SOFIA: The award-winning Bulgarian directorial duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have started shooting their darkish tragicomedy Triumph, coproduced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas Film and Greece’s Graal Films. Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova was announced as the lead together with Julian Kostov.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center (BNFC) has announced the results of its drama series public support for the first time since its foundation in 1991 and after the amendments to the Film Industry Act from March 2021. The selection committee has approved one project from among 12 applications, together with one minority coproduction project.

SOFIA: The Veteran Bulgarian director Georgi Djulgerov is currently in postproduction with his period drama Memoir of a Betrayal, dedicated to the legendary 19th century anti-Ottoman revolutionary Georgi Benkovski. Known for his passionate interest in Bulgarian history and Zahari Stoyanov’s Memoirs of the Bulgarian Uprisings (1870–1876), Djulgerov focuses the narrative on some of the author’s key testimonies. The film is a local coproduction between the Bulgarian National Television and Borough Film.

SOFIA: Velislav Minekov, professor at the National Academy of Art, was reappointed as Caretaker Minister of Culture in Bulgaria. After holding the same position from May to December 2021, he was again invited by the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev to his new interim Cabinet, which will rule the country until the next parliamentary elections on 2 October 2022.

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Ivan Vladimirov has started shooting his third feature film Plague, a period drama about an early 19th century plague epidemic in the Balkans. Inspired by a short story by prominent classic writer Yordan Yovkov (1880-1937) and written long before the COVID-19 pandemic by Boyan Biolchev, the script reveals unexpected coincidences in human reactions.

SOFIA: The 19th edition of Sofia Meetings, which took place as an exception this year on 6-12 June 2022, announced its awards. From the total number of eight awards, five were presented during an official ceremony in Sofia and three will be decided and announced later.

SOFIA: The 19th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market will take place as a physical and online event from 6 to 12 June 2022. The event was due to take place during the 26th Sofia International Film Fest (10-31, March 2022), but it was postponed from its usual dates.

SOFIA: Award-winning director Ralitza Petrova is currently in preparation with her sophomore feature, Lust. A coming-of-middle-age story and a mystery psychological drama, the film follows a flawed prison officer, who inherits the debts of her deceased, estranged father. This Bulgarian/Danish/Swedish coproduction, produced by Bulgarian Aporia Filmworks, has been recently supported by Eurimages.

SOFIA: Peter Todorov, the newly appointed Director of the Bulgarian National Film Center, spoke with Film New Europe about what he has accomplished in over a month in the office and about what lies ahead.

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Viktor Chouchkov Jr. is currently in development with War of the Letters, an ambitious 12-part period series set in the 10th century. The Bulgarian National Television (BNT) is backing with nearly 900,000 EUR the producer Midwest, which is coproducing together with Nu Boyana Film Studios.