SOFIA: The Grand Prix for best film in the International Competition for first and second films of the 17th Sofia IFF went to the black and white film Oh Boy by Jan Ole Gerster.

SOFIA: Actor Vladimir Penev was appointed Minister of Culture in the interim government by President Rosen Plevneliev on 12 March 2013.

 SOFIA: Bulgarian director Stefan Komadarev (The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2010) will show ten minutes from his new film The Judgment at the Sofia Meetings Works in Progress section.

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s TV7 will launch an HD information channel, News 7, on 7 March 2013.

SOFIA: Just in time for the 17th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival which opens on 7 March 2013, the Cinema House has been fitted with new digital equipment.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Parliament has put film tax incentives on hold indefinitely, following the veto of the Investment Encouragement Act by President Rosen Plevneliev.

SOFIA: Admissions and box office for domestic films saw decreases of 67 percent in 2012, when nine Bulgarian films drew 214,800 viewers and box office of 745,287 EUR.

BIARRITZ: A seven-film Bulgarian focus was the Central European highlight of the 26th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) held 22-27 January 2013.

SOFIA: Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev vetoed the Investment Encouragement Act, which outlined tax incentives for film productions, shortly after it passed a vote in Parliament.

SOFIA: Documentary film director and academic Marin Martschewski has been selected as the new director of the Bulgarian National Film Center (www.nfc.bg). He was officially nominated to the post by the Minister of Culture at the end of 2012 after a competition call by the Ministry.

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