Uproar among Bulgarian Directors and Movie Producers

A collective letter signed by more than 100 Bulgarian directors and movie producers confronts the current practices for government funding of movies.

More than a 100 Bulgarian directors, movie producers, and score producers have signed a collective letter which casts off the current practices for government funding of films. According to them, the choice has been left in the hands of a few associations, which have a “phantom cast”. This way, the progress of Bulgarian cinema and the opportunities of young directors are declined. In the letter it is added, that now, when Bulgarian movies are once again popular in local cinemas, the effect of these practices is more than detrimental.

The director of the National Film Centre, Zhana Karaivanova, said that the problem is not that the associations making this vital choice are “empty”, as much as the fact that the list of members is practically mirrored through all of them. This way, the same people, in the name of different organizations make a “collective” decision on which movies are suitable for government funding.

The film director Victor Bozhinov has also shared his opinion on the matter.  According to him, there are two big problems with the government funding of movies. First among them is the miniscule financing, which the programme receives. There are not enough financial possibilities to give directors of different age and style their chance to show their art. The second problem is the obsolete law, which governs the funding of movies. The law places the decision on which movies will get financed in the hands of a few art commissions, which present nothing more than a “mailing list”. Crucial changes have to be introduced to the funding procedure in order to fix all of the problems with the system.

(Picture taken from: pittmeadows.bc.ca)

Bozhidar Lazarov

Bozhidar Lazarov is a freelance writer, hobbyist programmer and an aspired novelist. Feel free to follow him on https://www.minds.com/seriousways for his latest articles and personal projects.

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