Strategic document for the Bulgarian cinema
More than three decades the film community in Bulgaria, which mainly concentrates in the capital, has been waiting for a strategy for the development of the art. The present generations seem to have waited long enough for it – Sofia Municipality (SM) in the person of Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and Deputy Mayor of Culture Todor Chobanov offered the option to discuss a strategic document developed by experts Diana Andreeva, Bilyana Tomova, Ivan Popyordanov and Mira Staleva. The document, however, will be debated within the film guild before being definitively adopted and voted by the Municipal Council of SM. The strategy “Sofia – creative city of film” has a 10-year active span – from 2017 to 2027. Its primary objective is to bridge between the great film personalities of the past and the new powerful creative wave outlining the framework that fits the vision and goals for the art, as an integral part of contemporary culture. The document defines the strategic priorities, objectives and specific tools for the implementation of policies and to secure the adequate resources through financial engineering. A long-term strategic plan for the specific activities and financial framework for their implementation will be underway after being endorsed by the Municipal Council. The principles and objectives of the strategy are concerned with the sustainable development of the film industry, film education and the development of interest in audiences, the access to cinema and the protection and promotion of the movie cultural heritage. The strategy aims at attracting Bulgarian and foreign productions to be shot in the territory of SM and supporting and promoting film festivals.
The representatives of SM announced the new projects on the subject of “cinema” for the city that will include the establishing of a secondary level film school, and furnishing modern cinema theatres in all local cultural institutes in Sofia, the application of new financial instruments for the benefit of the Bulgarian film art.