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Bulgarian National Film Center to grant €6.5 million in 2014


- 80% of the amount is destined for film production, with smaller percentages going to distribution and promotion of local cinema

Bulgarian National Film Center to grant €6.5 million in 2014

The secured amount of state support for the Bulgarian film industry in 2014 is approximately €6.5 million, the National Film Center (NFC) announced last week on the institution's website. A share of 80% of this amount (€5.22 million) is destined for feature-film, documentary and animation production, while minority co-productions have access to 20% (approximately €1 million) of the total production support.

10% (€640,000) of the funding will be granted to local productions and minority co-productions in order to help their domestic theatrical distribution, while 5% will be granted to film events such as film festivals and international campaigns for the promotion of Bulgarian cinema. The final 5% will be used for the funding of "special film projects on topics proposed by the Ministry of Culture", the NFC press release states.

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In 2014, the institution will organise two funding sessions for each section/genre: feature films (in May and November), documentaries (April and October) and animations (April and October). There is one session (October) for co-productions with Bulgarian National Television and four sessions for the funding of minority co-productions, in March, May, September and November.

The supported projects are selected by a national commission of experts. A selected project can receive at least 30% and up to 50% of the previous year's average budget for the type of film production (feature, documentary or animation). A low-budget film, which is “a film with a budget of up to 60% of the average budget for a European film for the previous year, based on the database provided by the European Audiovisual Observatory”, can be granted up to 80% of its production budget.

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