International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films


4 - 7 October, 2018


International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films is happy to announce: the Autumn Academy of the Festival is due 4-7 October 2018!

The International SOK Festival of Red Cross and Health Films is a biannual event. The XVII-th edition was in 2017 and the XVIII will be held in 2019. Between two festivals the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Medical University-Varna organize an Autumn Academy, as an intermediate and preparatory event. We make round tables and show films to specify the topical issues to be treated at the next Festival, which also serves as thematic criteria for the films to be admitted. We discuss upon the current challenges to the Movement, the role and the topical importance of the Federation, the Committee, the Societies and the Volunteers. We organize workshops for Societies’ activists to teach them how to elaborate the most efficient models of reflecting the work of the Societies, thus making it known to wider public and to announce important issues of the Movement. The Autumn Academy, as an intermediate form of the Festival, attracts Red Cross and Red Crescent activists and volunteers to take part in a tutorial form corresponding to the motto of the Festival “Aggression – Humanity – Cinema”.

This year 2018, the Autumn Academy will give tribune to Red Cross activists, journalists, doctors, media experts, public speakers.

The films will be shown at two locations and will have free entrance. The discussion forum is also open for all visitors.

Traditionally, the Festival and the Autumn Academy are organized under the patronage of the Vice President of Republic of Bulgaria. Mrs. Iliana Iotova will open the Academy and will take part in the discussion forum with her own theme on “Aggression - Humanity – Cinema”.

The Autumn Academy will take place in Varna and SOK Kamchia from 4 to 7 October 2018.

The XVII International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films, 10-15 October 2017

For participation in the film program, more than 1900 films applied and we selected 240 out of them. We welcomed guests, participants and lectors from the Federation, the Committee; from Italy, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Norway, France, etc.

The Festival had its film program shown in 6 places in Varna and in SOK Kamchia.

Bulgarian Red Cross made presentations and demonstrations.

A guest and participant, ahead of an imposing group from the Turkish Red Crescent was the President of the Turkish Red Crescent, Dr. Kerem Kinik /who was elected Vice-president of the Federation few weeks after the festival/.

Short history of the Festival

The International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films was founded in 1965 and interrupted in 1991.

The Festival proved to be the only film festival in the world, as a forum, disputing upon humanitarian issues. By that time, the Festival had been organized by the Bulgarian Red Cross /supported by the Bulgarian state institutions/, by the League of Red Cross Societies, by UNESCO, by the World Health Organization. A great number of eminent leaders of the Movement Representatives of the Committee and the Federation have been participating in the work of the Festival during the years.

In 2014 we, the National Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross, headed by its president Acad. Hristo Grigorov, dr. h. c. , the Medical University of Varna, headed by its rector Prof. Krasimir Ivanov, MD, PhD, DSc and Ilko Raev, Chairman to the District Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross and member of the National Board of the Bulgarian Red Cross, being patronized by the Vice-president’s institution /at present by the Vice-president of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. Iliana Iotova/made a step to restore the abandoned International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films in Varna, Bulgaria. After this long-term interruption /1991- 2014/, the re-birth of the Festival was a great challenge. Step by step we enjoy becoming supported by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, by many National Societies, journalists, actors, directors and filmmakers in the world.

Contact Adress
Postal address

International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films - Varna
3 Bratia Shkorpil Str.
9000 Varna


Festival Secretary

Mrs Svetla Lefterova
phone: +359 888 422 421
Mrs Bilyana Raeva
phone: +359 884 111 234

Foundation International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films

Bank details:

IBAN: BG02STSA93000022044759
Bank: DSK
Bank adress: Bulgaria, Sofia 1036, 19 Moskovska Str.