Digital Catalogue of Festivals


Sofia MENAR Film Festival

Activity Active
Founded 2009
Location Sofia
First edition in Varna 2009
Last edition in Varna 2020
Frequency of occurrence every year
Month January
Usual duration 11-20 days
Type cinema
Regulations representative
Audience specialized
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a non-profit organization
Type of participants prevailingly professionals
Places in halls
Access paid
Official website

The Festival was created after the initiative of the Association “Disgrace”. Its first name was “The Flowers of the Koran” (2009 – 2012). The content of the program acquaints the Bulgarian public with the culture and traditions of the Islamic world: feature, documentary and short films. 


The event is held in Sofia, and during its first year of existence it realized an edition in Varna – in the Club “Comics” /the former cinema “Georgi Dimitrov”/, and since 2013 in the Festival and Congress Center. The acronym MENAR comes from the name with which the countries of this region identify themselves as one whole – Middle East and North Africa Region.


In Varna the hosts of the Festival after 2013 are also Art “In the Dark” and Gallery “Arhis”.

Editions in Varna 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020