SOFIA: Often called “man of hope” and ‘’father of the nation’’ prominent poet, scriptwriter and translator Valeri Nissim Mevorah, known with his pen name Valeri Petrov, died in Sofia at the age of 94.

SARAJEVO: Bosnian film experts are planning to present a draft of an update of the 1990 cinema law to the country’s parliament, after spending more than a year working on it.

The touching Turkish drama Song of my Mother, the story of an aging woman and her son forced to leave their native Kurdish village and live in Istanbul, received the main prize of the 20th Sarajevo International Film Festival and 16,000 EUR provided by the Council of Europe.

SARAJEVO: The main industry event of the Sarajevo International Film Festival, CineLink, offering over 160,000 EUR in cash and in services, is expanding into new territories.

SARAJEVO: The 20th anniversary edition of the Sarajevo International Film Festival, 15-23 August 2014, marks the launch of a new Avant Premiere platform dedicated to the expansion of regional films distribution.

SARAJEVO: The Sarajevo International Film Festival currently celebrating its 20th edition (15-23 August, 2014) is launching a unique fund, focused on the cooperation between regional, European and global partners.

SARAJEVO: Bulgaria’s award-winning Iglika Trifoniva (Letter to America, Investigation) is in postproduction with her Hague Tribunal fiction False Witness, an ambitious coproduction between Bulgaria’s Klass Film , Holland’s Phanta Vision and Sweden’s Filmlance.

SOFIA: Milko Lazarov, whose minimalist, almost dialogue-free low budget debut film Alienation became Bulgaria’s 2013 creative surprise, is developing Nanook produced by his company Red Carpet.

SOFIA: Martin Ivanov has been named as the new Minister of Culture in the caretaker government just appointed by the country’s President Rosen Plevneliev.

SOFIA: For the first time since its establishment in 1991 the Bulgarian National Film Center will support low budget feature films, with up to 200,000 EUR per project. The application deadline is 18 August 2014 and the results will be announced on 29 September 29.

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