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SOFIA: Admissions and box office for domestic films increased in Bulgaria in 2016 for the first time in the last six years. Admissions to domestic films increased by 94.72 percent while the box office increased by 248 percent.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s National Film Center is celebrating the 13th National Cinema Day on 13 January 2017. The official celebration will be performed in close collaboration with the National Palace of Culture.

SOFIA: Acclaimed director, scriptwriter and producer Stephan Komandarev completed the shooting of his low budget feature film Directions aka Compatibility on 5 December 2016. The film is a Bulgarian /German/ Macedonian coproduction, whose financing took less than a year.

SOFIA: Paul Solet’s American thriller Unchained, starring Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas, started shooting in Bulgaria at the end of November 2016. Nu Boyana Film Studios is servicing.

SOFIA: Bulgarian National Film Center allotted slightly above 2m EUR / 4 m BGN at its second session on 2 December 2016. Six feature films and four short films received production funding, while script development grants went to three feature films.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s most important autumn film celebration Cinemania, which opened at the National Palace of Culture on 17 November 2016 with Peter Valchanov’s and Kristina Grozeva’s Glory coproduced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas Film and Greece’s Graal Film, gave its special award to the festival’s founder, the film director and professor Lyudmil Staykov at the closing ceremony on 1 December.

SOFIA: Bubblegum, the first feature film by well-known Bulgarian TV serials director Stanislav Todorov – Rogi, has entered postproduction.

COTTBUS: Iglika Triffonova’s The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son aka False Witness will screen in the main competition of the 26th Cottbus Film Festival, which opens on 8 November 2016. The film is a coproduction between Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Sweden.

VARNA: Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless won the Golden Rose Award of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival (19 to 25 of September 2016). Ralitza Petrova was also awarded best director, while Irena Ivanova was awarded best actress.

VARNA: Iglika Triffonova’s The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son aka False Witness will screen in the main competition of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival (19-25 September 2016). The film is a coproduction between Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Sweden.