Bulgaria Reports Film Production Decrease

SOFIA: The 2011 report from Bulgaria's National Statistics Institute showed that national film production was down compared with 2010, but cinema attendance rose by 12%.

FNE IDF DocBloc: Sofia's Last Ambulance at Critics' Week in Cannes

The only documentary in this year's selection, Sofia's Last Ambulance by Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev will be presented in the Critics' Week competition in Cannes (May 17 - 25). Co-produced…

EFP Producer on the Move: Stefan Komandarev

SOFIA: Best know as the director of The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around The Corner (shortlisted in the Academy awards for Best Foreign Language Film), since 1999 Stefan…

Cinema City Opens Fifth Bulgarian Multiplex

Cinema City, the largest exhibitor in Central Europe, opened its third multiplex of the year in the seaside town of Burgas, Bulgaria on 15 May 2012.

Bulgarian bTV and Global Vision Terminate Contracts

SOFIA: After several disputes between bTV Media Group's leading channel bTV (owned by Central European Media Enterprises, www.cetv-net.com) has ceased broadcasts of two of the most popular programmes, both from…

Bulgaria’s National Film Center Increases Funding

SOFIA: Bulgaria's main film body, the National Film Center (NFC, www.nfc.bg) announced that it will double the amount of money available for the first round of grants in 2012, from…

Bulgarian Documentaries Find Commercial Success

{mosimage}SOFIA: Bulgarian documentaries have attracted increased public interest since the beginning of 2012, with TV sales and theatrical distributions accompanying festival attention.

FESTIVALS: Sofia Grand Prix for Stories Only Exist When Remembered

{mosimage}SOFIA: Stories Only Exist When Remembered, a coproduction from Brazil, Argentina, and France directed by Julia Murat, took the Grand Prix in the International Competition of the Sofia IFF (18-29…

Bulgaria to sign coproduction agreements with Israel and Turkey

SOFIA: Bulgaria has approved a draft film coproduction agreement with Israel.

PRODUCTION: The File Petrov in Preproduction in Sofia

SOFIA: After several years in development, Gueorgui Balabanov's 1.2 million euro fiction debut The File Petrov, a Bulgarian/German/French coproduction is in preproduction with 180,000 euros insupport from Eurimages (www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages).

Bulgarian Station Accused of Price Dumping

SOFIA: Bulgarian commercial channel bTV has initiated a lawsuit against competitor Nova TV charging it it with unfair price dumping.

27 projects pitched at Sofia Meetings

SOFIA: Bulgaria's leading industry event, held during the Sofia International Festival (www.siff.bg) the 2012 Sofia Meetings included 27 projects pitched for the first time or selected in partnership with EAVE,…

FESTIVALS: Brazil’s Stories Wins Sofia IFF Grand Prix

{mosimage}SOFIA: The 16th Sofia International Festival (www.siff.bg) jury headed by director David Mackenzie gave its top prize to Julia Murat's lyrical debut Stories Only Exist When Remembered, a 2011 Brazilian-Argentinean-French…

PRODUCTION: Company of Heroes Filming in Bulgaria

SOFIA: A Hollywood film based on the video game of the same name Company of Heroes is spending the month of March filming in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria and Turkey Build Coproduction Ties

SOFIA: A Turkish-Bulgarian soap opera is leading the way toward closer cooperation between the Turkish and Bulgarian film and TV industries.

SPI Launches Channels in Bulgaria

{mosimage}WARSAW: Polish-based SPI International (www.spi.pl) has launched niche channels FashionBox HD and DocuBox HD in Bulgaria on Satellite BG.

Bulgaria 2011 Country Profile

SOFIA: Despite severe cutbacks in funding, Bulgarian films had another strong year, attracting international attention and domestic audiences. The film services industry was bolstered by the largest-ever international production, and…

OBITUARY: Velko Kanev

{mosimage}SOFIA: Bulgarian actor Velko Kanev died on 11 December 2011. Kanev was born 31 July 1948 and began his career in regional theatre before joining the Bulgarian National Theatre in…

Bulgaria’s National Film Center Selects Films for Grants

{mosimage}SOFIA: Two feature films, two script development projects, nine documentaries and four animated films have been selected to receive grants from Bulgaria's National Film Center (NFC, www.nfc.bg). The grants session…

PRODUCTION: Faith, Love and Whiskey in Postproduction

SOFIA: Bulgarian-born director/writer Kristina Nikolova is in postproduction with her first full-length feature film, Faith, Love and Whiskey with an completion date of January 2012.