Two feature films, two script development projects, nine documentaries and four
animated films have been selected to receive grants from Bulgaria's National
Film Center (NFC, www.nfc.bg). The grants session was the first in almost
two years, affected by conditions of heavy financial restrictions. The number
of projects receiving support is relatively small. The NFC received 79
applications, but has only €1,350,000 for film support.
The Judgement by Stefan Komandarev was
ranked first. After the international success of The
World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner, the director intends to shoot a
story set between communism and contemporary times.
According to him the title of the film, derived from the name of a cursed
precipice, reflects the dramatic tension of any illegal cross border escape. The
project was developed over the course of several workshops, including the 2010 ScripTeast
(under the supervision of scriptwriter Tom Abrams).
Konstadin Bonev's The Sinking of Sozopol, which ranked second, is a sensitive work
from the director and writer Ina Valchanova. Focused on one of the most ancient
and symbolic cities on the Southern Bulgarian Black sea shore, Sozopol, the script
tells an unusual story of an
elderly man returning to his home town with a suitcase containing only ten bottles
of vodka. The Sea is presented as "a merciful god that can erase all the
mistakes and bring peace to the already sunken worlds." The Sinking of Sozopol fits
into Bonev's thematic search for harmony, mostly employing historical themes. The Ships are Full, 2005 and
EUROPLIS: The Town of the Delta, 2009 are among his
best documentaries. Warming Up
Yesterday's Lunch 2002 and War
Correspondent, 2008 are
his first and second features. All of them received numerous international
(including four debuts) and four animated films were also approved for
production supports. According to the NFC regulations the amounts of the grants
will be decided only after the producers supply proof that the remainder of the
money needed for completion of the films is assured.