Glory Sold to More than 30 Territories

SOFIA: Glory / Slava directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was sold in more than 30 territories including Canada, United States and United Kingdom.

GRANTS: Bulgaria Announces First Production Grants for 2017

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center allotted 1,856,000 EUR / 3,630,000 BGN at its first session on 29 June 2017. Seven projects, including two feature films with higher budgets, one…

PRODUCTION: Vitkova Preps Second Feature Film

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova is writing the second draft of her sophomore feature, Afrika, through her production company Viktoria Films.

Memories of Fear Wins Bulgarian Film Academy Awards

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Film Academy announced its annual awards with Ivan Pavlov’s black and white Memories of Fear (produced by Art 47) winning the Best Film award for 2016. Krassimir…

FNE at Cannes: Bulgarian Cinema in Cannes

Bulgarian National Film Center in Cannes: Marche du Film, Village International (Riviera Side) SEE PAVILION №134

Komandarev’s Directions Sold For France

CANNES: Bulgarian director Stefan Komandarev’s Directions / Posoki has been sold to French distributor Rezo Films for France. The film will unspool in the Certain Regard section of Cannes on…

EFP Producer on the Move: Bulgaria's Mila Voinikova

SOFIA: Mila Voinikova represents Bulgaria as a European Film Promotion 2017 Producer on the Move. For eight years she has been working at Miramar Film founded in 2001 by Ilian…

New Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Former Deputy Minister of Culture Boil Banov was appointed as the new Minister of Culture on 5 May 2017 under Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. He succeeds Rashko Mladenov, Minister…

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…