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Le Centre national de la cinématographie bulgare soutient 49 projets

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- Alors que la situation bureaucratique est extrêmement compliquée, l’organisme principal de financement du cinéma en Bulgarie essaie de retrouver son volume d’activité antérieur et distribue 6,5M €

Le Centre national de la cinématographie bulgare soutient 49 projets
La réalisatrice Yana Titova, dont le second long, Dyad, reçoit le soutien du Centre national de la cinématographie bulgare

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After the implementation of a complex regulatory framework imposed by the amended Film Industry Act in July 2021, and in accordance with the European Union’s requirement for mandatory notification of new state-run aid schemes, which entered into force in September 2021, the Bulgarian National Film Center has finally been allowed to restart its activities, which had been suspended since 1 January 2021. The funding institution only approved the 2021 slate of financing for feature, documentary and animated productions in November last year; for this reason, the calls for all types of films were announced with very short time frames, and hence the selection committees also had to meet tight deadlines. Despite plans to announce the results for all calls before the end of 2021, this was not feasible; therefore, the first results were not announced until last week.

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During a meeting in early January 2022, the committee for fiction films evaluated and ranked the 120 submitted fiction-film projects and screenwriting ideas; among these, 14 feature films, three directorial feature debuts, 14 short films and 18 screenwriting projects will be granted funding. Based on the agreed financial framework of the session, with a total budget of BGN 12,720,000 (or roughly €6.5 million), the executive director of the film centre, Kamen Balkanski, issued orders for the distribution of the financing in the respective categories.

While we will not list all of the supported titles here, the most highly anticipated ones among the seven projects supported in the category for films with a total budget of over BGN 600,000 (€306,749) are Fault, the most recent project by veteran Bulgarian helmer Georgi Dulguerov (Lady Zee [+lire aussi :
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, Buffer Zone [+lire aussi :
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), produced by one of the most active local outfits, Screening Emotions (The Story of a Summer Lover [+lire aussi :
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, Glory [+lire aussi :
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); tandem Grigor Lefterrov and Todor Matsanov’s next joint project, Stephan, following their successful debut, Hristo [+lire aussi :
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(produced by Matsanov’s Lema Film); and The Devastated, directed by Petar Popzlatev and backed by firmly established outfit Gala Film (Only Human [+lire aussi :
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, Family Relics [+lire aussi :
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). Seven other projects received support in the category for films budgeted at under BGN 600,000, the most eagerly anticipated among which are Yana Titova’s second feature, Dyad, produced by Portokal (whose January [+lire aussi :
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recently premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival), on the heels of her independent debut, A Dose of Happiness [+lire aussi :
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; Lyubomir Mladenov’s second feature, Facing the Sun, to be made over a decade after his aesthetically minimalistic debut, Hunting Park (also produced by Screening Emotions); Dimitar Kotzev’s third feature, For You, following two smart, audience-friendly comedies, Lora From Morning Till Evening and Monkey [+lire aussi :
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; and Georgi Stoev’s Ave Maria, in scriptwriting collaboration with non-conventional documentary filmmaker Nikola Boshnakov, produced by Ivan Tonev’s Ars.

The three financed debuts also look promising. They are: Land by Nikolay Todorov (Screening Emotions), who has appeared in minor roles in a number of Bulgarian films and has already received local and international recognition for his short and mid-length films; well-known actor Kitodar Todorov’s Paris 18 (Little Wing Productions); and Kristina Spasovska’s 40 Maria Louisa Blvd., backed by Viktoria Films, run by Maya Vitkova, who garnered international recognition with her debut, Viktoria [+lire aussi :
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, back in 2013. She herself accepted a script-development grant for a feature-film project named Saint Seraphim, which was among the 18 scriptwriting subsidy winners.

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