For the 12th consecutive year in the hospitable Veliko Tarnovo - a city with a dynamic development of its cultural and historic tourism - the International Tourism Film Festival - Bulgaria "On the East Coast of Europe" is taking place. The high point of the competitive Festival, will be at the official award ceremony on the 16th of April, where the best tourism themed film will be announced.
The interest towards the Festival has grown. This year we received 93 films from 27 countries, and 41films from 21 countries were nominated for the competition program by the Jury. The tourist productions will compete in all 5 categories during the Festival days - 14th to 17th of April. The movies will be screened for the wide audience as well. The 8 members of the jury is formed by professionals in the spheres of the audio-visual arts, tourism and journalists, and will determine the best films in each category.
Apart from the wide interest the Festival is enjoying stability throughout the years, a testament for which is the regular participants from Indonesia, Austria, Portugal, as well as Bulgarian municipalities like - Nessebar, Burgas, Dobritch, Stara Zagora, Rakitovo, etc..
Of course, new participants have joined this year's Festival as well. Countries like Vietnam, Palestine, The Bahamas and Bangladesh, which are not very familiar in Bulgaria.
The opportunity for the participating countries to present their culture, traditions, rituals and arts to the Bulgarian audience, also sparks a lot of interest. This year the viewers will have the opportunity to experience Palestine, which is a partner country of this year's Festival. Palestine will present an exhibit and a couple of movies in the additional Festival modules, as well as in the competition programme.