Production: Sneakers starts shooting in Sofia

By Pavlina Jeleva

    Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, is filming on locations aroung Bulgaria through September 26.

    Filming began August 18 in Sofia, and moves on the the Black Sea coast as well as the Danube valley.

    The €790,000 film, in a package with Voice Over and Krapetzfrom productiion company Gala Film (www.galafilm-bg.com), received a Media Slate Funding development support, followed by 80% in public financing from the National Film Center (http://www.nfc.bg/). The remainder of the budget was funded by private investment and Bulgarian distributor MG - Profilms which will releases the anticipated "generation confession film" in September 2010.

    Vladimirov worked as assistant director in seven features films. After the festival success of his 2007 short Waltzes And Tangos From The Village Of Whitewater he became known.

    Valery Yordanov, an awarded young Bulgarian actor, started deveolping the six Sneakers main characters four years ago. "Aged between 20 and 30, with different occupation, education and religion, they decide to 'sneak away' from the aggression of the big city and to construct their own paradise on a lonely beach," Yordanov said.

    Despite his key position in the film, Yordanov auditioned for the role of "The Grey one," leaving the casting decision to his co-director. Yordanov is surrounded by an exciting team of popular actors including Philip Avramov (Letter to Amerika by Iglika Triffonova), Ivan Barnev (I Served the King of England by Jirí Menzel).

    The Vladimirov/Yordanov tandem said they want their film to be "both dynamic and sincere" and to deeply touch "not only the young people but also their parents."

    Production information:

    Gala Film

    1b, Strumitza Str., ap.11

    1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

    Phone: + 359 2 981 42 09;

    Fax: + 359 2 981 29 71

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    Script: Valery Yordanov

    Directors: Ivan Vladimirov & Valery Yordanov

    Director of Photography: Rali Raltchev

    Art Director: Sabina Christova

    Costumes: Kristina Tomova

    Sound: Valentin Kirilov

    Editing: Svetlana Kirilova

    Producers: Galina Toneva & Kiril Kirilov


    Kosa - Philip Avramov

    Ivo - Ivan Barnev

    The Little one - Ivo Arukov

    The Grey one - Valery Yordanov

    Emi - Ina Nikolova

    Ran - Vassil Draganov

    Ira - Iva Gocheva

    Horst - Iaroslav Petkov