Producer and Festival Director / Bulgaria
Stefan Kitanov founded the Sofia International Film Festival in 1997, the biggest international film festival in Bulgaria and one of the key film events in Central and Eastern Europe accredited by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations). He was the director and programmer of the Cinema House, the leading art cinema theater representing Bulgaria. Since 1995, he has produced and co-produced more than 20 films with directors such as Rangel Valchanov, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Stephan Komandarev that received national and international recognition (Komandarev's The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film Award of the Oscars). He also released numerous films theatrically in Bulgaria made by film masters including Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismaki, Terry Gilliam, Darden brothers, Ken Loach, and Kore-eda Hirokazu. A member of the European Film Academy, he was selected for the jury at various film festivals including Venice, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Moscow, Cluj, Wiesbaden, Thessaloniki, and EFA.