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VARNA: Hungarian film The Citizen, directed by Roland Vranik, was awarded Golden Aphrodite for best film at the 25th edition of the Love is Folly International Film Festival organised by the Congress and Festival Centre-Varna from 25 August to 3 September 2017.

SARAJEVO: Bulgarian film director Milko Lazarov presented his new project Nanook at CineLink Work-in-Progress, that took place from 14 to 16 August 2017 in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

SOFIA: Bulgarian film director Milko Lazarov is in postproduction with his second feature film Nanook. This Bulgarian / German / French coproduction was shot in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic within the Russian Federation, known as one the coldest places on earth. The project will participate in the forthcoming CineLink Work in Progress of the Sarajevo IFF.

SOFIA: Bulgarian film director Konstantin Bojanov is preparing his third feature film, Your Eyes. It will be a smooth transition from his unfinished documentary In Search of a Miracle, which is focused on the ancient tradition of sexual exploitation under the flag of religion. Your Eyes will be entirely shot in India in cooperation with French, Belgian and Indian partners. 

SOFIA: Artscope, the new talent arm of Paris based sales outfit Memento Films International, has picked up Ilian Metev’s feature debut Three Quarters / ¾. This Bulgarian/German coproduction will compete in the Cineasti Del Presente international competition of the 70th Locarno Film Festival. Metev’s long documentary Sofia’s Last Ambulance won a critical kudos and numerous international awards.

SOFIA: Bulgarian-born Canadian animator Theodore Ushev is preparing his first feature film The Spinning Top. Romanian, Macedonian and Serbian coproducers are welcomed. Ushev was nominated at the Oscars 2017 in the Short Animated Film Category with Blind Vaysha.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center allotted 1,856,000 EUR / 3,630,000 BGN at its first session on 29 June 2017. Seven projects, including two feature films with higher budgets, one feature film with lower budget, one debut feature and three short films, received production funding. The development of five feature films was also supported.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Film Academy announced its annual awards with Ivan Pavlov’s black and white Memories of Fear (produced by Art 47) winning the Best Film award for 2016. Krassimir Kroumov-Gretz, a highly respected writer, director and film analyst, was posthumously awarded for the same film together with highly respected composer Bojidar Petkov, both having passed away in 2015.

SOFIA: Mila Voinikova represents Bulgaria as a European Film Promotion 2017 Producer on the Move. For eight years she has been working at Miramar Film founded in 2001 by Ilian Djevelekov, Matey Konstantinov and Georgy Dimitrov.

SOFIA: Former Deputy Minister of Culture Boil Banov was appointed as the new Minister of Culture on 5 May 2017 under Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. He succeeds Rashko Mladenov, Minister of Culture in the caretaker government appointed by the President Rumen Radev on 26 January 2017.