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 Festival.

SOFIA: Ilian Djevelekov is in postproduction with his second feature film Omnipresent. The release is planned for October 2017.

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 Industri, MTG is ready to sell Bulgaria’s second private national TV channel Nova TV and the newly founded film distribution company Lenta Films.

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 the ongoing project marking the centennial of Bulgarian film.

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 set up cinema as a priority during the next decade. The core of the strategy is to establish a financial fund aiming at supporting the production of Bulgarian debuts and films dedicated to younger audiences.

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 best Bulgarian film.

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: 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 Sofia International Film Fest, from 16 to 19 March 2017.

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 Balkan countries, including three Bulgarians. The festival will take place in Sofia from 9 to 19 March 2017 and in some of the biggest Bulgarian cities from 19 to 31 March 2017.

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 followed by long administrative procedures that failed to lead to a stable government. Eventually, it became clear that the newly elected president, General Rumen Radev, should appoint a caretaker government in 2017.

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