OBITUARY Bulgarian Former Nobel Prize Nominee Valeri Petrov Dies at 94

SOFIA: Often called “man of hope” and ‘’father of the nation’’ prominent poet, scriptwriter and translator Valeri Nissim Mevorah, known with his pen name Valeri Petrov, died in Sofia at…

PRODUCTION: Iglika Trifonova in Postproduction with False Witness

SARAJEVO: Bulgaria’s award-winning Iglika Trifoniva (Letter to America, Investigation) is in postproduction with her Hague Tribunal fiction False Witness, an ambitious coproduction between Bulgaria’s Klass Film , Holland’s Phanta Vision…

PRODUCTION: Milko Lazarov in Development with Nanook

SOFIA: Milko Lazarov, whose minimalist, almost dialogue-free low budget debut film Alienation became Bulgaria’s 2013 creative surprise, is developing Nanook produced by his company Red Carpet.

New Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Martin Ivanov has been named as the new Minister of Culture in the caretaker government just appointed by the country’s President Rosen Plevneliev.

Bulgarian National Film Center to Fund Low Budget Films

SOFIA: For the first time since its establishment in 1991 the Bulgarian National Film Center will support low budget feature films, with up to 200,000 EUR per project. The application…

Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody in Bulgaria for new film

SOFIA: Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody are currently in Bulgaria for the filming of Septembers of Shiraz, according to local media reports.

Bulgarians Respond to Activist 38 Claims

SOFIA: Producers/directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova from Activist 38 have accused the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers - Film Academy (consisting of over 900 members) and the Bulgarian…

Bulgarian Cinema in Cannes 2014

Market Screenings of Bulgarian Films

FNE Europa Distribution: Distributor of the Month: Emil Simeonov, Pro Films, Bulgaria

FNE together with Europa Distribution is launching a new chapter of the Distributor of the Month section. This time we focus on new strategies in film distribution and the importance…

EFP Producers on the Move 2014: Maya Vitkova

SOFIA: Maya Vitkova will represent Bulgaria at European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move in Cannes.

Bulgarian Film Academy Nominates FNE Correspondent for Critics Award

SOFIA: Pavlina Jeleva, Bulgarian correspondent for Film New Europe, has been nominated by the Bulgarian Film Academy for the annual Best Critic award.

Bulgarian Advertising Market Struggles to Remain Stable

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Association of Communication Agencies reported that in 2013 the country’s advertising market amounted to 303 m BGN, a decrease of 0.62%, and has a possibility of 2%…

Bulgaria Sets 2014 Film Funding

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center will distribute 12.7 m BGN (6.5 m EUR) in film funding in 2014.

New Director Appointed at Bulgarian National Film Center

SOFIA: Film producer Georgy Cholakov has been named Executive Director of the Bulgarian National Film Center, replacing documentary film director and academic Marin Martschewski who has been in the post…

FNE at Sofia IFF: Georgian Blind Dates Grabs Three Awards in Sofia

SOFIA: Levan Koguashvili’s Blind Dates produced by Millimetr Film won the Sofia IFF Grand Prix in the International competition for first and second films.

FNE at Sofia Meetings 2014: New Audiences and New Opportunities

SOFIA: Sofia Meetings hosted a number of events that emphasized the development of new audiences for European cinema during the three day event (13-16 March 2014). 

FNE at SIFF 2014: Twelve Projects Participate in Sofia Meetings

SOFIA: Eight fiction and four documentary works-in-progress will be presented at the Sofia Meetings, running 13-16 March 2014.

FNE at SIFF: Menzel and Paskaljevic Receive Honorary Awards in Sofia

During their participation in the 18th Sofia IFF famed Eastern European directors will be awarded with honorary distinctions: Czech Jirí Menzel will receive the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the…

SIFF 2014 Unveils 34 Bulgarian Films

SOFIA: The 18th Sofia International Film Fest will screen 34 Bulgarian films including ten supported by the Bulgarian NFC and the rest of the production mostly privately financed.

Pierce Brosnan headed to Bulgaria shoot

SOFIA: Action film star Pierce Brosnan, known for his roles as super agent 007, is shooting parts of the $35 million suspense film Survivor in Bulgaria, according to broadcast news…