From 22 to 24 June 2018 in Shumen, Bulgaria, took place for the 19th time “The International
Festival of Amateur Historical Films” under the auspices of UNICA, organized by Shumen
Municipality, “Dobri Voynikov-1856” House of Culture and “Madara Horseman” Cinema Club.
Like good hosts, the citizens of Shumen welcomed guests from Bulgaria and from abroad -
about 100 friends of cinema and history came to the room. The festival opened Mrs. Desislava
Zlateva - Head of Culture Department at Shumen Municipality. On behalf of the Bulgarian Minister
of Culture - Mr. Boil Banov, Mrs. Silva Hacheryan has read greetings to the participants in the
Mr. Michail Mezhlev and his grandson, representatives of the children's studio "Generation
XXI" from the town of Orel, Russia, donated to the House of Culture an original copy of the painting
by Pavel Kovalevski “1877 Dobri Voynikov interpreter at the headquarters of the XII Russian Corps”.
The guests from KV “Milton Manaki” Club from Bitola, Macedonia, celebrated the 15th anniversary
of its relations with “Madara Horseman” Cinema Club with a gift - a picture titled "Landscape of
58 films were featured on the festival screen. The jury chaired by Mr. Alexander Donev made
a thorough evaluation of the competition program, underlined that this year there are many good
films, but also those to which something is not enough.
The authors of 17 films were awarded. Deputy Mayor of Shumen Municipality -Mr. Nayden
Kossev awarded the first prize for the film "Actress" to “Madara Horseman” Cinema Club, second -
for "All Saints and a Devil" to group "Ruse-film" and third - for the movie "Situation at the Border"
by Valeri Dobrev from Dimitrovgrad. In the final words, he wished the cinema lovers to keep their
creative flame and to prepare for participation in the next 20th edition of the festival, who then will
mark his 50th anniversary.