Its location, size and variety of landscapes make filming in Bulgaria relatively easy and affordable.
Access for foreign journalists can be tricky in some communities and having a Bulgarian fixer is always advised. Talking to institutions may be slow without local production help.
Openness to Foreign Journalists and Filmmakers
Bulgaria ranks 111th in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index done in 2018 by Reporters Without Borders. Having a similar ranking to countries like Brazil and Angola, Bulgaria has still a lot to do in terms of openness to journalists and guaranteeing freedom of speech.
That being said, while institutions and contributors are generally open to talking to foreign media, a local Bulgarian fixer would be needed when covering or Filming in Bulgaria as a journalist. State bodies tend to be slow in replying or need additional clarification for access, while average people in different communities may prefer interacting with a local first.
Access & Filming Permits in Bulgaria
Permits for filming in Bulgaria can be acquired with relative ease, but the process can sometimes take up to 30 days.
Some places are accessible for free while others have a tax, but filming in Bulgaria is generally cheap by international standards.
Our film and production fixers have a good experience in getting filming permits in Bulgaria, so please feel free to drop us a line if there is any way we can help.
Bulgaria has been a part of the EU since 2007, but is not included in the Schengen Space. Non-EU citizens need to check the websites of the Bulgarian embassies in their territories to figure out visa restrictions.
In general, authorities are quite permissive with getting visas for filmmakers and journalists. Since the bureaucracy bit may be tricky, our Bulgarian production fixers are ready to help.