International Festival
of Red Cross and Health Films

September 16 - 19, 2021
FILMS INSIDE: Re-BONKERS - 14-20 September 2021
FILMS OPEN AIR: Sea Garden - 16-19 September 2021

Jury of 19-th International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films


Born in Sofia, Bulgaria (1947).

Film critic and journalist.

Dean of the Cinema Faculty at the NATFA, Sofia (2011-2013).

Member of the National Film Board, Bulgaria (2017-2019).

Board member of the National Fund "Culture", Bulgaria.

Vice-President of FIPRESCI (International Film Critics Federation, 2001-2005).

Member of European Film Academy.

Multiple president and member of international juries at film festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Palm Springs, Cairo etc.

Books: Theory of the Cinema Image (1996), Digital Audiovision (2000), The Digital Element (2003), Non-Fictional Child (2004), Festival Meetings (2007), Cinema and Other Temptations (2008), Evolution of the Screen Image (2004, 2012), Festival Meetings 2 (2020).



Velina Markovska is a long-term communications specialist with over 25 years of experience in the field. She started working at the Medical University - Varna in 2014 as an expert in Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising, and from 2019 is Head of the Communications and Television Department. Prior to that, she worked for over 15 years as a consultant in the German company Newspaper Group Bulgaria (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung), serving a number of print media in Bulgaria, including the newspapers "24 Hours" and "Dneven Trud". In the period 2013 - 2014 she was a representative for Eastern Bulgaria of the French pharmaceutical company Pierre Fabre. She has a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Economics - Varna and a master's degree in Health Management and Pharmaceutical Management from the Medical University of Varna.

At the Medical University - Varna she has worked in teams on various projects. In 2019 he was the project manager of the Culture Fund, which realized the film "Varna - a scene of multinational youth communities", which was presented at the Cultural Institute of Bulgaria in Berlin to diplomats, cultural figures, artists and young people. She was a host of ceremonies in Varna.

She is a member of the Bulgarian Public Relations Society (BDVO).


Born in the town of Harmanli.

He studied for 3 years as an engineer, but then transferred to VITIZ "Krastyo Sarafov" and graduated in 1972 in the class of Prof. Zhelcho Mandadzhiev with assistant Krikor Azaryan.

From 1972 to 1975 he played in Dimitrovgrad in the Apostol Karamitev Theater.

Since 1975 he has been the star of the Varna DT "Stoyan Bachvarov". In the last 10 years he has been working most often with the director Yavor Gardev.

He has won the ASKEAR award twice.

He has an ICAR award, as well as an award for male role in the film "DZIF" at the "GOLDEN ROSE" festival.

He has played over 50 roles in the theater.

He has acted in over 30 movies and series. The last series is "THE PORTAL" on Bulgarian National Television.

About him is the documentary film "The Lone Captain on a Long Voyage" on BNT in 2004, as well as the film "CIRCLES OF SILENCE" - released recently.

Together with his son he played in the productions "THE DOWN", "CALIGULA" and "MARAD / GARDEN", ​​played in several European countries and in Russia. All of them are the work of the director Yavor Gardev.


Reni Petkova is 19 years old from the city of Varna. This year she graduated from the Mathematical High School "Dr. Petar Beron" with excellent results and from September she will be a student of Medicine at the Medical University "Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" in Varna.

She has been a volunteer in the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth for three years, having been a deputy regional coordinator for one year, and for the last two years she has been the regional coordinator of the youth organization in Varna. She has passed many trainings in the system of the Bulgarian Red Cross, some of which are First Aid - Level 3, First Psychological Assistance and Psychosocial Support - Level 2, the new module of the BRCY life skills, the module Healthy Lifestyle - Level 1 to the Health Program of the BRCY.

She participated in the creation, preparation and shooting of the short film of the Bulgarian Red Cross-Varna - "Inspiration", which received an award from the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films in 2019. Her great passion is reading and folk dancing.


Sia Papazova is a playwright, theater and film critic. Since 2007 - theater pedagogue and artistic director of the Children's and Youth Theater "Golden Key" at ODK - Varna. She is the author of plays, television films, theater projects, over 500 articles in the field of theater theory and criticism. She is also the author of the books: "Varna Theater - a social phenomenon" (contains acting portraits, problematic articles, reviews, critical reviews) and "Save and Preserve" (relating to the principles, tasks, new moments in theatrical education of children and adolescents).

Winner of a screenplay award from the V National Review of Television Films "Golden Antenna", Sandanski, 1980; two Varna Awards (1982, 2001); three first prizes of the Ministry of Education and Science (2010, 2014, 2016); seven first prizes for adaptation and directing from international and national forums of children's and youth creativity (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).Honorary badge of merit to Varna - gold, for the contribution of DYUT "Golden Key", creator of future theater and film (2019).

Special award from the National Competition for Teachers "Innovators in Education" at the University of Veliko Tarnovo "St.St. Cyril and Methodius"(2020).