FEATURE FILM COMPETITION 2017
1. THE NURSE
Needing to start a new life but unable to succeed, Leyla shuttles between a constant effort to lose weight and eating while political convicts begin a death fast to protest the F type prisons. Kerem, one of the activists, is brought to the hospital Leyla works. His room that is also his prison from which he is physically not allowed to leave becomes over time Leyla’s chosen escape from her troubles and misery.
Born in Istanbul, in 1973. Graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Cinema TV Department.
Worked as script writer, director, and DOP in various short fiction films and documentaries. Wrote the scripts of a children’s TV program, and worked as assistant director and art director in various TV projects and feature films.
Hristo is a former homeless boy who managed to find a job and rent a place. He would do anything to get a normal living. Despite his hard work one day he gets fired and he is forced to go back to living on the streets. Time passes by in unsuccessfully trying to find a new job. Life gets tougher in the winter and he hits the limits of surviving. One night he almost kills a man in order to take his job. All goes well until at one point he faces a choice – to save the life of his friend, or lose his job again.
Grigor Lefterov is a Bulgarian director and screenwriter. In the period 1983-1986, he studied Medicine and, in 1988-1990, Bulgarian Philology at the Sofia University St. KlimentOhridski. In the period 1994-2000, he studied Film and Television Directing at Bulgarian National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, gaining a Master’s Degree. He worked at Bulgarian National Television as the director and screenwriter of many programmes. In 2010, he won a BNT competition for his sit-com script “Second Hand”. In 2008, he won a competition held by the National Film Center for his short film script of “The Desert Runner”. In 2012, his script “Hristo” was ranked first in the feature film category at Bulgarian National Film Center. Is currently completing his first film as a producer and prepares the next.
3. Apricot Groves
Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Aram met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.
Pouria Heidary Oureh
Pouria Heidary Oureh was born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran. From young age he was interested in visual and performance arts and storytelling, especially through drawings. He graduated from SAE institute of Digital Film in Dubai.