Watch out what you are watching The International film festival focusing on human rights


Sofia DocuMental is the first of its kind international documentary film festival in Bulgaria with a focus on human rights. We are screening contemporary and topical documentary films and organising open debates and discussions with filmmakers and experts in various fields. Sofia DocuMental focuses on the most important socio-political issues of the day and by doing so aims to develop an actively engaged civil society in Bulgaria.

One of the themes in focus at this online "zero" edition is freedom of speech. Our initial plan was to host a physical edition but due to the challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic in 2020, we decided to hold a reduced but still excellent selection of 15 films, which will be available from the 10 to 18 December at

These films will be shown for the first time in Bulgaria and will present topics which, in one way or another, relate to the reality many Bulgarians face as well.

The audience will have the chance to meet the filmmakers behind the films on certain days and hours during the festival. We have arranged for the authors, producers, journalists, and human rights lawyers to tune in online in order for you to be able to meet them, participate in discussions, and ask your questions.

As a pioneer in the development of documentary filmmaking not only in Bulgaria but in the region, the Balkan Documentary Center aims to create a community in Bulgaria, where authors and viewers can get together and set up a space for open discussion and enable positive social change.

The festival is organised by the Balkan Documentary Center and Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria in official partnership with the Czech Center / Czech Embassy in Bulgaria with the support of the National Culture Fund; Sofia Municipality; Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria; the Swiss Embassy in Bulgaria; the European Parliament Liaison Office in Bulgaria; the German Embassy in Bulgaria

Official media partners: DNEVNIK and National Geographic

Екип на фестивала:
Martichka Bozhilova (festival director),
Evi Karageorgu (programmer, copywriter),
Neda Milanova (festival coordinator),
Neli Ruseva (editor, translator),
Kevork Vanlyan (technical supervisor),
Mihail Ilievski (festival production)

Visual identity:
Ogilvy Sofia София (Ivan Hadzhivelikov, Ivelina Gicheva, Omana Katzarska, Margarita Edreva, Lora Docheva)