FESTIVALS: I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott Wins MofA Film Festival Top Award

SOFIA: Yoon-Ha Chang’s I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott, produced by Germany’s Kemper Music Production, grabbed the Best Documentary Film Award of the Master of Art International Documentary Film…

PRODUCTION: Ilian Djevelekov in Postproduction with Omnipresent

SOFIA: Ilian Djevelekov is in postproduction with his second feature film Omnipresent. The release is planned for October 2017.

Modern Times Group to Sell Nova TV in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Swedish digital entertainment company Modern Times Group (MTG) is on the point of liquidating its business in Bulgaria. According to several domestic publications, quoting the Swedish business magazine Dagens…

Bulgarian National TV To Broadcast Animated Films in Prime Time

SOFIA: On 9 April 2017 Bulgaria’s public TV channel BNT starts airing the first segment of a total of 1000 minutes of national animated films. The series is part of…

Indian Action Thriller Shoots in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Wisdom / Vivegam by Siva, a Tamil-language Indian action thriller, is in its final shooting phase in Bulgaria.

FNE IDF DocBloc: Bulgarian/Swedish Doc God Over Estimated Me

Bulgarian multi-genre artist and documentary filmmaker Youlian Tabakov is developing his second long documentary, God Overestimated Me. This Bulgarian/Swedish coproduction is set for production in 2018.

Sofia Municipality Launches Film Strategy for Public Debate

SOFIA: The Sofia Municipality plans to implement a ten-year strategy Sofia - Creative City of Film, focusing on the creative and industrial aspects of film, and stimulating local authorities to…

FNE at Sofia IFF 2017: Godless Wins the 21st Sofia International Film Festival

SOFIA: Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless won the Grand Prix of the international competition at the 21st Sofia International Film Festival (9-19 March 2017). The Bulgarian/Danish/French coproduction was also awarded…

OBITUARY: Bulgarian Scriptwriter Georgi Danailov

SOFIA: Respected Bulgarian screenwriter and playwright Georgi Danailov passed away at the age of 81. He was one of the most loved Bulgarian writers for cinema.

Sofia Meetings Kicks Off With 25 Projects

SOFIA: The 14th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market will host 25 project of first, second and third films. The event is set to take place within the 21st…

FESTIVALS: Sofia IFF 2017 Ready to Kick Off

SOFIA: Twelve debut and sophomore features were selected for the international competition of the 21st Sofia International Film Fest. Six of them were initiated by writers and film directors from…

BULGARIA: Country Report 2016

The year 2016 was relatively stable until 14 November, when suddenly, after the defeat of his party’s nominee in the presidential elections, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigned. The event was…

Hausen Selected for EFM CoPro Series Pitch

SOFIA: The German/Bulgarian TV series project Hausen will participate in the third edition of the CoPro Series pitching forum, the prestigious networking event of the Drama Series Days, which for…

Bulgaria Approves New Minister of Culture

SOFIA: Rashko Mladenov has been approved Minister of Culture in the caretaker government of Ognyan Gerdzhikov, appointed by the country’s newly elected president Rumen Radev on 26 January 2017. Mladenov…

Spectacular Increase for Bulgarian Films in the Local Chart

SOFIA: Admissions and box office for domestic films increased in Bulgaria in 2016 for the first time in the last six years. Admissions to domestic films increased by 94.72 percent…

Bulgaria Celebrates National Cinema Day

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s National Film Center is celebrating the 13th National Cinema Day on 13 January 2017. The official celebration will be performed in close collaboration with the National Palace of…

PRODUCTION: Stephan Komandarev’s Directions Wraps Shooting

SOFIA: Acclaimed director, scriptwriter and producer Stephan Komandarev completed the shooting of his low budget feature film Directions aka Compatibility on 5 December 2016. The film is a Bulgarian /German/…

PRODUCTION: Brody, Malkovich and Banderas Shoot Unchained in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Paul Solet’s American thriller Unchained, starring Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas, started shooting in Bulgaria at the end of November 2016. Nu Boyana Film Studios is servicing.

GRANTS: Bulgaria Announces Second Production Grants in 2016

SOFIA: Bulgarian National Film Center allotted slightly above 2m EUR / 4 m BGN at its second session on 2 December 2016. Six feature films and four short films received…