Прессъобщение преди турнира на "БЕСТ" в София през 2019 г.

УНИВЕРСИТЕТЪТ ЗА НАЦИОНАЛНО И СВЕТОВНО СТОПАНСТВО ЩЕ БЪДЕ ДОМАКИН НА НАЦИОНАЛНИЯ ТУРНИР ПО РЕЧ И ДЕБАТИ

На 19-21 април 2019 г. ученици от цяла България ще участват в турнир по реч и дебати на английски език в университетът за национално и световно стопанство гр. София. Университетът за първи път става домакин на турнир на фондация “БЕСТ”. Учениците ще се състезават в следните 5 дисциплини на английски език: дебати, публична реч, драматически дует, рецитиране на проза и рецитиране на поезия. Награди ще бъдат връчени за всяка една от тези категории, както и за цялостно отборно представяне.

Турнирът в София ще бъде 6-ият  за “БЕСТ” за 2018-2019 учебна година и общо 34-ият.  На него могат да се състезават отбори от цялата страна, но предимно се насърчава участието на тези достигнали до финали или полуфинали на миналите турнири през учебната година, както и на най-добрите 6 отбора по дебати от всяко състезание. Очаква се над 400 ученици да посетят състезанието, превръщайки този турнир в най-мащабния за годината.

За Фондация “БЕСТ”

“БЕСТ” на английски е съкращение на “Български турнири по английска реч и дебати”. Основана през 2013 година, Фондация “БЕСТ” предоставя на българските ученици, изучаващи английски език, възможност да бъдат част от общност, където не само да усъвършенстват уменията си по английски език, но и да постигнат личностно развитие. “БЕСТ” си поставя за цел да мотивира учениците да мислят критически, да се изразяват креативно, и да бъдат част от общество, което активно се интересува от бъдещето и успеха на България. Предоставяме възможност за участие в състезания по английска реч и дебати както в България, така и международно.

2019 Sofia Pre-Tournament Press Release

The University of National and World Economy to Host 2019 Speech and Debate Tournament

On April 19th - 21st of 2019, the University of National World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia will host the BEST Foundation National Tournament. This will be the University’s first time hosting a BEST tournament. Students will compete in five events: English-language debate, poetry and prose performance, duo interpretation, and original oratory.

The Sofia tournament will be BEST’s 34th tournament, and the 6th and final tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. The tournament is open to English-language speech and debate teams across the country, specifically students who were ranked as semifinalists in speech events at each regional tournament, and the top six debate teams from each regional tournament. BEST expects to host approximately 400 student competitors in Sofia, making it the largest English-language speech tournament to happen so far this year.

BEST has already hosted three additional events during the spring semester including two regional tournaments, and Balkan Voices, an international original oratory competition.

About The BEST Foundation

BEST stands for Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments. Established in 2013, BEST provides the English-language learners of Bulgaria an opportunity to come together and pursue personal growth through English language speech and debate. BEST aims to empower students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and create a dynamic community that truly cares about the success and the future of Bulgaria. We provide a platform for English-language speech and debate domestically and send Bulgarian students abroad to compete internationally.


The BEST Movie - an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers

Our videography intern, Gergana Kirilova is leading a project which can prove to be an amazing opportunity for BEST students who might be interested in pursuing a career in film one day.

The “BEST Movie” project aims to help motivated students develop their skills by producing a short movie over the course of a weekend. A team of talented young filmmakers will be selected through an online application process and will get to write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours on April 13-14.

SKILLS YOU WILL DEVELOP

  • Teamwork – the film industry heavily relies on collaboration, which is why becoming a good team player will help with independent projects later

  • Creativity – participants will need to generate ideas for a story and ways to tell the story

  • Problem solving – finishing a short film in under 48 hours is a challenging experience, which will push them to make decisions quickly and find solutions to problems

  • Developing their portfolio – having a completed short film proves your passion and is extremely useful when it comes to finding a job, internship or being accepted into film school

MAKING OF THE MOVIE

After the crew is selected, there are going to be a couple of Skype meetings for further discussion of the schedule and for everyone to get to know each other. The team will be able to discuss strategies for how to finish the film in that time frame. The participants are going to arrive in Sofia on April 12 (Friday) and will be given a theme for the movie. The only restrictions for the team are that they will have to include all actors and base their story on the given theme. They are free to decide how long all stages of production (pre-production, filming and post-production) take.

If you are interested in this project, refer to the application details below. This project is financially supported by the National curriculum for youth (2016-2020) of the Ministry of youth and sports.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process opens on 09.02.2019 and closes on 18.03.2019. The selected students will be announced on 20.03.2019

There are three roles for which a student can apply. If they want, they can apply for two categories, specifying which one they prefer. Each role has different application requirements listed below.

1. Scriptwriter

Although the story for the short film will be a combination of everyone’s ideas, the scriptwriter is  the one that makes the final decisions, writes and supervises the script. Application requirements:

  • A short motivational letter

  • A sample of short creative writing, the student has done – it can be a script, a story or a passage from a book, in English or Bulgarian

2. Film Director

A director guides the rest of the crew, monitors performances and technical quality. Application requirements:

  • A short motivational letter

  • A short video they have directed of any genre (preferably a short movie)

3. Actor/actress

As actors they are going to depict characters, using voice, appearance and gestures. Application requirements:

  • A short motivational letter

  • A video of them performing a dialogue or a monologue from a movie scene (The movie is their choice, just make sure that the title is included. If the student has a friend help them, please make sure that they specify which person in the scene they are.)

We wish good luck to everyone! We can’t wait to get all your submissions!

Please send your applications with the above materials to info@bestfoundation.bg.

Bulgarian National Debate Team 2019 Application Opens!

For the third year BDA (Bulgarian Debate Association) and the BEST Foundation are looking for 8 motivated high school students from across the country to represent Bulgaria by competing in an international debate tournament in Europe.

The team of students will undergo intense training and will get the chance to learn from experienced debaters, after which they will compete. Previous teams have had great achievements in the Heart of Europe Debating Tournament such as being in the octofinals in 2017 and quarterfinals in 2018, as well as participating in the World Schools Debate Tournament in 2018.

The selection process for the national team is planned in three stages. The members of the previous debate team and finalists of national debate tournaments for the 2017/2018 school year will get a direct invitation to the last stage of the process.

Everyone else (regardless of past debate experience) who wants to be part of the team can apply by following the steps below. All materials submitted must be in English!

First stage: Online Application

Deadline: 23th December, 23:59

  • Video in which the candidate should give a proposition-side speech up to 8 minutes, on the motion: This house believes that the government should ban hate speech.

  • Motivational letter, no longer than one page, answering the questions: Why do you want to be a member of the National Debate Team and how would you contribute to the team if you are selected?

Please send the video and motivational letter to nationaldebateteam@debate.bg no later than the 23th of December

The speech can be sent via any file-sharing platform (such as Google Drive or WeTransfer) or it can be uploaded to a video-sharing platform like YouTube.

Second Stage: Interview (This is stage is meant only for those who pass the first stage)
The interviews will be conducted between 5th and 15th January

After reviewing the results of the first stage, we will reach out to the candidates and inform them if they have qualified for the second one. The interview will be organized by the BDA and the BEST, and it will feature two parts:
(a) general questions concerning your motivation, personal traits and skills;
(b) an impromptu motion, on which you will think and give improvised arguments

Third Stage: Final Live Selection

TBD, Sofia

For the third and final stage we will select 20 students, who will go through three-day training camp where they will get the opportunity to work with the team’s coaches. At the end of the weekend, the eight members of the National Debate Team representing Bulgaria will be chosen.

The selected students will go through training camps and gain access to online seminars, resources and will participate in tournaments in order to improve and develop.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us at
nationaldebateteam@debate.bg.

Прессъобщение преди турнира на "БЕСТ" във Враца през 2018 г.

ПЕГ “Йоан Екзарх” ще бъде домакин на есенния турнир по реч и дебати

На 17-18 ноември 2018 г. ученици от цяла България ще участват в турнир по реч и дебати на английски език в ПЕГ “Йоан Екзарх”, гр. Враца. Това ще бъде първото състезание на Фондация “БЕСТ” за учебната 2018-2019 година и вторият път на града и на училището като домакини. Учениците ще се състезават в следните 5 дисциплини на английски език: дебати, публична реч, драматически дует, рецитиране на проза и рецитиране на поезия. Награди ще бъдат връчени за всяка една от тези категории, както и за цялостно отборно представяне.

Турнирът във Враца ще бъде първи  за “БЕСТ” за 2018/2019 година и общо 29-и.  На него могат да се състезават отбори от цялата страна, но предимно се насърчава участието на тези от западна България. Очаква се над 280 ученици да посетят състезанието.

Турнирът е първият от двата областни турнирa през първия учебен срок. Второто състезание ще се проведе в Сливен на 1-2 декември. “БЕСТ” ще организира още четири турнира през втория срок: два регионални, един национален и един международен турнир.

За Фондация “БЕСТ”

“БЕСТ” на английски е съкращение на “Български турнири по английска реч и дебати”. Основана през 2013 година, Фондация “БЕСТ” предоставя на българските ученици, изучаващи английски език, възможност да бъдат част от общност, където не само да усъвършенстват уменията си по английски език, но и да постигнат личностно развитие. “БЕСТ” си поставя за цел да мотивира учениците да мислят критически, да се изразяват креативно, и да бъдат част от общество, което активно се интересува от бъдещето и успеха на България. Предоставяме възможност за участие в състезания по английска реч и дебати както в България, така и международно.


2018 Vratsa Pre-tournament Press Release

Yoan Ekzarh Foreign Language School - Vratsa to Host 2018 Speech and Debate Tournament

On November 17-18th 2018, Yoan Ekzarh Language School in Vratsa will host a BEST tournament - a second time for both the school and the town. Students will compete in five events: English-language debate, poetry and prose performance, duo interpretation, and original oratory.

The Vratsa tournament will be BEST’s 29th tournament and the first in the 2018-2019 school year.

The tournament is open to English-language speech and debate teams across the country, but targets schools located in the western region. BEST expects to host approximately 360 people in Vratsa, including over 280 student competitors.

The tournament will be the first of two fall regional tournaments. The East Tournament will take place in Sliven on December 1-2nd 2019. BEST will also host four tournaments during the Spring semester: two regional tournaments, a tournament hosted at AUBG, and a National tournament.

About The BEST Foundation

BEST stands for Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments. Established in 2013, BEST provides the English-language learners of Bulgaria an opportunity to come together and pursue personal growth through English language speech and debate. BEST aims to empower students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and create a dynamic community that truly cares about the success and the future of Bulgaria. We provide a platform for English-language speech and debate domestically and send Bulgarian students abroad to compete internationally.