Bulgarian filmmakers protest funding cuts

VARNA: Bulgarian filmmakers have become the latest victims of the austerity measures sweeping Europe in the wake of the European governments bail out of banks following the global financial crisis.

PRODUCTION: I Am You filming in Sofia

I Am You or Adriana, directed by Petar Popzlatev, is nearing the end of filming in emblematic old Sofia locations and the former Bulgarian royal summer palace on the Black…

Bulgarian Hunting Down Small Predators starts digital distribution

The new teenage romance Hunting Down Small Predators (http://hdsp.bg/) shot in HD (2K) with a SI-2K camera and directly transferred to positive film stock using the Cinevator technology started a…

Bulgaria sends Eastern Plays to the Oscars

The Film Council of the Bulgarian National Film Center (www.nfc.bg) has selected Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays (www.easternplays.com) as the country's official entry to the 2011 Oscar best foreign language film…

Bulgaria's Vivacom launches digital TV

The Bulgarian telecom company Vivacom will begin digital transmission on September 1, the company announced.

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian animation The Blood goes into production

Bulgarian animation director, writer, art director and VFX artist Velislava Gospodinova started working on the animated film The Blood Gospodinova is the director of animation film The Lighthouse currently making…

Bulgarian National TV elects new managing board

The newly appointed Director General of the Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg) Viara Ankova proposed to the Council of Electronic Media (www.cem.bg) a new Board of management. According to national legislation,…

PRODUCTION: The Island begins filming in Bulgaria

Model and actress Laetitia Casta began a nine week shoot August 10 on Kamen Kalev's second feature The Island. She plays a French journalist and girlfriend of a businessman with…

Bulgarian TV market drops

Bulgarian TV market fell by 8.6%, according to the latest report of the monitoring agency TNS/TV Plan and the TV advertising Top 10. CME (www.cetv-net) station bTV (www.btv.bg) registered a…

Bulgarian National TV names new director

After three days of intense public hearings, the five members of the Council of Electronic Media (www.cem.bg) elected Viara Ankova as Director General of Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg). The vetting…

Eastern Plays wins Bulgarian film awards

The freshly founded Film Academy announced its first annual awards with Eastern Plays (www.easternplays.com) winning film of the year, topping the list of eleven 2009 feature films. The same film…

CME merges Bulgarian TV management

Central European Media Enterprises (CME, www.cetv-net.com) plans to merge the news departments of its Bulgarian television channels. CME acquired 100% ownership of terrestrial bTV channel (www.btv.bg) and genre channels, bTV…

Bulgaria cuts film funding

Bulgaria will reduce public film funding in 2010 to €4 million instead of €9,.5 million. The Bulgarian Parliament (www.parliament.bg) approved a mid-year revised budget, the first since 1997, which according…

Mission London set to break even

Bulgarian national box office hit Mission London is close to breaking even on its origina 1.5 million Euro investment, with over 310,000 viewers since its mid-April opening.

FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Kamen Kalev

Bulgaria's Kamen Kalev won international attention with his first film as both director and producer, Eastern Plays.

Mission London becomes a Bulgarian box office hit

Alek Popov's and Dimitar Mitovski's €1,350,000 Bulgarian feature Mission London (www.mission-london.com) surpassed 143,000 admissions in its second week in distribution.

Israel Theatres Takes Over Cinema City International in Bulgaria

Israel Theatres has agreed to buy Cinema City International in Bulgaria (www.cinemacity.bg) for approximately 85m Euros.

Bulgaria’s Zincograph selected by Cannes L'Atelier

Vladislav Todorov's and Yavor Gardev's political psycho-thriller Zincograph is the first Bulgarian feature project ever chosen by the Cannes Cinéfondation (www.festival-cannes.com/fr/cinefoundation) L'Atelier networking program.

PRODUCTION: Conan filming in Bulgaria

The Nu Image/Millennium/Lionsgate Conanremake starring Jason Momoa has begun a 12-week shoot in Sofia.

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Love.net ends shooting

The first national IT romantic drama Love.net ended a three part shooting that took place between October 29, 2009 and March 29, 2010.