The festival gives the audience an opportunity to meet closely with art, ideology and aestetics of young filmmakers. Furthermore in a unique way it is a place for exchange of experience and ideas while gives the participating students and teachers opportunities for additional trainingthrough master classes and workshops. Our goal is to create an unique forum for international students in the field of short films.
The first edition of the festival was in 2005 with a selection of twenty four short films from all Bulgarianuniversities with faculties of Film and Television. Since its third edition the festival has become an international forum. Now every year the festival has more that a hundred applicatiosn from all over the world.
During all the years the Festival “Early Bird” wellcomed as guests and jury prominent professionals and academics in the field of cinema, including Teddy Moskov, Rangel Valchanov, Prof. Maria Dora Mourão (Brazil), Prof. Zviad Dolidze (Georgia), the “Oscar” winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie “The Pianist” – the British playwright and writer Ronald Harwood, theBritish screenwriter Roger Gregory and his colleague from the USA John Bernstein, two-time”Oscar” winner Florian Gallenberger (Germany), Scott Hillier – also and “Oscar” winner, and many others.