The International Golden Chest Festival for TV Film Productions, hosted by the Bulgarian National Television, is held in Plovdiv each year. Main goal of the festival is to promote the development of Bulgarian TV films and series, and to expand the contacts between authors andproducers from across the world. Two categories are open for international competition: “TV fiction films and series” and “ Non-fiction Films”. Only one program in each category is accepted. Programs should be based on national literary material and produced after June 2000 The producers must send in advance an entry form, a synopsis (up to 15 lines) in English, a complete dialogue list in the original language and in English translation, a CV of the scriptwriter, director and principal actors, theirphotos and reviews, a poster of the film, ten photos for the Press, VHS demo videotape with subtitles in English for selection, BETA SP tape with the original version and English subtitles – only for the nominated films, which should not exceed 60 minutes. There’s an entry fee of 150 DEM for each program.
Plovdiv is the second largest city of Bulgaria, a transportation hub, a junction on the Belgrade-Sofia-Istanbul rail line, and the chief agricultural market. Plovdiv is also an industrial and commercial centre with over 50 enterprises ranking of national importance. A key characteristic feature of the city's industry is its diversity. Plovdiv’s major industries include the manufacture of textiles and carpets, non-ferrous metal products, machinery parts and fertilizers. Plovdiv has a long tradition in the breweries, the vegetable-and-fruit canning industry as well as in the chocolate industry. The beginning of the exhibition industry in the modern Bulgarian history was laid in 1892 when Plovdiv hosted the First Bulgarian Agricultural and Industrial Exposition. The international Plovdiv Fair is the successor of the First Exposition and its mission -- to contribute to the prosperity of the Bulgarian people by encouraging the development of the national industry. Plovdiv's fair grounds are situated on the tree-lined northern banks of Maritsa River, a 10-minute walk from the centre of Plovdiv. The fair grounds, in a park-like setting, cover 360,000 sq.m. with an overall exhibition area of 95,000 sq.m., two-thirds of which is indoors. The pavilions are equipped with lifts and escalators, heating and air conditioning, audio and video systems, electricity, water, telephone, telex and fax communications. There is a walking street connecting the fairground with the downtown area and includes a wide pedestrian bridge across the Maritsa River (lined with vendor stalls selling all sorts of things including food, flowers, clothing and crafts). grounds. The area is easily accessible on foot, by taxi or by public transportation. Some businesses located inside the Fair Pavilions are open all throughout the year. Numerous shows and exhibitions are presented here throughout the entire year, from the Christmas Bazaar which spans the holidays season from the end of each year to the beginning of the next, two huge International fairs (a spring one and an autumn one), wine-production and agricultural fairs as well as many other exhibitions. As Bulgaria's second largest city, Plovdiv is first in Bulgaria for world-class fairs and exhibitions. No matter what time of year it may be, there is always an activity here attracting the interests of international experts. Visitors from all across Europe have marked these Plovdiv exhibitions as an important place to not only meet their clients but also to expand their commercial contacts with foreign companies. Some of the city's largest hotels, casinos and restaurants are located in the immediate area of the Fair