Out of 12 feature film projects supported by the National Film Center last year, nine belong to first time directors, with only three films headed by veteran directors.
According to the NFC Executive director Alexander Grozev, this precedent will result in more films by newcomers during the next two years. "For the first time they were able to take great advantage of the €3.5 million 2008 national subsidy."
Among the most anticipated is Shelterby the Romanian-Dutch writing couple Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf and the Bulgarian director Dragomir Sholev. The future film is about a father unable to understand why his 12-year old son runs away from home.
Another strong co-production is A file named Petrov. The script was written by Jean-Claude Carrière from France and Georgy Balabanov from Bulgaria. Known for his documentaries. Balabanov will explore some of the drastic changes in a typical post-communist society.
Youthful and brutal autobiographical adventures are at the heart of the directorial debut Sneakers by popular actor Valery Iordanov. His performance in Ivan Cherkelov's forthcoming anti-mafia featire Crayfish expected to attract high interest.
Love.Net is the newest creation of the production company Miramar. Matei Konstantinov wrote the script on the based on real internet stories and Ilyan Djevelekov will to film them. Both gained recognition from producing Yavor Gardev's box office grosser Zift.
MayaVitkova's Queen Victoria will be set in 1979, ten years before the Communist demise. The film is shown from the unexpected point of view of a victorious sperm to typical totalitarian symbols.
Two co-productions recently supported by Eurimages will also launch first time directors: in March Viktor Chouchkov Jr. will start shooting Tilt, and in May Dimitar Mitovski begins Mission London.