International Portrait Film Festival

Sofia, Bulgaria

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25 Aug 2022

Published: 07 Feb 2022
 Has submission fees
Short films

IPFF is on the path towards its fourth edition in 2023. Once again, we will celebrate short portrait cinema and art which explores, educates, and transforms.


A portrait is an image heavy with meaning. Multilayered and multifaceted, it has a visual, psychological, material, emotional and spiritual dimension.

A portrait always undergoes a transformation. It imitates and repeats life, but becomes something or someone new along the way. It changes its original subject while capturing it. Then the portrait is transformed again through the mind of every brave interpreter.

A film portrait is a soul in the form of light encountering the canvas of the white screen while pairs of eyes are staring at its vastness. It is a trace. And a sign. And a reverie. It is past, present, and future intertwined.


The portrait is the focus of the films that will be screened at the IPFF. We are looking for portrait films that have already been completed, as well as such that will be created with the concrete idea of 'portrait'. Of a person. A group of people. An object. Something invisible, but substantial. Of the self. Or of something else.


IPFF welcomes a wide range of films and filmmakers: students, professionals, from low budget to big-scale productions, alternative and independent films by individuals and by collectives or institutions.


IPFF aspires to bring together artists and viewers who sincerely long for enrichment with art, intellectual discussion, and an experience of cinema through a new prism - that of the portrait film.


IPFF is a hybrid event and platform. A symbiosis of intriguing live encounters and memorable virtual experiences: screenings, discussions, lectures, and masterclasses.


IPFF is for those profoundly needing art and excitement. For those hungry for experimental viewpoints. And for the ones forever in love with cinema.

International Festival

Short film festival

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Other  Experimental  Music Video

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