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The festival of Italian cinema in Sofia

The festival of Italian cinema in Sofia

For the second year, the Festival of the Italian Cinema in Sofia is open within the annual “Italian Festival in Bulgaria”. The event is organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, and the region of Puglia, one of the most picturesque and rich in tradition Italian areas, is presented this year. The festival presents regional achievements in the field of Eno gastronomy and tourism that are known worldwide, but the focus is on the film industry of the region where Italy’s largest film studio is currently located. For ten years, the film-making industry experienced an unprecedented surge due to the successful work of local authorities. A Film Commission and a “Cinema Fund” with a budget of EUR 5 million and a fund of EUR 1.5 million worth to support young film-makers were set up. Both funds are in addition to other funding sources for the film industry in the region. As a result, return on investment for each euro is tenfold.

The event takes place under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Municipality of Sofia in its capacity as a “UNESCO Creative City of Film” and the Puglia Region in cooperation with the “Apulia Film Commission” agency, Puglia Promozione, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the National Film Centre, and in partnership with New Boyana Film.

Within the framework of the Film Festival, eight films will be presented, most of which are the winners of some of the most prestigious cinematographic awards in Italy:Nastri D’Argento, David di Donatello, Ciak d’Oro. The programme of the Festival can be seen HERE

Sofia creative city cinema UNESCO

On 01.12.2014, Sofia joins the network of creative cities of UNESCO, and was awarded the title "City of Film". The certificate was presented by the Director General of the International Organisation Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandoukova


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