Bulgaria Releases More Funds for Culture and Reopens Cinemas

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s government has announced its decision to strengthen the independent cultural sector by supporting its needs with nearly 2.5 m EUR. The eagerly awaited financial measures were announced by…

FNE Podcast: Film Festivals in Crisis: Sofia IFF Director Stefan Kitanov

The COVID crisis has thrown film festivals all over Europe into crisis. In the series of podcasts FNE asks festival directors to share with us how they are coping with…

Bulgaria Announces Financial Support for Culture

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s Minister of Culture Boil Banov announced on 10 April 2020 a package of emergency financial measures aimed at the cultural sector. The beneficiaries of the aid include both…

Film Industry in Crisis as Bulgaria Extends State of Emergency

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Parliament voted on 3 April 2020 to extend by one month the State of Emergency declared on 13 March over the coronavirus pandemic. All cultural and entertainment…

Bulgaria Declares State of Emergency as Financial Losses for Cinemas Mount

SOFIA: Bulgaria’s government has declared a “one month state of emergency on the territory of the whole country”. It was immediately and unanimously voted by the country’s Parliament on 13…

Bulgaria Eases Restrictions on Cinemas After Protests and Sofia FF Announces New Dates

SOFIA: Restrictions imposed on Bulgarian cinemas have been eased following protests by Bulgarian Association of Cinemas. The authorities have decided to amend the initial “prohibition of cultural and public events…

FESTIVALS: Sofia Film Fest Postpones 2020 Edition

SOFIA: Following an order of Bulgaria’s Minister of Health related to the registered cases of COVID-19, the director of the Sofia Film Festival Stefan Kitanov announced that the 24th edition…

FESTIVALS: Sofia Film Festival 2020 Announces Lineup

SOFIA: Twelve debut and sophomore films have been selected for the international competition of the 24th Sofia International Film Fest. The festival will run in Sofia from 12 to 22…

Sofia Meetings Announces Projects Selection

SOFIA: The 17th edition of the Sofia Meetings coproduction market, set to take place from 18 to 22 March 2020 within the 24th Sofia International Film Festival, will host 38…

FNE Market Analysis 2019: BULGARIA

SOFIA: Public support for film was finally unlocked in 2019 and the Bulgarian National Film Center resumed its regular activities. This became possible after the harmonisation of the Film Industry…

GRANTS: Bulgaria Announces Second Grants in 2019

SOFIA: The Bulgarian National Film Center allotted 1,987,397 EUR / 3,887,000 BGN at its second session in 2019. Nine fiction films, including two with higher budgets, three with lower budgets,…

European VoD Meetings in Sofia Deadline on 15 December

SOFIA: Executives and intermediate professionals are invited to apply for the second workshop of the European VoD Meetings to be held in Sofia 18 – 21 March 2020. The deadline…

FESTIVALS: CineLibri IFF 2019 Winners Announced

SOFIA: Burning by Lee Chang-dong, based on a story by Haruki Murakami, tops the CineLibri competition.

FNE at CineLibri IFF 2019 in Sofia: Interview with Founder and CEO Jacqueline Wagenstein

SOFIA: Jacqueline Wagenstein, working at Colibri Publishers since 2005 and founder of the International Book&Movie Festival CineLibri, spoke with FNE about its unique content and latest successes. The festival, which…

Grand Opening of CineLibri 2019 in Sofia

SOFIA: The grand opening of the fifth edition of the International Book&Movie Festival CineLibri took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 5 October. It is the only film festival in the…

FNE at Golden Rose FF 2019: The Father Wins Five Awards in Varna

VARNA: Kristina Grozeva’s and Petar Valchanov’s The Father won the Golden Rose award of the 37th Golden Rose National Film Festival (28 September - 4 October 2018). The film also…

FESTIVALS: The 37th Golden Rose Film Festival Announces Lineup

VARNA: A total of 13 feature and 17 short films will screen in the official competition of the 37th Golden Rose National Film Festival, running in Varna from 27 September…

MediaMation to Open Four MX4D Auditoriums in Bulgaria

SOFIA: MediaMation Inc. has signed an agreement with Kino Arena to open four MX4D auditoriums in Bulgaria. The first one will open in Sofia in the autumn of 2019.

FNE Oscar Watch 2020: Bulgaria Selects Ága as Oscar Bid

SOFIA: Milko Lazarov’s sophomore feature Ága has been selected as Bulgaria’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.…

PRODUCTION: Armenian/Bulgarian/German Feature Film and TV Series in Production

SOFIA: The Bulgarian company Jelfilm is currently in production with a TV series-melodrama Remission, set to premiere in November 2019 on the Armenian Public TV. The main subject of the…