FNE Warsaw AV Summit Country Profile: Bulgaria

Upheaval on the film and cultural scene, including three ministers of culture and two directors of Bulgaria’s National Film Centre, along with political changes in government, were felt in Bulgaria’s…

PRODUCTION: Bonev’s The Sinking of Sozopolis Goes into Postproduction

Known for his delicate but continuing interest in the fate of the Balkan people award-winning director Kostadin Bonev is in postproduction on his third feature film The Sinking of Sozopolis…

Bulgarian Cinemania Rises above Political Turmoil

SOFIA: The 27th edition of Cinemania went ahead despite political protests which rocked Bulgaria in November.

Bulgaria’s Odeon Expands Activities with New Releases

SOFIA: The newly renovated and digitalised Odeon cinema, which since 1972 has primarily screened archive films, showed its first commercially distributed film, Woody Allen’s 2013 Blue Jasmine.

FNE at Jihlava IDFF Emerging Producers: Nina Pehlivanova

FNE interviews Bulgarian documentary producer Nina Pehlivanova, selected to participate in the 2013 Emerging Producers workshop at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

Bulgaria Confronts Digital TV Dilemma

SOFIA: Following the 30 September switch off of analogue TV which left some 100,000 rural residents without digital transmission, Bulgaria is set to spend an additional 800,000 BGN on it…

ARTE Buys Bulgarian Because Of Mum

SOFIA: French/German public broadcaster ARTE announced it is acquiring Because Of Mum, a 12 minute animated Bulgarian film, produced by Activist 38.

Rangel Vulchanov Dies at 84

SOFIA: Rangel Vulchanov, voted the best Bulgarian director of the 20th century, died on 30 September 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Bulgarian Union of Film Makers Elects New President

SOFIA: Ivan Pavlov has been elected president of the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers.

FNE Europa Distribution - Distributor of the Month: Stefan Kitanov

FNE together with Europa Distribution continues its Distributor of the Month series in recognition of the hard work and excellence of European distributors and the common problems they face -…

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus Compete for EFA Awards

PRAGUE: Twelve films representing Central and Eastern Europe are among the 46 films entered into competition for EFA’s European Film Awards.

Bulgarian Commissioner Fears Loss of Coverage with End of Analogue TV

SOFIA: As many as 350,000 to 1 m Bulgarians are unprepared for the end of the analogue TV signal, now scheduled to happen on 30 September 2013.

Bulgaria Introduces Funding for Young Directors

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center (NFC) will establish a new fund for young directors of short film projects produced within five years of graduation. The plan will support ten…

FESTIVALS: Bulgaria Cancels Golden Rose Festival

SOFIA: The 32nd edition of Bulgaria’s national Golden Rose film festival will not take place in 2013 due to an insufficient number of completed films for the competition program.

Bulgaria's Love is Folly twins with Belgian FIFA

VARNA: One of Bulgaria’s most popular film festivals, Love is Folly, is headed for a close three-year cooperation with Belgium's Mons International Love Film Festival. Dedicated to the theme of…

Bulgaria Delays Analogue TV Switch-off

SOFIA: The final analogue signal switch-off originally planned for 1 September will go off 1 November because of delays in getting out vouchers for free TV converters to low-income households.

Sylvester Stallone Shooting Expendables 3 in Bulgaria

SOFIA: The Nu Image/Millennium Films mega production The Expendables 3, which leading man Sylvester Stallone co-wrote, began shooting in Varna, the postcard-perfect Bulgarian Black Sea town, 19 August.

PRODUCTION: Bulgaria's Fourth Power Strikes Close to Home

SOFIA: An ambitious new 12-part political thriller series about a fictional daily newspaper, Fourth Power, will finally air on pubcaster Bulgarian National Television in September, following its victory over real-life…

Bulgarian Admissions Up

SOFIA: With a 40% jump in admissions to 2,716,090 and box office up nearly 43%, at 11,691799 EUR, for the first six months of 2013 compared to last year, Bulgarian…

PRODUCTION: Kostadin Bonev Shooting Docu on 'Romantic Execution'

Award-winning director Kostadin Bonev (Warming Up Yesterday's Lunch, 2002; Europolis-The Town of The Delta, 2009) is shooting his full length documentary Six Stories On A Romantic Execution about the life…