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Bulgarian participation in “Producers On The Move” – Cannes, 19-23 May 2017

Mila Voynikova, producer at “Miramar Film”, Bulgaria, was chosen this year to participate in the platform „Producers On The Move ” In Cannes with 19 colleagues from different European countries. The platform is part of the programme at the Cannes International Film Festival and the participants are producers from all over Europe selected by a point system according to the following criteria: the producer’s experience in international co-productions; Distributing their films outside the countries where they were produced; Their feature film participated in the international section of major world festivals; Winners of national awards for feature films in their countries;...

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“Golden Kuker – Sofia” meets with its fans for the eighth consecutive time

This year the competition programme of the International Animation Film Festival “Golden Kuker – Sofia” is a host for 1117 participant films from 87 countries. From the 1st till the 7th of May at the City Mark  Art Centre at 30, Janko Sakazov Blvd., and at the National Art Academy, a programme with a diversity of animated  films, master classes and exhibitions of some of the most prominent artists from around the world is on the agenda of the Festival. The festival receives the support of the National Film Centre, Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian National Television, the Bulgarian National...

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“KineDoc” launches in Bulgaria

The third edition of the initiative of eight European countries – Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Norway, launches this year also in Bulgaria. Sixteen documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe will go to the big screen in more than twenty non-traditional locations i.e. not in cinema halls, in each of the nine participating countries. They are screened in various locations, bearing in mind each urban cultural environment. Debates with the audience will follow the screenings, where filmmakers and experts from various creative areas will participate. According to its creators, the objective of the new initiative...

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Bulgaria honoured twice at the official selection of “Cannes 2017”

Stefan Komandarev is nominated in the category “Un Certain Regard” of the International Film Festival in Cannes this year. The film “Directions“,  for which is his current nomination, is a drama about the life today in the big city. It is his fourth feature film after “Boarding House for Dogs” (2000), ” The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner ” (2008) and “The Judgment” (2014). Stefan Komandarev also filmed few documentaries – “Bread over the fence” (2002), “Alphabet of Hope” (2004), “The Town of Badante Women” (2009), “Volunteers” (2012) and others. Besides the recognition of the...

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The Second edition of the film festival “Master of Art”

From the 20th to the 30th of April 2017, Sofia will be home for the unique of its kind in Southeast Europe Festival for documentary and advertising films as arts. The films from the programme are in the following categories: Music and dance; Theatre and cinema; Art and photography; Architecture and design; Literature; Video and advertising art; Video games arts; Installations art, and Contemporary and protest art. The production company “Spotlight” and the foundation “Master of Art” are the organisers of the event with the support of the programme “Culture” of Sofia Municipality. More about the festival and the...

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European award for “The Postman”

Bulgarian director Tonislav Hristov was awarded the grand prize “Objectif d’Or“at the international festival of documentary film “Millennium” in Brussels. His film “The Postman“ tells the story of Ivan, a postman from a village near the border with Turkey. He has an unusual idea to populate his native village deserted over the years, with families of refugees. The film was already shown in other prestigious international festivals for documentary films.According to the director, participation in festivals is important because “it creates a country’s image for the art of...

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Ted Kochev: Life as a dream come true

World famous director with Bulgarian roots Ted Kochev  has just released his autobiography: “Director’s Cut: My Life in Film.” “I am Bulgarian, and I’ve always felt that way. I grew up in a Bulgarian family while far away from Bulgaria” said Ted Kochev to the Bulgarian audience during last year’s SIFF. In the book, which is a fascinating story about the complicated path of a remarkable artist who has carried out his wildest dreams, he also writes about his childhood memories of his Bulgarian family. The translated version of the book will soon be available on the Bulgarian book...

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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...

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Where is the audience of the Bulgarian cinema?

Thirteen new Bulgarian movies three of which are premieres, will compete for the Audience Award at the SOFIA FILM FEST. Does the Bulgarian films really reach its viewers or is it that the efforts of many authors remain rated only by movie fans at home and festivals abroad? In this respect, it is possible to identify not only one issue but also many others related to the Bulgarian audience. This is the subject matter of discussions by filmmakers, journalists, and moviegoers during the ongoing festival days. The lack of real economic levers, the small film market, and almost no...

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The long-awaited 21st edition of SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL re-opens!

With the spring breeze in the air, Sofia palpitates with the excitement of the seventh art throughout the month of March. The 21st edition of one of the most significant film festivals in the region and Europe accredited by FIAPF and included in the ranking of the magazine. “Variety” as a significant cinema forum in Central and Eastern Europe is richer with titles than any other year so far – the programme consists of more than 150 full-length feature and documentary titles and more than 20 short films. The festival developed throughout the years from a young live body where...

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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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