The 22nd Cinemania World Film Panorama kicks off November 7 in Sofia with Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones film Shine a Light.

The Bulgarian National Film Council, working with the National Film Center and the Ministry of Culture, will more than double support for films in 2009, increasing from 3.5 million to 8 million euros.

Producer/writer/director Kiran Kolarov's Innocently Yours has begun filming in Bulgaria,

The fall kicked off with the first success of a modern distribution style for new Bulgarian films.

Seven years after the filming of Hard Cash, Val Kilmer returns to Bulgaria for a six week shoot on his newest movie Fake Identity.

Adding to his popular series of Open Classes, Sofia-based French producer Patrick Sandrin organized the 11th edition on producing, featuring director general of Arte France Cinema, Michel Reilhac.

Born as a natural continuation of his background as an economist and a film critic, Stefan Kitanov founded Bulgarian distribution company Art Fest in 2001.

Javor Gardev's provocative neo-noir debut Dzift, which won a best director prize at the Moscow fim festival, is Bulgaria's bid for an Oscar nomination.

The 4th Kind and Command Performance are keeping locally based production companies Nu Boyana film studio, Millenium Films, Nu Image, and producer Gold Circle Films busy with action thrillers this summer.

Never mind the relatively high number of TV channels in Bulgaria (195): two more are to start regular broadcasts. The first is the satellite channel of Nova TV, Nova+, aiming international audience with Bulgarian versions of Big Brother. The second is the children's channel JimJam, offering programs of animated, musical and fantasy films. Along with 197 TV channels, the number of radio stations will soon be over 300.

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