Bulgaria to sign coproduction agreements with Israel and Turkey

SOFIA: Bulgaria has approved a draft film coproduction agreement with Israel.

PRODUCTION: The File Petrov in Preproduction in Sofia

SOFIA: After several years in development, Gueorgui Balabanov's 1.2 million euro fiction debut The File Petrov, a Bulgarian/German/French coproduction is in preproduction with 180,000 euros insupport from Eurimages (www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages).

Bulgarian Station Accused of Price Dumping

SOFIA: Bulgarian commercial channel bTV has initiated a lawsuit against competitor Nova TV charging it it with unfair price dumping.

27 projects pitched at Sofia Meetings

SOFIA: Bulgaria's leading industry event, held during the Sofia International Festival (www.siff.bg) the 2012 Sofia Meetings included 27 projects pitched for the first time or selected in partnership with EAVE,…

FESTIVALS: Brazil’s Stories Wins Sofia IFF Grand Prix

{mosimage}SOFIA: The 16th Sofia International Festival (www.siff.bg) jury headed by director David Mackenzie gave its top prize to Julia Murat's lyrical debut Stories Only Exist When Remembered, a 2011 Brazilian-Argentinean-French…

PRODUCTION: Company of Heroes Filming in Bulgaria

SOFIA: A Hollywood film based on the video game of the same name Company of Heroes is spending the month of March filming in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria and Turkey Build Coproduction Ties

SOFIA: A Turkish-Bulgarian soap opera is leading the way toward closer cooperation between the Turkish and Bulgarian film and TV industries.

SPI Launches Channels in Bulgaria

{mosimage}WARSAW: Polish-based SPI International (www.spi.pl) has launched niche channels FashionBox HD and DocuBox HD in Bulgaria on Satellite BG.

Bulgaria 2011 Country Profile

SOFIA: Despite severe cutbacks in funding, Bulgarian films had another strong year, attracting international attention and domestic audiences. The film services industry was bolstered by the largest-ever international production, and…

OBITUARY: Velko Kanev

{mosimage}SOFIA: Bulgarian actor Velko Kanev died on 11 December 2011. Kanev was born 31 July 1948 and began his career in regional theatre before joining the Bulgarian National Theatre in…

Bulgaria’s National Film Center Selects Films for Grants

{mosimage}SOFIA: 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…

PRODUCTION: Faith, Love and Whiskey in Postproduction

SOFIA: Bulgarian-born director/writer Kristina Nikolova is in postproduction with her first full-length feature film, Faith, Love and Whiskey with an completion date of January 2012.

PRODUCTION: The Last Black Sea Pirates in Postproduction

SOFIA: The Bulgarian production company Agitprop (www.agitprop.bg) is in the final postproduction on The Last Black Sea Pirates and Sir Norman Foster, a debut full-length documentary directed and written by…

Bulgarian Media Family Acquires Music Channel

SOFIA: The Bulgarian new service Novinte reports that Bulgarian media magnates Irena Drasteva ns Delyan Peevski, her son, acquired The Voice, a pop music TV channel, along with four radio…

Bulgaria Plans TV Multiplex Tender

SOFIA: Bulgaria plans a tender for a new digital TV multiplex tender in 2014. The multiples will use frequencies that are now used by the military.

Expendables Accused of Environmental Damage

SOFIA: The Bulgarian location shoot of Hollywood's The Expendables 2 starring Sylvester Stallone will be fined for destroying vegetation at an important environmental site in Bulgaria. The fine could range…

Italian Goodnight Sofia Wraps Filming in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Goodnight Sofia from Italian writer/director Leonardo Moro, finished filming in Bulgaria. The film is produced by Italian company BBM film (brownbunnymagazine.wordpress.com/bbm-film).

Bulgarian Cable Company Fined

SOFIA: Swedish cable owner EQT received a fine from the Bulgarian consumer protection agency for misleading information concerning its Bulgarian cable company. Blizoo, the largest cable operator in the country,…

FNE at Varna Golden Rose FF: Rules of Single Life

Rules of Single Life, a character-driven documentary, was directed by Bulgaria born expat Tonislav Hristov, residing in Finland since 1999.

FNE at Varna Golden Rose FF: Rules of Single Life

Rules of Single Life, a character-driven documentary, was directed by Bulgaria born expat Tonislav Hristov, residing in Finland since 1999.