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.
The festival’s programme selection was made during the year at some of the biggest international film festivals and included new world hits and classical masterpieces. A total of 72 films were shown, an increase from the 60 shown in 2015. The screenings took place in theatres in three major Bulgarian towns: seven theatres were in Sofia, one in Varna and one in Plovdiv. In Sofia tickets were sold at the price of 6 EUR and 4 EUR, in Varna at 4 EUR and 3 EUR, and in Plovdiv at 3.5 EUR and 3 EUR. The cost of the children films tickets was also 3. 5 EUR and 3 EUR.
According to Vladimir Trifonov, Chief Film Programmer of the National Palace of Culture, the two main retrospectives, including seven Andrei Tarkovski films and ten Bernardo Bertolucci films, were seen by over 2500 viewers. “During the three decades of our existence we presented exclusively over 1,800 films. Several generations grew up watching quality films brought to them by Cinemania,” Trifonov told FNE.
According to the Director of the National Palace of Culture Miroslav Borshosh, who took over the post at the end of 2014, the financial profits from the tickets sales are invested in new equipment. “That is how we now have a modern new screen in Hall 1,” Borshosh told the Bulgarian media.
Over 20 Cinemania films will be distributed commercially, most by Bulgaria Film Vision.