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SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center distributed 1,804,860 EUR / 3,530,000 BGN to 10 feature films including two feature films with higher budgets, two feature films with lower budgets, two debut features and four short films. Two minority coproductions will share an additional amount of 153,388 EUR / 300,000 BNG.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s Parliament voted on 15 November 2018 to adopt the definitive amendments to the Film Industry Act, proposed by the Council of Ministers in August 2018. The new changes follow the amendments adopted on 6 March 2018 and will finally bring the existing state film aid schemes in line with the European Commission’s Communication on State Aid for Films and Other Audiovisual Works (2013/C 332/01).

SOFIA: The Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone returns to Bulgaria to begin shooting his highly-anticipated sequel Rambo 5 aka Rambo V: Last Blood. The fifth installment of the action sequence famously launched with First Blood in 1982 is financed by Millennium Media and produced by Avi Lerner and Kevin King, and will be serviced by Sofia-based Nu Boyana Film Studios.

VARNA: Milko Lazarov’s drama Ága won six awards, including the Golden Rose award, at the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018).

VARNA: Egle Vertelyte’s debut film Miracle will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). The film is a Lithuanian/Bulgarian/Polish coproduction shot by the eminent Bulgarian DoP Emil Christov.

VARNA: Lyubomir Mladenov’s sophomore feature A Ship in a Room will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). The film vied in the official competition of the 30th Tokyo IFF in 2017.

VARNA: Nadejda Koseva’s debut feature Irina will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). The film is an attentive look at the feelings of a young woman during the nine months of her surrogate pregnancy.

VARNA: Kostadin Bonev’s feature film Away From the Shore will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). The Bulgarian/Ukrainian coproduction is a personal interpretation of the clash between creative people and censorship during the communism.

VARNA: Maxim Genchev’s feature film The Runaway Smartphone will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). It is a privately financed family film filled with miracles and adventures, and aimed at the young audience.

VARNA: The anthology 8’19'’ will screen in the main competition of the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018). The film, inspired by six stories from the famous Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov and shot by six film directors, is financed by Bulgarian National Television.