VARNA: A total of 17 feature films and 21 short films will be screened in the official national competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September-4 October 2018). Twelve of the feature films are supported with public funding, while five are independent projects.

VARNA: Maxim Genchev’s feature film Reviewing Inner Spaces will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September-4 October 2018). This independent film based on improvisation was shot by handycam during nearly 10 years.

VARNA: Val Todorov’s sophomore feature Transgression will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). It is a challenging non-linear, independent film imbued with dark underground spirit and highly provocative scenes.

SOFIA: Acclaimed Bulgarian director Ivan Nichev is in postproduction with a feature film Could You Kill aka Old Men, an alarming drama about seven impoverished 30-year-old men, getting obsessed with hard physical self-training. Their collective dream is to become contract soldiers and to take part in the NATO's military missions.

VARNA: Hungarian film The Troupe by Pál Sándor was awarded the Golden Aphrodite at the 26th edition of the Love is Folly International Film Festival, organised by the Congress and Festival Centre – Varna from 24 August to 2 September 2018. For the first time the festival hosted the industry event Bulgarian Producers by the Sea, as part of the Mannheim Meeting Place (MPP).

SOFIA: Bulgarian Director Stanislav Donchev is in postproduction with his third feature film Letters from Antarctica, a deep psychological drama about a single mother incapable of confessing to her eight year-old son that his father died in a car accident. The film stars Bulgarian famous actress Irmena Chichikova.

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Kostadin Bonev is completing postproduction on his new feature film Away From the Shore (aka Wolves around Us). This Bulgarian/Ukrainian coproduction is a personal interpretation of the clash between creative people and censorship during communism.

SOFIA: Award-winning Bulgarian director Peter Popzlatev is completing postproduction on his new feature film Time Is Ours. Inspired by Vladimir Zarev’s novel Devastation, it is another of the director’s personal looks at Bulgaria’s post-totalitarian reality. His typical highly stylised cinematography is underlining a tense criminal intrigue.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center (NFC) distributed 1,801,900 EUR / 3,530,000 BGN at its first session in 2018. Nine feature films, including two with higher budgets and two with lower budgets, two debut features and three short films received production funding. Eight projects received development funding.

SOFIA: HBO has signed a deal for the forthcoming broadcast of nineteen Bulgarian films produced after 1989. Sixteen of them are feature films, while three are documentaries. The deal is part of the HBO’s newly expanded distribution policy in the HBO Adria region, which gives subscribers from Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina access to the catalogue of the TV channel.