Bulgarian Series Bows in Macedonia

SOFIA: The original hit Bulgrian TV series Glass House produced by bTV premiered in Macedonia to unanimously positive reviews.

The Expendable Sequel Set for Bulgarian Shoot

SOFIA: The sequel to The Expendables, with an all-star cast including Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph…

Obituary: Binka Zhelyazkova

SOFIA: Bulgarian film director Binka Zhelyazkova, the leading woman filmmaker of her generation, has died at age 88.

Bulgarian TV Gets Additional Funding

SOFIA: Bulgaria's Council of Ministers (www.government.bg) voted to give a subsidy of 950,000 BGN (485,727 euros) to public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg) for 2011. The money is in addition…

TP Emitel Gets Polish Digital Contract

WARSAW: Polish public broadcaster TVP has signed a contract with TP Emitel to be the operator of MUX 1, the first multiplex of frequencies for Polish digital ground television, to…

Bulgarian Films Head to Sarajevo Film Festival

SOFIA: Bulgarian films continue their international success story with seven Bulgarian films due to participate in the 17th edition of Sarajevo Film Festival (22-30 July 2011) in the capital of…

Bulgaria’s National Film Center Reopens Grants Sessions

SOFIA: The National Film Center (www.nfc.bg) will hold a grants session during the second half of 2011. Due to heavy financial restrictions the normal selection process of the film finding…

Bulgaria Debates Amendment to TV and Radio Act

SOFIA: Legal proposals to repeal restrictions to prime time advertising and product placement on Bulgarian National Television (BNT, www.bnt.bg) and Bulgarian National Radio (www.bnr.bg) have passed a first reading at…

Cinema City Plans Second Sofia Multiplex

SOFIA: Cinema City International's Bulgarian unit has leased space in the Paradise Center shopping mall in Sofia with plans to open a multiplex at the end of 2011. The ten-year…

Love.net Tops Bulgarian Box Office

Bulgaria's first IT romantic drama Love.net (www.themovielove.net) is on its way to become the country's second most successful film. By the end of the 14th week in distribution the film…

FNE at KVIFF East of the West Competition: Sneakers

Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, screens in competition in Karlovy Vary's East of the West section, following a slot in the main competition…

FNE at KVIFF East of the West Competition: There Was Never a Better Brother

Murad Ibragimbekov's newest film There Was Never a Better Brother is the result of the director‘s latest artistic collaboration with Maksud Ibragimbekov, one of Azerbaijan's most established writers and Murad‘s…

Bulgarian Filmmakers Appeal for Faster Reform

SOFIA: Georgy Stoyanov, the president of the Union of the Bulgarian filmmakers, has expressed concern about delays in the adoption of a new policy for the national film sector.

Moscow IFF Competition: Sneakers

Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, screens in the main competition at the Moscow IFF, before heading to Karlovy Vary IFF in July.

Film Funding Proposed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: The Bulgarian government has proposed 16.6 million leva for film funding in 2012, according to a statement by the Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov on 3 June 2011.

Bulgarian Cinema Screens Increase

SOFIA: A new report from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI) covering data from 2010 shows that Bulgarians prefer cinema to most other cultural activities. At the same time, film…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Bulgaria

Not long ago, Bulgarian programming consisted primarily of imported programmes from Brazil, the U.S., or Turkey. Within the last few years, however, international formats have become a significant part of…

FNE at Cannes IFF 2011: Le Pacte to distribute Bulgarian films Island and Ave

CANNES: Paris based international sales outfit Le Pacte has picked up both of the Bulgarian films that are screening in official selection in Cannes IFF this year. The Island directed…
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EFP Producer on the Move: Borislav Chouchkov

Chouchkov Brothers (www.ch-bros.com), producer of the feature debut Tilt, is the second company that European Film Promotion Producer on the Move Borislav Chouchkov (35) and director Viktor Chouchkov Jr (40)…

FESTIVALS: Kalev Tapped for Directors Fortnight

Rising Bulgarian star director Kamen Kalev won one of two CEE spot in the Cannes 2011 Directors Fortnight, 12-22 May, with his Bulgarian/Swedish coproduction The Island. Hungarian producer Ferenc Pusztai…