VARNA: A total of 19 feature films and 22 shorts will be screened in the two official competitions of the 38th Golden Rose National Film Festival (24 September - 1 October 2020). Fourteen features were supported with public financing, three were coproduced by the Bulgarian National Television, and four were privately financed.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian-born Canadian animator Theodore Ushev started the shooting of his first feature film, a dark dystopia based on Vladislav Todorovs novel The Spinning Top. The actual film title φ1.618 refers to the Golden Ratio.

SOFIA: Dimitar Petkov is completing the post-production of his third feature film The Short Straw, a period drama set 40 years ago, putting the head of a provincial police office and his subordinate officers in a fierce struggle against each other.

SOFIA: Konstantin Burov is in the final stage of the post-production of his second feature film Goodbye, Johnny. The film was screened during the online edition of the 17th Sofia Meetings’ Works in Progress.

SOFIA: Writer/director Pavel G. Vesnakov is in the final postproduction stage of his first feature film German Lessons, a Bulgarian/German coproduction between Moviemento and Heimathafen Film & Media.

SOFIA: The long-awaited shooting of the thriller Till Death by Australian director Scott Dale, starring Megan Fox and produced by Millennium Media, started on 6 August 2020 in Bulgaria. The shooting of the film, initially scheduled for March 2020, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Till Death is now the first American production coming back to the Sofia based Nu Boyana Film Studios, after a series of safety protocols carefully prepared by the country’s institutions.

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Zornitsa Sophia is working simultaneously on two projects united by the theme of motherhood. Mother is in the final stage of financing and its sequel, Three Kilograms of Happiness (Baby), is in early stage of development. Sophia is mostly Known for her Mila From Mars (2004, produced by All Things Production) and Voevoda (2017, MQ Pictures).

SOFIA: The Sofia Meetings Coproduction Market, which this year took place online 3-8 July 2020 and consisted of 37 projects for first, second and third films, unveiled its winners. Six of them were decided after the completion of the pitches and the one-to-one meetings, and three will be announced in the coming weeks.

SOFIA: Svetla Tsotsorkova’s second feature Sister (Omega Films / Doha Film Institute) won the Grand Prix in the international competition of the 24th Sofia IFF, which was split into a summer and autumn edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center decided to allot 1,987,397 EUR / 3,877,000 BGN at its first session for Bulgarian feature films in 2020. Nine films, including two with higher budgets, three with lower budgets, one debut and three shorts, will receive public funding for production. Another nine projects will be supported for development. The decisions were announced on 30 June 2020.

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