Welcome Home

Today is Welcome Home’s turn to be put in the spotlight. Welcome Home is the product of the fall 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Class and is the longest of the three documentaries part of my experiment. It is 34’31” which in some film festivals will be qualified as part of the short documentary program and in other parts will be considered for the mid-length program. I think, Welcome Home the most difficult documentary, from the three, to submit to film festivals because it touched on a universal subject but with Bulgarian specifics (the country of production). I chose it because of the subject, it is emotional and makes good use of the documentary filming techniques, the story has a nice flow and it appeals to many. But still, Welcome Home was submitted mostly to domestic film festivals because it has a higher chance to get in.

Welcome Home official poster

Welcome Home official poster

Here is short synopsis, so you would know what the documentary is about.

Synopsis: Being old is never easy. Being old in Bulgaria is by far not easy. In the movie produced by the students in the documentary filmmaking class at the American University in Bulgaria, we follow the fates of a group of elderly Bulgarians who are living their last days at an old people’s home in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Some of them chose to come here by themselves and for others, the home presented opportunities they have longed for all their lives. Going down every character’s memory lane, we are able to discover what their hopes and dreams were when they were young, what brought them here and what made them stay.

Film Festivals:

1. Fresh Film Festival (International Festival of First Features and Student Films ), Prague, Czech Republic

Status: Rejected (personal notification)

2. 54th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Zlin, Czech Republic

Status:Rejected (no notification)

3. SOIndependent Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

Status: Accepted (personal notification)

Welcome Home in the SoIndepdent Film Festival Program

Welcome Home in the SoIndepdent Film Festival Program

4.International Random Film Festival, Gydania, Poland

Status: Rejected (no notification)

5.Early Bird Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

Status: Accepted (personal notification)

As compared to the previous documentary, Welcome Home was submitted to less film festivals because I tried to limit it to only domestic premieres or countries (Balkan countries), where the topic will really make an impact and be better understood by the audience.

Life Through the Lens is coming up next and some great news too.

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