International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films


June 20 - 23, 2024



Academy 2024 of the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films is held under the patronage of the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliana Yotova




Please accept my warmest congratulations on the occasion of the Academy of this now established and globally recognized forum. Varna, with its traditional festivals, has long been a center that unites cultural, musical, scientific and educational events. For me, as mayor, it is an honor to be part of these processes related to the development of our beautiful seaside city and to witness the new horizons that are unfolding before us.

Varna's festivals are our emblem, because they also bring a feeling of summer, sea, new emotions and dreams, movement, bubbling life, communication and change. I am convinced that the innovative form, extraordinary spaces, various themes and participants of the International Red Cross Film Festival Academy will impress its audience again this year. Because every society needs events that foster humanity, tolerance and understanding. Your aspiration to teach young people to harmonious coexistence and voluntary mutual assistance in the fast-paced and multi-layered city life is remarkable. I also like the idea that the festival gives space to heterogeneous groups and communities in the form of alternative contemporary art. The different view and reading of the most painful and delicate topics of the day are also interesting.

I also congratulate you on the special creative approach of the Festival, thanks to which, for so many years, the difficulties and challenges facing the modern world have been openly discussed.

I wish everyone success and health!

Blagomir Kotsev
Mayor of the Municipality of Varna

Dear participants and guests,

Dear friends,

"Through humanism towards peace and friendship" - this motto was not accidentally chosen by the organizers of the International Festival of Health and Red Cross Films - the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Medical University - Varna.

The values ​​of our festival unite us in the pursuit of a better, harmonious and humane society. It reinforces our commitment and allegiance to these values ​​by bringing together creatives, healthcare professionals and volunteers from around the world to share their stories, experiences and inspiration. Through the power of cinema, we have the opportunity to spread messages of humanity, peace, hope and solidarity.

Over the past years, the International Health and Red Cross Film Festival has established itself as a global cultural event. It strengthens the connections between generations, art, cultures and professional communities.

Thanks to all organizers, participants and partners for their support. Let us together continue to build bridges of understanding, empathy and care, and create a better future for all of us.

I wish the Academy of International Health and Red Cross Film Festival 2024 inspirational moments and success!

Chairman of the Bulgarian Red Cross

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

On the occasion of the Academy of the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films, please accept my most sincere congratulations and wishes for health and creative inspiration!

With each past edition, this prestigious festival, co-organized by the Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov", affirms Varna and Bulgaria on the world cultural stage, thanks to the unifying power of cinematography and humanitarian values.

I am glad that the cultural forum attracts more and more participants and provokes an increasing interest of young people in volunteering as a conscious way of life!

I expect the strong selection of films dedicated to current health and humane topics with important universal human messages to once again generate strong viewer interest.

Thank you to everyone who enthusiastically, persistently and dedicatedly works for the realization of the event, which has become an integral part of the rich cultural calendar of Varna!

Good afternoon at the Academy of the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films!

Prof. Dr. Dimitar Raykov, MD
Rector of Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" - Varna

Dear like-minded people,

In its sixty-year history, the International Red Cross and Health Film Festival reflects humanitarianism, disaster relief, improving the lives of vulnerable people and protecting their dignity through the medium of cinema.

The festival maintains continuous contact with like-minded people around the world and in Bulgaria in order to update its theme. Between the regular festival editions, we hold an Academy to which we invite the public and prominent analysts to outline current issues and look for their reflection in film and other forms for the next Festival.

Thank you to our many followers, supporters and contributors, as well as our sponsors.

Together we can do a lot in the name of humanism!

Ilko Raev
Director of the International Festival of Redheads and Health Films

Dear viewers,

Dear participants, guests and colleagues!

We are again in Varna Academy at the International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films. And this year we have included films of undisputed high quality that worthily defend our motto "Through Humanism to Peace and Friendship".

Humanity is among the seven basic principles of the Red Cross! That is why the topic of our discussion panel is "Everyday Humanism". We often hear pathetic and pompous words in this direction, which, however, miss the real real problems facing a vast majority of people today. That's why our preferred credible wording is "Everyday Humanity"! We hope that it is understood by everyone and will find its way to the audience, thanks to our authoritative speakers who will offer their reflections for free public debate.

We will be together for a number of days that pass quickly. But more important is what they will leave in the minds of everyone attending our June forum this year.

Good afternoon!

Prof. PhD Bozhidar Manov
Art Director