Ted Kotcheff Plans a Film on King Boris III

SOFIA: Acclaimed Canadian-Bulgarian director Ted Kotcheff, who was awarded the honorary Golden Age – Star by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture on 11 March 2016, plans to shoot a film dedicated…

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian National Television Wraps Under Cover

SOFIA: Bulgarian National Television announced that the most popular Bulgarian TV series Under Cover, which is currently shooting, will come to an end in 2016. According to the BNT Programming…

FESTIVALS: Sofia IFF Ready to Kick Off

SOFIA: Eighteen films were selected for the International Competition of the 20th Sofia International Film Festival, which will take place from 10 to 20 March 2016.

Bulgaria Pumps More Funding into New Projects in 2016

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s National Film Center revised its initial decision to cut funding available to new film projects applying for support in 2016.

PRODUCTION: Ralitza Petrova in Postproduction with Godless

SOFIA: Ralitza Petrova, an alumna of UK’s National Film and Television School, is in postproduction with her first feature film, the Bulgarian/Danishcoproduction Godless/Bezbog. The release is planned for the second…

FNE Europa Distribution: Distributor of the Month: Emil Simeonov, Pro Films

We launch together with Europa Distribution a new chapter in our Distributor of the Month section focusing on new trends and challenges of film distribution. In the coming months we…

PRODUCTION: Zornitsa Sophia in Postproduction with Chieftain

SOFIA: Zornitsa Sofia is in postproduction with her third feature film, theBulgarian/Croatian coproduction Chieftain/ Voevoda. The release is planned for 2017.

Bulgarian Film Production Backlog Reduces Funding for New Projects

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s National Film Center has decided to cut by nearly half the total funding available to new film projects applying for support in 2016. The main reason for reduced…

FNE at Berlinale 2016: Bulgaria’s NFC Backs Official Stand at the ЕFM

The Bulgarian National Film Center will be present at the forthcoming European Film Market with an official stand in the Martin Gropius Bau. The country’s participation became possible after a…

Ten Bollywood Films to be Shot in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Ten Bollywood films are set to be shot in Bulgaria in 2016, as Bulgarian officials are heavily promoting Bulgarian tourism in India.
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Bulgaria Celebrates National Cinema Day

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s National Film Center is organising the 12th National Cinema Day on 13 January 2016. A Memorandum will be signed with the National Palace of Culture aimed at turning…

GRANTS: Bulgaria Announces Feature Film Grants

SOFIA: During its December session the Bulgarian National Film Center decided to support the production of six feature films and five shorts. Furthermore, seven projects will receive funding for development.…

FNE Country Report 2015: Bulgaria

Various events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bulgarian cinema have marked 2015. They started on the official Day of Bulgarian Cinema, 13 January 2015, and went on throughout the year.…

FNE Europa Cinemas: Cinema of the Month, Yanaki Dermendzhiev, "Lucky" Home of Cinema, Plovdiv

This month we speak with Yanaki Dermendzhiev, the co-owner and manager of "Lucky" Home of Cinema from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For a long time a city as big and important as…

Bulgarian National Film Archive Joins Cultural Protests over Funding

SOFIA: The staff of the Bulgarian National Film Archive has joined the protests against the on-going underfunding of the cultural sector, which started on 24 November 2015 in Bulgaria.

FNE at Connecting Cottbus: Sugar Kid

COTTBUS: The first animated children’s film to be pitched at Connecting Cottbus is a coproduction from Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria.

FNE Europa Cinemas: Cinema of the Month: Kino Odeon, Sofia

This month we speak with Vladimir Trifonov, the programmer of Kino Odeon from Sofia, Bulgaria, a new member of Europa Cinemas.

Bulgarian National Film Center Appoints Acting Director

SOFIA: The longstanding head of the EU Media Desk in Bulgaria Kamen Balkanski was appointed as acting director of the Bulgarian National Film Center at the beginning of October.

FNE at Golden Rose FF 2015: Losers Wins the Top Prize in Varna

VARNA: Ivaylo Hristov’s feature film Losers took three awards including Best Film at the 33rd Golden Rose Film Festival. The Bulgarian Critics Guild also awarded his ironical black and white…

FNE at Golden Rose National Film Festival: Twice Upon a Time in the West

VARNA: Boris Despodov’s debut feature Twice Upon a Time in the West will screen in the main competition of the 33rd Golden Rose NFF (6-11 October 2015). The film will…