De Santis will be the Chairman of the international jury for The 355 Film Award.
Producer, writer, director
Phill Roth has produced, written and directed over 100 feature films including APEX one of the most successful theatrically released micro budgeted Science Fiction in 1993. His films have been distributed by Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Columbia-Tri-Star.. He was one of the earliest innovators in digital special effects technology, setting up his own in-house facility in 1989, becoming one of the first filmmakers to use PC platforms in the execution of feature film digital special effects. His technology was eventually adapted by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment to execute the digital effects production on Titanic. Roth has built one the largest independent studios and back lots in Bulgaria, UFO Film and Television Studios.
His films have been shown at festivals and other forums around the world and have received national and international awards, some of which are: "Silver Bear for Directing" from the Berlin Film Festival for the film "Advantage" (1978); "Golden Rhyton" and "Golden Knight" from the festival in Palermo, Italy for the full-length documentary "For Neshka Robeva and Her Girls" (1986); Nomination and participation in Cannes ("Fifteen Days of Directors") of the film "The Camp" (1990); Grand prize at the festival in Batumi, Georgia and the youth jury prize at the festival in Mons, Belgium for the film "The Black Swallow" (1999); The award for best film "The Heart of Sarajevo" at the Sarajevo Festival for the film "Lady Z". Dulgerov was a lecturer in film and TV directing at ATFIZ Krastyo Sarafov from 1973 to 2010. Since 2010 he has been an honorary professor at the NBU. He is the winner of the award of Sofia, honorary citizen of Burgas. He is a member of the European Film Academy.
Thomas P. Vitale has been Executive Vice President of Programming & Original Movies for Syfy and Universal Television for many years. Tom is one of the prolific executives in broadcasting, shepherding over 1000 television movies and many series during his twenty-year career at Universal. Presently Tom P Vitale is executive producing a new TV series, PANDORA for The CW Television Network (CBS and Warner Bros) to be shot in Bulgaria.
He graduated cinematography and directing from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. In 1999 he created his production company ARS Digital Studio. Chairman of the Association of BG Cinematographers, Vice President of the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) (2008-2015). He is a member of the National Cinema Council and takes part in the realization of over 15 feature, 37 documentary and 45 TV films. His most recent projects are The Woman of My Life BANA, BARTER, The Interpreter of Black & White Films, Citizen-Cinema, Twinning which participated in many festivals such as Moscow, Venice, Bucharest, Cyprus.. Ivan is a multi award- winning cinematographer. He is a member of the jury of the IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography.
Don Michael Paul’s freshman script was, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man. Then a 4-picture deal with MGM for Public Enemies and the adaptation of the award-winning depression era novel, Night of The Hunter. Don went on adapt bestselling author John Gilstrap's Nathan's Run for Joel Silver. He has written for Barry Josephson, Jordan Kerner, Stephen J. Cannell, Aaron Spelling, and been commissioned to do TV pilots for ABC, CBS, FOX and UPN. Over the last 11 years, Don Michael Paul has become one of Universal's 1440 Divisions most successful and prolific directors with some of their highest rated movies with their Netflix premiers.
Actress, producer, director
Dessy was only fourteen years old when she made her film debut. Since then she has more than 35 movies, including big international productions. She is the first BG actress to represent her country at the most prestigious world film fest in Cannes , with a lead role in a movie from the official selection - The Proffesion of Arms. One of her latest films is Saving My Pig with Gerard Depardieu. Since 2000 her production company NOVA Film has completed and produced over 90 art projects for the BG and international market - Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Theatre,TV Shows, Commercials, Music Videos&Albums.. Dessy is a director and writer of some of them. She is the Founder and Chairman of the Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation. Since 2016 she is based in London, when she has established a new production company MOON FOX.
Mark Summers is a multi-award winning international Casting Director. His productions have won honours including BAFTA, EMMY, The Lions, MTV, D&AD, The British Arrows, BTAA, Tribeca, Brits and the MOBOs. Mark specialises in a broad range of content film, commercials, TV, fashion, street casting, dance, fashion, voice-over, music videos, documentary, branded content and much more. He also represents some of the world's leading Choreographers, Actors and Dancers. In 2010, Mark Summers was also made an Honoured Friend of LIPA as presented by Sir Paul McCartney. His agency is with over 20 years experience in the industry and now is considered to be one of the leading Casting and Management companies in the world.
Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev is CILECT Executive Director since 2011 (Vice President 2002- 2010). He founded the first undergraduate, graduate and doctoral Screenwriting Programs at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria (1991). He created the first Bulgarian long-running TV serial Hotel Bulgaria (2004). His hybrid film The Hamlet Adventure (2008) as well as his feature Time Is Ours (2018) have been widely acclaimed and awarded. He has been script-editor, screenwriter and/or producer for a number of European projects. President of the Bulgarian Association of Film, TV and Radio Scriptwriters (BAFTRS, 2006-), Board Member of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE, 2007-2015), Rector of NATFA (2003-2011, 2015-).
Ben Charles is an award-winning director, with a background in feature films, short films, music videos, and commercials. His feature debut Set the Thames on Fire (2016) opened in cinemas to worldwide critical acclaim, reaching both "Best Seller" and "Noteworthy" status within its first week on iTunes. Set the Thames on Fire premiered in California at the Palm Springs Film Festival and was honoured with a nomination for a British Film Institute's prestigious "Discovery Award" in the UK. The film has also been long-listed at the BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) for "Outstanding Achievement in Craft" and the "Newcomer Discovery Award". Most recently, Edwards has written and directed "COME HOME". A dark psychological horror, filmed in New York 2018. The movie is set for worldwide cinematic release 2020.
Jeffery Beach has over thirty years’ experience in international sales, production and film marketing, Beach was Vice President of International Sales for Sunset Films. Later he established Royal Oaks as one of the premiere independent production and distribution companies that morphed into Franchise films, the first "A" list independent production company and licensor. Jeffery Beach became a partner in UFO Films and TV Studios in 1997 and has to date produced over 100 features for all major studios - Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Columbia-Tri-Star amongst others.
Valeria Stefanova-Stoykova has graduated the Bulgarian National Film Academy and specialized in New York Film Academy. She started her career as a filmmaker in 2004 as executive producer in a US production company based in Bulgaria UFO Film and Television Studios. Valeria has produced over 30 feature films for the Bulgarian and international market (20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal, Warner and Columbia Tristar) before turning her career to the advertising business in 2009. Since then she has been producing over 300 commercial videos for international corporate clients such аs Lidl, Actavis, Heineken, OMV, Raiffeisen Bank, Sony.. In 2014 she founded MatchPoint Production, established as one of the leading production companies in the contemporary Bulgarian market.
Stefani Raycheva graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, England. Her passion for the film industry has followed her since she was very young. She graduated with a Master Degree in film directing and script writing from New Bulgarian University in 2018. Stefani has directed 4 short films, which brought her many nominations and awards. Her first short movie "Butterflies" has been multiwarhead. Her second short film "My Truth" won 2 Аwards for "Best Bulgarian Short Film" at the New Wave Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the IOFF in Bangladesh, and was nominated in more than 30 festivals. Stefani was a finalist to first The 355 Film Award of Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation.