FESTIVALS: The 25th Anniversary Sofia IFF Celebrates With Special Autumn Edition

SOFIA: The first part of the 25th anniversary of the Sofia International Film Fest took part mostly online in March 2021, while the second part started in a physical format…

Bulgarian National Film Centre Restarts Stalled Funding

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Centre (BNFC) has announced it will launch calls for funding which have been stalled since the beginning of the year. Calls for all types of…

PRODUCTION: Tonislav Hristov Wraps Fiction Debut The Good Driver

SOFIA: The acclaimed documentary director Tonislav Hristov completed the Helsinki shooting of his fiction debut The Good Driver on 6 August 2021. The film is a coproduction between Finland’s Making…

Kamen Balkanski Re-Appointed Director of Bulgarian National Film Center

SOFIA: Kamen Balkanski, Head of Creative Europe’s Media office – Bulgaria since 2004, has been appointed Acting Director of the Bulgarian National Film Center. He is replacing Jana Karaivanova, forced…

Jana Karaivanova Dismissed As Director of Bulgarian National Film Center

SOFIA: The Caretaker Bulgarian Minister of Culture Velislav Minekov dismissed Jana Karaivanova from her post of executive director of the Bulgarian National Film Center on 17 June 2021. The name…

Bulgarian The Naked Truth about Zhiguli Band Becomes Domestic Hit Despite Restrictions

SOFIA: The entertaining low budget musical comedy The Naked Truth about Zhiguli Band directed by Victor Bojinov has had a record number of 113,059 admissions and over 500,000 EUR gross…

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Director Stephan Komandarev Preps Hello

SOFIA: The acclaimed Bulgarian filmmaker Stephan Komandarev is preparing his sixth feature film Hello, on low-income retirees in Bulgaria’s provinces. The project is so far a Bulgarian/German coproduction between Argo…

Memory Starring Monica Bellucci and Liam Neeson Shoots in Bulgaria

SOFIA: The Italian actress Monica Bellucci has just joined the crew of Martin Campbell’s Memory, produced by Black Bear Pictures, which is currently being shot in Bulgaria. She will star…

Caretaker Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Velislav Minekov, a professor at the National Academy of Art, was appointed the Caretaker Minister of Culture on 12 May 2021. Known as a civic and political activist he…

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Political Journalist Sevda Shishmanova Develops Debut Feature

SOFIA: The political journalist and international correspondent for the Bulgarian National Television, Sevda Shishmanova is developing her first feature film Remains of Life. This so far Bulgarian/German coproduction is inspired…

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Director Ilian Djevelekov Completes Postproduction on TV Series The Portal

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Ilian Djevelekov is in final postproduction with his six-part TV series The Portal, backed by the Bulgarian National Television, with Miramar film serving as executive producer.

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Debut Feature The Art of Falling Wraps Shooting

SOFIA: First time director Orlin Milchev completed the shooting of his feature film The Art of Falling, produced by Pavlina Jeleva through Geopoly with the support of the Bulgarian National…

Bulgaria’s Cinemania Festival To Take Place in Re-Opened Cinemas

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s major annual film festival Cinemania, which was postponed several times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is finally taking place 8 – 22 April 2021 in cinemas at 30%…

Bulgaria Re-Opens Cinemas

SOFIA: Bulgaria's Ministry of Health has allowed the re-opening of cinemas on 1 April 2021, together with theatres, museums, galleries, libraries and circus performances, but only at 30% of their…

Film Movement Acquires Rights to Bulgarian Ivaylo Hristov’s Fear

SOFIA: The US company Film Movement snapped up North American rights from sales company Films2C to Ivaylo Hristov’s black and white drama Fear, produced by Pro Film. The story follows…

Sofia Meetings 2021 Gives Top Prize to Serbian Frost

SOFIA: The 18th edition of Sofia Meetings, which took place online 17- 24 March 2021, announced nine of its twelve awards during an online awards ceremony, while the remaining three…

Sofia Meetings 2021 Opens to TV Series Projects

SOFIA: The 18th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market, taking place online till 24 March 2021, included TV series projects for the first time. Eight projects were presented, three…

FNE at Sofia IFF 2021: Brazilian The Pink Cloud Wins Grand Prix of Sofia IFF

SOFIA: Iuli Gerbase’s science fiction debut The Pink Cloud (Prana Filmes) won the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix in the international competition of the 25th Anniversary Sofia IFF, with…

Bulgaria Closes Cinemas Till End of March

SOFIA: All cinemas throughout the country will be closed from 22 March to 31 March 2021, due to the introduction of stricter anti COVID-19 measures.

Sofia Meetings Takes Place Online for the Second Time

SOFIA: The 18th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market, set to take place from 17 to 24 March 2021 within the 25th Anniversary Sofia International Film Festival, will be…