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WHY: Experienced crews, a wide variety of locations and production costs up that can be to 30% cheaper than other parts of central Europe and other “budget locations” in western Europe, Israel and South Africa make Bulgaria competitive.

Bulgaria is now a member of the EU, with a rapidly modernizing economy and good infrastructure. Many crews are English speaking.

BONUS: Co-production deals with Italy, France, Canada and Russia are eligible for Eurimages and European Union Media Program funding.

SHOT THERE: “Train,” “The Gift,” “The Prince & Me 3,” “Ninja”

HOT SPOT: Nu Boyana Film Studios is the country’s largest facility, and offer a full range of pre- and post-production services including CGI facilities of Worldwide FX Studio, which did the visual effects for “John Rambo.” Unique standing sets, which include Roman and Arabian streets and probably Europe’s best double for New York City has, industry insiders say, 17 American productions waiting to get access. Sofia-based producer Assen Vladimirov says such is demand from U.S. productions in Bulgaria today that local producers find it hard to find affordable crews, particularly electricians.

LINKS:

Nu Boyana Film Studios: nuboyana.com

Bulgarian National Film Center: nfc.bg