Films, Screens and Attendance Rise in Bulgaria

    The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

    SOFIA: Cinema attendance, film production and the number of screens rose in Bulgaria in 2015, with 26 feature films produced and cinema attendance up 4.8 per cent.

    According to Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute, feature film production rose by 63 per cent, with 24 films produced for theatrical distribution and two features produced for TV.

    The number of cinemas and screens in Bulgaria increased by 5 per cent in 2016, to 55 cinemas and 206 screens. Nearly half of the screens are located in Sofia. Multiplexes dominated the market, accounting for 72 per cent of admissions. Twelve per cent of all films shown in Bulgaria were domestic films, and European films made up over 20 per cent of all films screened in Bulgaria.

    The only decline was in the number of hours of programming on Bulgarian TV channels, which declined by 5.4 per cent, despite a slight increase in the number of licensed TV operators in Bulgaria, at 116.