SOFIA: The 26th Sofia International Film Fest will take place from 10 to 31 March 2022, going back to its traditional form of a physical event. A total of 80 films from its programme will be screened online at the same time.

SOFIA: Petar Todorov, experienced manager of independent cinemas and international film festivals, has been appointed Executive Director of the Bulgarian NFC for a five-year term. This happened after he successfully went through an official application procedure conducted by a commission specially nominated by the Ministry of Culture on 7 February 2022.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center has approved funding for feature, documentary and animated productions since the end of November 2021. The specific amounts for each project will be determined after the approval of the Finance Committee of the BNFC.

SOFIA: Atanas Atanassov, a 31-year-old actor and producer of documentaries, was appointed Minister of Culture on 13 December 2021. He was nominated by Bulgaria’s PM Kiril Petkov, former caretaker Economy Minister and co-founder of the electoral alliance “We Continue the Change”, launched on 19 September 2021.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s NFC has announced the postponement of the 26th edition of the most important national non-fiction film festival Golden Rhyton, originally scheduled to take place in Plovdiv 3-9 December 2021.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s Ministry of Health has launched the COVID-19 Green Certificate as a mandatory requirement for access to cinemas. The initial version of the decision was to enter into force on 22 October 2021, but due to strong negative public responses, the government gave a grace period until 25 October 2021.

VARNA: Martin Makariev’s period feature film In The Heart of the Machine received the main prize of the 39th Golden Rose National Film Festival (23-29 September 2021). The same film was awarded for best script.

VARNA: Dragomir Sholev’s third feature film Fish Bone will screen in the main competition of the 39th Golden Rose National Film Festival (23 – 29 September 2021). The film is a Bulgarian/Romanian coproduction supported by Eurimages.

VARNA: Ivaylo Penchev’s third feature film Uncle Claus, produced by Cinemaq, will screen in the main competition of the 39th Golden Rose National Film Festival (23 – 29 September 2021). The film is a romantic tragicomic story taking place during the Christmas holidays.

VARNA: Martin Makariev’s period feature film In the Heart of the Machine, produced by Forward Pictures Entertainment, will screen in the main competition of the 39th Golden Rose National Film Festival (23–29 September 2021). According to the production, In the Heart of the Machine is the first Bulgarian film with 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range) quality.