FESTIVALS: Bojanov Heads to Critics Week

Konstantin Bojanov's Bulgarian-French coproduction Ave is the lone CEE film selected for the Cannes 2011 Critics Week, 12-20 May.

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court Declares Controversial Film Law Amendment Illegal

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court has struck down a controversial amendment to the Film Industry Act that would have reduced the government’s obligations to fund the film industry and opened the…

PRODUCTION: The Island Completes Postproduction

SOFIA: Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev announced that the postproduction of his second feature The Island is now completed. He told FNE that the edit of the film, which was shot…

OBITUARY: Bulgaria Actor Georgi Rusev

Local news reports that Bulgarian actor Georgi Rusev died at age 82.

Bulgarian Ad Market Declines in 2010

Bulgaria's ad market fell by 13.9% in 2010, nearly twice as much as the advertising industry had predicted. However, the decline can be seen as the beginning of a leveling…

FERA Helmer Istvan Szabo Appeals to Bulgaria’s PM to Support Bulgarian Film Industry

SOFIA: Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) has thrown its weight behind Bulgarian filmmakers' struggle to stop the watering down of key legislation that guarantees the level of annual support…

FESTIVALS: Sofia Meetings Award Best Film Projects

SOFIA: Two film projects dominated the awards of the 8th annual Sofia Meetings which brought industry professionals together to pitch their projects and network in the Bulgarian capitol of Sofia…

FESTIVALS: Bulgarian Shelter Grabs Top Sofia IFF Award

(SOFIA): Bulgarian director Dragomir Sholev and producer Rossitsa Valkanova accepted the Grand Prix of the 15th Sofia International Film Festival (4-13 March, www.siff.bg) for the debut feature film Shelter. Sholev…

The World is Big... Sells to North America

Berlin-based world sales company m-appeal (www.m-appeal.com) announced that it has closed a deal with Olive Film for the North American distribution rights of Stephan Komandarev's Bulgarian film The World is…

FESTIVALS: 12 Films Compete for Sofia Festival Grand Prix

Twelve films are competing in the main competition of the Sofia International Film Festival which runs 4-13 March 2011. For ninth consecutive year the Grand Prix Award will be handed…

Bulgarian Cable TV Fined

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo received a fine from the Commission for Protection of Competition, the Bulgarian office responsible for monopoly oversight. Blizoo is the country's leading cable company.

PRODUCTION: Sofianites Too Much in Production

Production is underway on the new Bulgarian TV series Sofianites Too Much which is set to air in March 2011. The series, about two neighboring families, is is produced by…

Tilt Tops Bulgarian Box Office

SOFIA: Viktor Chouchkov Jr.'s debut film Tilt (www.tilt.bg) rose to the top spot on the Bulgarian box office on its opening weekend 11-13 February 2011), with 14,200 admissions and box…

Bulgaria Buys Turkish Soaps

Bulgaria has become the largest European buyer of Turkish soap operas, according to a Bulgarian National Radio report. Bulgaria acquired 27 Turkish soaps, followed by Macedonia with 17.

Mission London Tops Bulgarian 2010 Admissions

With 376,843 admissions Dimitar Mitovski's Mission London (www.mission-london.com) outperformed James Cameron's Avatar which ended the year with 300,205 admissions. However, Avatar earned €1,743,807 in box office, putting it in first…

Music Channel to Launch in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Telemaniac Media Group (www.telemaniac.net), a Bulgarian media group, will launch T-Rock TV, a music TV channel, on 10 February 2011.

Gardev Withdraws from Zinkograf

Bulgarian film and theatre director Javor Gardev (Zift) announced he will no longer direct Zinkograf, the futuristic psycho-thriller based on Vladislav Todorov's novel of the same name.

CME Ceases Broadcasts of Pro.BG

SOFIA: Central European Media Enterprises (www.cetv-net.com) is ending terrestrial broadcast of its Pro.BG station (www.probg.bg), the second most important channel of the group after bTV (www.btv.bg). Replacing it is entertainment…

National Distributors Promote New Bulgarian Titles

Bulgarian distributors are stepping up to distribute domestic films. Two companies, A Plus and Pro Films, are investing their own funds to continue support for Bulgarian films in 2011.

Bulgaria Downsizes Day of National Cinema

Bulgaria's Day of National Cinema, held on 13 January 2011, was a quieter event due to the funding difficulties the film industry faced over the past year. Taking place in…