Initiatives of the private sector in the arts are ongoing within the existing international networks. Although not a part of the official national policy instruments, these exchanges contribute in a great extent to the image of Bulgarian contemporary arts abroad. Festivals, workshops, international exchanges in performing arts, media, film, visual arts and more are run mainly by NGOs and are supported by international funding.
Sofia Meetings is an annual co-production market in the framework of the Sofia International Film Festival. The main focus are projects for first, second and third time features by European and other directors. More than 150 industry executives from all over the world visit Sofia to cooperate and search for new projects and films.
Derida Dance Centre hosts the Residency Program which is among the organisation’s main instruments to help realise its mission for providing opportunities for development of contemporary dance in Bulgaria. In the past few years Derida Dance Centre hosted many Bulgarian and foreign artists, who shared their creativity and experience with professionals and non-professionals in the field of contemporary dance in Bulgaria. As a result of this, Derida Dance Centre Residency Program was recognized in 2014 by experts of the European Commission in Brussels as a best practice for the exchange of artistic experience in Europe together with examples from Ireland and Finland.