Alexandra, PR at Nu Boyana shares with us the main factors that make Bulgaria an attractive filmmaking destination
Above all else Bulgarians are film friendly and even the Ministry of Tourism understands that a healthy international film industry is good PR for the country on the whole.
Location and infrastructure
Mountains, forests, barren landscapes, derelict buildings and seaside everything in less than 400 km easy access from the capital, Sofia, providing excellent set facilities throughout the year from snowy winters through to scorching summers. Obtaining permits for more 'unusual' shots like 'aeroplanes landing on motorways' are also less complicated. The studios themselves offer sets from ancient amphitheatres to New York Streets.
Low operational costs of up to -30% lower than Western Europe or America and a flat 10% corporate income tax.
Working with the best professionals in the country, with over 10 years international production experience and that includes stunt work, costume and set design and all other elements. Highly synchronised teams that have worked together for years.
The recently founded Film Forge offers 'hands-on' vocational training and assures a constant supply of budding talent. The studios themselves offer 3 month internships across the departments hoping to spot some of the best up and coming talents and offering them work and networking opportunities within the industry.
Full Service Package
Well connected Unit Production Managers (most of whom work on a freelance basis) with 150 project experiences co-ordinate the full production, from script to screen.
Post Production Facilities
As part of the investment Nu Boyana now has 'state-of-the-art' video and sound post production facilities. Additionally Nu Boyana has the biggest visual effects studio in Eastern Europe, a Motion capture stage, 10 different sound stages and a brand new 2400 cubic meter water tank with director's viewing window.
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This is an excerpt from the article 'Bulgaria - Film Making Destination' in this year's edition of Sofia - the insider's guide (2018) which is currently on sale at the Tourist Information Centres in Sofia as well as Greenwich Bookstore and Gifted. Discount is available on bulk orders - contact us directly.