SOFIA: The 20th edition of Sofia Meetings, which was held within the 27th Sofia IFF 23 -26 March 2023, announced its awards. Six prizes were decided after the event, and another three will be announced later during the year.

SOFIA: Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser’s debut feature Red Shoes received the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix of the 27th Sofia IFF. The same film also won the FIPRESCI Award as well as the Young Jury Award.

SOFIA: The 20th anniversary edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market has announced its selected projects. Bulgaria‘s most important film industry event will be held entirely onsite 22 – 26 March 2023, within the 27th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (16 - 31 March 2023).

SOFIA: The 27th Sofia International Film Fest will take place entirely onsite from 16 to 31 March 2023 under the motto Reconnect. The festival will also screen numerous of its titles in the towns of Plovdiv (17 March - 2 April), Varna (24 March – 2 April) and Burgas (30 March – 7 April 2023).

SOFIA: Nayden Todorov, the famous conductor and director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, is the new Caretaker Minister of Culture in Bulgaria. Taking over from Prof. Velislav Minekov, he is the only replaced minister in PM Galab Donev’s second interim caretaker Cabinet, bound to rule the country until the next parliamentary elections on 2 April 2023.

SOFIA: Total admissions in Bulgaria in 2022 were 3,957,349 and total gross was 26,883,358 EUR, compared to 2,553,845 admissions and 12,616,137 EUR gross in 2021, according to the Bulgarian National Film Center. Two domestic films made it into the Top Ten.

SOFIA: Andrey M Paunov’s debut feature January will be released in cinemas and on demand in the UK on 27 January 2023 by New East Cinema.

SOFIA: Bulgarian 12-part TV series Grapes of Guilt and War of Letters have their premiere on the Bulgarian National Television in January 2023. Instead of having one series wait for the other, the national broadcaster chose to offer the audience of millions two top Bulgarian TV productions during three full months.

SOFIA: Millennium Media’s sci-fi thriller Subservience will receive the biggest amount of nearly 1m EUR among the six projects that qualified for the new 25% cash rebate scheme from the Bulgarian National Film Center. A total of over 1.5 m EUR will be distributed.

SOFIA: Scriptwriter Dimitar Stoyanovich completed the shooting of his first feature film Flesh, which is produced by PREMIERstudio and supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center.

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