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The international launch of ASVOFF 9 will be held in Sofia at Nu Boyana Film Studios June 9-11

The international launch of ASVOFF 9 will be held in Sofia at Nu Boyana Film Studios June 9-11

For the 9th edition of ​A Shaded View on Fashion Film [ASVOFF]​, founder and director of the festival Diane Pernet has invited her prestigious guests to ‘the Hollywood of the Balkans’, Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria. Guests will be arriving from New York City, Los Angeles, Beijing, London, Berlin, Barcelona and of course, Paris.

Over three-days, more than 100 films will be screened at A​ SVOFF​, the world’s first film festival dedicated to fashion, style and beauty. In addition to the 70 in-competition films there are 2 out of competition films, 5 documentaries, 12 student films, 13 wearable technology fashion films and 5 master classes during the festivities from June 9-11, 2017.

ASVOFF 9 will bring together cinematic greats and maverick directors in competition. They include ​Sean Baker​, best known for his independent feature films Tangerine, Prince of Broadway, Take Out and Starlet; ​Ivan Olita​; ​Tim Yip​, the director that won two awards for art direction, sets and costumes for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger; ​Ellen von Unwerth​; ​Emir Erlap​ and ​Daniel Askill​. ​RANKIN​’s tongue and cheek documentary about fashion and the 24 year-old artist, photographer and filmmaker Petra Collins behind the film Gucci Dreamscape will be sure to entertain.

With an ability to inhabit both arthouse and blockbuster productions, an exceptional group of acting talent feature in this year’s selection including ​Kristen Stewart, Rossy de Palma, Emmanuelle Seigner, Waris, Dita Von Teese ​and​ Lady Gaga​. Some of the many fashion brands which have commissioned films or feature in the ASVOFF 9 programme are: ​Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto Hermes, Prada ​and many more​. ​The festival offers a unique opportunity to discover both established and emerging brands and directors.

One of the many attractions during the festival will be a 48-minute ​homage to Bruce Weber​, a living legend whose creative instincts have defined whole eras of photography, fashion and cinema over the course of his four-decade-long career. Meanwhile, the inimitable artist and wife of ​Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky w​ill take us behind the scenes with a fly on the wall documentary of the making of Jodorowsky’s last film, Endless Poetry.

Emerging talents and established names form a fascinating kaleidoscope of styles, genres and narrations, to present an ever-richer and diverse interpretation of fashion film at this edition of ASVOFF. Ten prizes will be on offer: the Grand Prize, Best Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Styling, Best Sound Design, Beauty Prize, Best Editing, Emerging Talent, Jury Prize and the first Wearable Technology Fashion Film competition, curated by Alex Murray-Leslie.


This year’s jury president is​ ​Eric Daman​ an Emmy® Award winning costume designer, celebrity stylist, fashion designer, author, who is emerging as a popular event host and television personality. Other jury members include:

Waris Ahluwali – Actor and Designer House of Waris

Serge Carreira – Retail Merchandising Director Miu Miu Worldwide Prada Isabel Coixet – Director and Writer
Ivaylo Grancharov – Head of Education at Nu Boyana Film Studios
Marc Happel – Costume Director NYC Ballet

Yoann Lemoine – Director, Singer, Woodkid
Alex Murray Leslie – Curator Wearable Technology Fashion Film Competition
Klaus Stockhausen – Zeit Magazine Fashion Editor, Stylist
Wilson J. Tang – Studio Art Director at Kabam, special effects creator for Starwars 3 Robb Young – Global Markets Editor at BoF.

Special Guests include French artist ​ORLAN​, director, set and costume designer Tim Yip and our youngest addition, the extremely talented artist and 18 year old model ​Cuba Tornado Scott​ who grew up surrounded by cinema alongside her grandfather the celebrated film director Ridley Scott.

Steve Mann ​is the head of the first ASVOFF Wearable Technology Fashion Film Competition​. ​Mann​ ​is widely regarded as “the father of wearable technology”, inventor of wearable augmented reality, and co-inventor [with Minksy and Kurzweil] of the “sensularity” [sensory singularity].
Other Wearable Technology jury members include: STELARC (Performance Artist, Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design & Art, Curtin University Perth), Viktoria Modesta (Performance artist, bionic woman, MIT Media Lab Fellow), Prof. José Teunissen (Dean, School of Design & Technology, London College of Fashion), Bradley Quinn (Author, academic and wearable technology expert), Craig Thompson (Mindspring Sports, Founding Managing Director – UEFA Champions League), Georgia Taglietti (Head of communication Sonar, Barcelona, Director SheSaidSo Barcelona), Atau Tanaka (Professor of Media Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London), Anouk Wipprecht (Fashion Technologist), Dr. Sabine Seymour (Ass Prof Fashionable Technology, Parsons the New School, New York), Nelly Ben Ayoun (Founder and Director, The University of the Underground, Head of Experiences at WeTransfer), Galina Mihaleva (Ass Prof. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Dr. Jonas Rubenson (Dept. Sports Science, The Pennsylvania State University), Mika Satomi (Director etextiles summer camp, KOBAKANT), Dr. Oscar Tomico (Assistant Professor, Designing Quality in Interaction, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology), Valérie Lamontagne (Owner & Designer at 3lectromode, Founder & Creative Director at Agence Simultanée)


Since its launch in 2008, ASVOFF ​( ​has gained critical acclaim for encouraging both emerging and established artists to reconsider the way that fashion is presented and for challenging the conventional parameters of film. ASVOFF tours the globe with screenings at prestigious institutions and events like the ​Centre Pompidou​, the Guggenheim​, the ​Barbican​, ​Art Basel Miami, CaixaForum Barcelona, ​the​ Franz Mayer

Museum ​and the ​Cannes Film Festival ​in a host of creative capitals such as New York, London, Tokyo, Milan, Moscow, Mexico City. ASVOFF is not only a competition of short fashion, style and beauty films but also a travelling international event showcasing feature films, documentaries, conferences, performances and installations – ​making it a must-see on both the fashion calendar and the film circuit for its genre-bending and groundbreaking programme.


ASVOFF has brought together trailblazers and legendary figures such as Chris Cunningham, Tilda Swinton, Nick Knight, Erwin Olaf, Róisín Murphy, Nobuyoshi Araki, Steven Klein, Mike Figgis, Chloë Sevigny, Max Vadukul, Bruce Weber, Dita Von Teese, Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, Serge Lutens, Steven Meisel, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Charlize Theron, Lisa Eisner, Bettina Rheims,Anna Dello Russo, Mark Borthwick, Bip Ling, Ellen von Unwerth, Kristen McMenamy, Bryan Adams, Walter Pfeiffer, Rossy de Palma, Daphne Guinness, Yi Zhou, Cara Delevingne, Sean O’pry, Irina Shayk,Drew Barrymore, Jim Jarmusch, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Lara Stone, David Agbodji, Faye Dunaway and Ultra Violet as well as fashion heavyweights Chanel, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin, Stephen Jones, Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Yohji Yamamoto, Rodarte, Charlie le Mindu, Gareth Pugh, Dior Homme, Haider Ackermann, Pierre Cardin, Armani, Opening Ceremony, Gieves & Hawkes, Terry de Havilland, Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, House of Holland, Balmain, Undercover, Sergio Rossi, Agent Provocateur, Fabergé, Gianfranco Ferre, Manish Arora, Christian Dior, Christopher Raeburn, Diesel, Richard Nicoll, Cassette Playa, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Iris van Herpen, Hussein Chalayan and Mr. Pearl.


Diane Pernet is a world-renowned fashion critic and video journalist based in Paris. Previously a photographer and fashion designer, she now acts as documentary filmmaker, talent scout and fashion blogger. Pernet was one of the earliest fashion journalists to embrace the power of the internet, first through a column in online editions of ​Elle​ and Vogue​ and later through her own site, ​A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION​ ( which since its inception in 2005 has become a ‘must-read’ in fashion and creative industry circles. Pernet was recognised in 2008 for being a pioneer in digital media when she was chosen as one of three influential global bloggers to take part in a panel celebrating a seminal fashion exhibition at New York’s ​Metropolitan Museum of Art​. As one of the most recognisable faces in fashion, she has also been captured on the other side of the movie camera through ​cameo appearances in Robert Altman’s film, ​‘Prêt-à-Porter’​ and in Roman Polanski’s ​‘The Ninth Gate’​.​ While contributing to some of the most highly-acclaimed fashion magazines and pioneering online media, Pernet launched ASVOFF in 2008.​ ​ As ​the founder of the world’s first film festival dedicated to fashion, style and beauty​, she is widely considered to have incubated the ‘fashion film’ from its infancy to the popular genre that it is becoming today. Pernet is not only credited with providing the first platform of its kind for the ‘fashion film’ genre to evolve and flourish, but also with helping ‘fashion film’ to revolutionize aspects of the fashion industry, breathe life into static photography, offer a new outlet to filmmakers – and to trigger several important commercial, business and digital media opportunities across the fashion and movie industries.


In just a few years the digital revolution has completely transformed the production of fashion images. No longer does fashion photography hold the monopoly, cinema is the new format for brand storytelling. A reciprocity and fascination has always existed between fashion and film but now fashion films have acquired their own status. New technology allows wide and less costly distribution of fashion film, enhancing its credibility. This phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by fashion brands of all sizes, who are commissioning more and more films from photographers, directors and emerging young talents. Most international brands have their own Vimeo and YouTube channels now and it is through these social channels that fashion film can be seen, shared and commented on by millions all over the world.

Although fashion films were originally simple ad spots, they have now adapted themselves as new communication tools. Sometimes, the most effective messages are neither direct nor aggressive. What they do is generate engagement and loyalty vis-à-vis the connected communities. Fashion films are not just about clothes and make-up or aesthetics. They lend themselves to all kinds of cinematic categories: from new interpretations of classic cinematic formats like the action-adventure, sci-fi thriller, black comedy, erotic fantasy, animation, horror flick, political satire, romantic blooper, docudramas to an infinite number of fascinating hybrid formats as well. With the proliferation of these short fashion films, a new cinematographic form has gradually taken the lead from fashion photography to becoming an essential expression of a brand’s universe. ​(Abridged text by Serge Carreira, maître de conférences at Sciences Po Paris)

For more information on the full schedule and briefs on all of the 5 master classes, please visit

For the first time ever a fashion film festival will be launched at a movie studio

For the first time ever a fashion film festival will be launched at a movie studio

For the first time ever a fashion film festival will be launched at a movie studio, the Hollywood of the Balkans. Balkan Fashion Week will be held from June 5-10th at Nu Boyana Film Studios.

The ambition of the organizers is to gather artists from around the world in Bulgaria,a country not yet known as a fashion destination. The theme is “Fashion meets cinema” and Nu Boyana Film Studios is the  gracious host and  partner of the event. The event would not have been possible without the support of Nu Boyana Film Studios. Starting June 5 – 10th Nu Boyana will become the  largest “Fashion City” in Eastern Europe.

With the educated eye of international industry professionals designers and film directors will have the opportunity to showcase their work during Balkan Fashion Week.

The aim of the fashion platform is to create and establish lasting conditions for long term collaboration between East and West Europe. Various fashion and art presentations, as well as live music performances, will take place amidst the the scenery of the studio in Nu Boyana Film Studios.

At the special meeting with the media, the organizers of the biggest fashion forum in the Balkans revealed details of their event. The press conference opened with Mr. Yariv Lerner , the CEO of the Nu Boyana Film Studios expressing his excitement in the collaboration that will take place over the next few months at Nu Boyana. Nu Boyana gives their support to the special projects with the Balkan Fashion Week. Among the events taking place will be a film competition by the first annual international fashion film festival, ASVOFF and the grand prize, the Nu Boyana prize, will be 50,000 EUROS in services and 5,000 euros in cash to the winner which will help fund the filming and realization of a short or feature film. Mr. Lerner is an advocate of supporting emerging talent. “This is only a small part of the the surprises that are in store for you and the exciting things that we have prepared.” Said Mr. Lerner.

The international fashion icon, blogger, talent scout and creator of the first annual international fashion film festival, Diane Pernet, was a guest at the conference. For the past nine years ASVOFF has been launched in Paris, first at the Jeu de Paume and then for the past 7 years at Centre Pompidou. This edition marks the first time the festival has been launched outside of Paris and on a film studio. Be prepared for live broadcasts of the event around the globe in locations such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan, Moscow and Bucharest.

“Up until now ASVOFF has screened at many locations around the world but this year we decided to do something completely different and to launch ASVOFF 9 on a film set, Nu Boyana. The film studio is the heart and the soul of cinema so it only makes sense to launch ASVOFF 9 here and thanks to Mr. Lerner and Balkan Fashion Week we have been given that opportunity. We feel like kids in a toy shop in a constant state of wonderment at all the possibilities Nu Boyana studios provides.” Said Diane about the upcoming edition of her prestigious film festival.

In attendance at the press conference were Mira Postolache – International PR of Balkan Fashion Week, Jolita Manolova – Art Director of the Balkan Fashion Week, as well as some of the organizers : Teodora Guergova, Kristina Dimitrova, Maria Koleva, Elena Alexy and Mila Zaharieva.

Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival BIWC will be held days before the opening of the Balkan Fashion Week and their theme this year is the fight against breast cancer. Balkan Fashion week will partner in the campaign against breast cancer, which has a worldwide motto: #winelover against cancer. Its aim is to raise awareness and information about disease prevention. T-shirts with the campaign slogan will be available to purchase during Balkan Fashion Week. The funds raised by the sale of the t-shirts will go towards the purchase of a camper van, which will travel across the country providing research and information to women in Bulgaria.

The sixth edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition & Festival BIWC 2017 – with a cause against breast cancer

The sixth edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition & Festival BIWC 2017 – with a cause against breast cancer

The sixth edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition & Festival will be held from 1 to 4 June, 2017 in Grand Hotel Sofia. Bulgaria will become again the spotlight for the world wine community and therefore one of the objectives that  BIWC has set  is the launching  of campaign against breast cancer, which goes around the world under the motto: #winelover against cancer, to raise awareness and ways for prevention of the disease. During the exhibition special shirts can be purchased and together with the tickets fund raising will go for special diagnose camper  who will travel around the country.

This campaign has involved more than 20 000 people already from around the world who are united in the group #winelover. The campaign was launched in 2015 and will be held for the first time in Bulgaria. The idea for the campaign came from the fact that the creator of the world movement #winelover, Luis Alberto will be part of the international jury of the Balkan International Wine Competition 2017., who together with Patrick Farrell  MD, MW initiated this noble cause.

The sixth edition of the Balkan International Wine CompetitionContest & Festival will gather for anothe ryear top Masters of Wine – BIWC jury chairman Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – Greece, Caroline Gilby MW– UK, Christy Canterbury MW– USA and Rod Smith MW – France.

The organizers have prepared a rich supporting program  for both wine professionals and wine lovers.

For more information:

Nelly Ruseva, Communications Manager BIWC: 0886 555 865, mail:

Galina Niforou, Director BIWC: 0885 731 331, mail: