FESTIVALS: The 25th Anniversary Sofia IFF Celebrates With Special Autumn Edition

SOFIA: The first part of the 25th anniversary of the Sofia International Film Fest took part mostly online in March 2021, while the second part started in a physical format…
16-09-2021

Bulgarian National Film Centre Restarts Stalled Funding

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Centre (BNFC) has announced it will launch calls for funding which have been stalled since the beginning of the year. Calls for all types of…
23-08-2021

PRODUCTION: Tonislav Hristov Wraps Fiction Debut The Good Driver

SOFIA: The acclaimed documentary director Tonislav Hristov completed the Helsinki shooting of his fiction debut The Good Driver on 6 August 2021. The film is a coproduction between Finland’s Making…
10-08-2021

Kamen Balkanski Re-Appointed Director of Bulgarian National Film Center

SOFIA: Kamen Balkanski, Head of Creative Europe’s Media office – Bulgaria since 2004, has been appointed Acting Director of the Bulgarian National Film Center. He is replacing Jana Karaivanova, forced…
29-06-2021

Jana Karaivanova Dismissed As Director of Bulgarian National Film Center

SOFIA: The Caretaker Bulgarian Minister of Culture Velislav Minekov dismissed Jana Karaivanova from her post of executive director of the Bulgarian National Film Center on 17 June 2021. The name…
18-06-2021

Bulgarian The Naked Truth about Zhiguli Band Becomes Domestic Hit Despite Restrictions

SOFIA: The entertaining low budget musical comedy The Naked Truth about Zhiguli Band directed by Victor Bojinov has had a record number of 113,059 admissions and over 500,000 EUR gross…
02-06-2021

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Director Stephan Komandarev Preps Hello

SOFIA: The acclaimed Bulgarian filmmaker Stephan Komandarev is preparing his sixth feature film Hello, on low-income retirees in Bulgaria’s provinces. The project is so far a Bulgarian/German coproduction between Argo…
31-05-2021

Memory Starring Monica Bellucci and Liam Neeson Shoots in Bulgaria

SOFIA: The Italian actress Monica Bellucci has just joined the crew of Martin Campbell’s Memory, produced by Black Bear Pictures, which is currently being shot in Bulgaria. She will star…
21-05-2021

Caretaker Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Velislav Minekov, a professor at the National Academy of Art, was appointed the Caretaker Minister of Culture on 12 May 2021. Known as a civic and political activist he…
14-05-2021

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Political Journalist Sevda Shishmanova Develops Debut Feature

SOFIA: The political journalist and international correspondent for the Bulgarian National Television, Sevda Shishmanova is developing her first feature film Remains of Life. This so far Bulgarian/German coproduction is inspired…
27-04-2021

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Director Ilian Djevelekov Completes Postproduction on TV Series The Portal

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Ilian Djevelekov is in final postproduction with his six-part TV series The Portal, backed by the Bulgarian National Television, with Miramar film serving as executive producer.
19-04-2021

PRODUCTION: Bulgarian Debut Feature The Art of Falling Wraps Shooting

SOFIA: First time director Orlin Milchev completed the shooting of his feature film The Art of Falling, produced by Pavlina Jeleva through Geopoly with the support of the Bulgarian National…
16-04-2021

Bulgaria’s Cinemania Festival To Take Place in Re-Opened Cinemas

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s major annual film festival Cinemania, which was postponed several times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is finally taking place 8 – 22 April 2021 in cinemas at 30%…
12-04-2021

Bulgaria Re-Opens Cinemas

SOFIA: Bulgaria's Ministry of Health has allowed the re-opening of cinemas on 1 April 2021, together with theatres, museums, galleries, libraries and circus performances, but only at 30% of their…
01-04-2021

Film Movement Acquires Rights to Bulgarian Ivaylo Hristov’s Fear

SOFIA: The US company Film Movement snapped up North American rights from sales company Films2C to Ivaylo Hristov’s black and white drama Fear, produced by Pro Film. The story follows…
29-03-2021

Sofia Meetings 2021 Gives Top Prize to Serbian Frost

SOFIA: The 18th edition of Sofia Meetings, which took place online 17- 24 March 2021, announced nine of its twelve awards during an online awards ceremony, while the remaining three…
26-03-2021

Sofia Meetings 2021 Opens to TV Series Projects

SOFIA: The 18th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market, taking place online till 24 March 2021, included TV series projects for the first time. Eight projects were presented, three…
23-03-2021

FNE at Sofia IFF 2021: Brazilian The Pink Cloud Wins Grand Prix of Sofia IFF

SOFIA: Iuli Gerbase’s science fiction debut The Pink Cloud (Prana Filmes) won the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix in the international competition of the 25th Anniversary Sofia IFF, with…
22-03-2021

Bulgaria Closes Cinemas Till End of March

SOFIA: All cinemas throughout the country will be closed from 22 March to 31 March 2021, due to the introduction of stricter anti COVID-19 measures.
19-03-2021

Sofia Meetings Takes Place Online for the Second Time

SOFIA: The 18th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market, set to take place from 17 to 24 March 2021 within the 25th Anniversary Sofia International Film Festival, will be…
15-03-2021