Best Student Movies to be Screened at AUBG
Where there are creative minds, interested in movie production, there is a film festival. AUBG brings one to BAC Auditorium and ABF Theater Hall on Feb. 15-16. During the first day, short movies created by students from all around the world will be screened as a part of the International Student Film Festival. On the second day the AUBG and Blagoevgrad community will be able to enjoy a full-length documentary “The Last Black Sea Pirates” by the Bulgarian director Svetoslav Stoyanov.
The festival is organized by AUBG alumna Dumitrita Pacicovschi in cooperation with the Journalism and Mass Communication department and AUBG Documentary Movie Club, with the help of the festival’s adviser and department chair Melody Gilbert. According to Pacicovschi, the goal of the festival is to showcase the films from the universities which have film programs, be it fiction or documentary filmmaking, and to introduce the opportunities for future education to AUBG students who are interested in movie production .
During the first day of the screenings, AUBGers will watch short movies from a number of universities, such as DePaul University (USA), Northwestern University (USA), Stanford University (USA), University of South Wales (UK), George Washington University (USA), South-West “Neofit Rilski” University (BG), and AUBG. The movies are neatly tied up into a nine-hour program with 10-15-minute breaks. “The order in the brochure is not accidental,” Pacicovschi said. The shorts are carefully organized with regard to diversity of movie length and topics, which provides for the smooth flow of the screening.
On the second day, Svetoslav Stoyanov, the director of the movie “The Last Black Sea Pirates,” will visit the University to have a chat with the students over a cup of tea or coffee. Stoyanov will also stay for the Q&A session after the screening of his movie at the ABF Theater Hall. The movie will be screened in Bulgarian with English subtitles and it will be opened for the Blagoevgrad public.
“We thought to give something back to the community,” Pacicovschi said. “Lately it was emphasized on campus that we should interact more with the local community. We had a nice experience in the past year with the screening of ‘Tzvetanka'[ …] so we decided to give it a try.”
For more information about the event, you can download the festival’s booklet.