Executive Director of Bulgaria's National Film Centre Resigns

SOFIA: The Executive Director of Bulgaria's National Film Centre (www.nfc.bg) Alexander Donev resigned on 23 December 2010. Donev was elected to the position in May 2009. It was the second…
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FNE 2010 Year in Review: Bulgaria's Contradictory Year for Film

For the Bulgarian film industry 2010 was a year of high optimism and bitter disappointment at the same time. Optimism and pride in the industry's accomplishments hit the wall of…

Bulgarian Parliament Changes the Film Industry Act

SOFIA: An amendment to Bulgaria's Film Industry Act has provoked a wave of protest from Bulgarian filmmakers. The amendment paves the way for the reduction of funding for film production.

Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Culture Dismissed

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov fired the deputy minister of culture Dimitar Dereliev immediately after a meeting between him and representatives of the film community on Saturday, 11 December 2010.

Bulgaria Postpones Digital Transition

Bulgaria has rescheduled analog switch off to early 2015, a postponement of two years. The European Commission has urged EU member states to complete the transition to digital by 1…

New CEO for Bulgaria’s Nova TV

SOFIA: Svetlana Vassileva has been appointed CEO of Modern Times Group's Bulgarian station, Nova TV. The appointment was announced on 19 October 2010.

Berlinale's Dieter Kosslick makes first official visit to Bulgaria

SOFIA: Yet another sign of the Bulgarian film industry's recent rise to prominence, Berlinale programmer Dieter Kosslick completed his first trip to Bulgaria to speak with Bulgarian filmmakers.

FESTIVALS: Eastern Plays wins Bulgaria's Golden Rose

Bulgaria's international success Eastern Plays (www.easternplays.com) continued its winning streak, taking the Golden Rose of the 29th Varna National Film Festival. Headed by director Ivan Nitchev, the feature film jury…

Bulgarian filmmakers protest funding cuts

VARNA: Bulgarian filmmakers have become the latest victims of the austerity measures sweeping Europe in the wake of the European governments bail out of banks following the global financial crisis.

PRODUCTION: I Am You filming in Sofia

I Am You or Adriana, directed by Petar Popzlatev, is nearing the end of filming in emblematic old Sofia locations and the former Bulgarian royal summer palace on the Black…

Bulgarian Hunting Down Small Predators starts digital distribution

The new teenage romance Hunting Down Small Predators (http://hdsp.bg/) shot in HD (2K) with a SI-2K camera and directly transferred to positive film stock using the Cinevator technology started a…

Bulgaria sends Eastern Plays to the Oscars

The Film Council of the Bulgarian National Film Center (www.nfc.bg) has selected Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays (www.easternplays.com) as the country's official entry to the 2011 Oscar best foreign language film…

Bulgaria's Vivacom launches digital TV

The Bulgarian telecom company Vivacom will begin digital transmission on September 1, the company announced.

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian animation The Blood goes into production

Bulgarian animation director, writer, art director and VFX artist Velislava Gospodinova started working on the animated film The Blood Gospodinova is the director of animation film The Lighthouse currently making…

Bulgarian National TV elects new managing board

The newly appointed Director General of the Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg) Viara Ankova proposed to the Council of Electronic Media (www.cem.bg) a new Board of management. According to national legislation,…

PRODUCTION: The Island begins filming in Bulgaria

Model and actress Laetitia Casta began a nine week shoot August 10 on Kamen Kalev's second feature The Island. She plays a French journalist and girlfriend of a businessman with…

Bulgarian TV market drops

Bulgarian TV market fell by 8.6%, according to the latest report of the monitoring agency TNS/TV Plan and the TV advertising Top 10. CME (www.cetv-net) station bTV (www.btv.bg) registered a…

Bulgarian National TV names new director

After three days of intense public hearings, the five members of the Council of Electronic Media (www.cem.bg) elected Viara Ankova as Director General of Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg). The vetting…

Eastern Plays wins Bulgarian film awards

The freshly founded Film Academy announced its first annual awards with Eastern Plays (www.easternplays.com) winning film of the year, topping the list of eleven 2009 feature films. The same film…

CME merges Bulgarian TV management

Central European Media Enterprises (CME, www.cetv-net.com) plans to merge the news departments of its Bulgarian television channels. CME acquired 100% ownership of terrestrial bTV channel (www.btv.bg) and genre channels, bTV…