SOFIA-MARSEILLE

FIDLab 2019

Thanks to the support of Media Creative Europe and the National Culture Found of Bulgaria, a delegation of Bulgarian women producers is invited to take part in the professional activities of the festival.

Bulgarian Cinema, with its remarquable and glorious history, with an average of 20, 25 films per year produced during the 70s and the 80s went through difficult years following the end of communism in the 90’s. This dark period ended in the years 2000 when it acquired a new impetus.
A new wave of young filmmakers set the basis for a revival of the industry. Stephan Komandarev (The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, 2008) et Kamen Kalev (Eastern Plays, 2009) are few examples of the directors that contributed to the international dimension of the Bulgarian Cinema industry. Today, ten years after, Bulgarian cinema is constant growth and it earned a well deserved place in the international festivals landscape. In spite of this positive trend, Bulgarian filmmakers remain little known in France. FIDLab decided to foster the discovery the most promising production companies in Bulgaria by inviting them with their projects in Marseille. Last but not least we are glad to acknowledge the high quality of the company profiles and a strong presence of female professionals in a traditionally male dominated industry.
Discover the FIDLab 2019 projects to engage in co-production, take advantage of individual meetings to discuss projects at writing or development stage, accelerate the possibility of professional meetings in an summer and friendly setting, these are the aims for this new initiative.

Veselka Kiryakova


Producer : Red Carpet
She graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, where she studied Film Editing. After editing numerous Bulgarian and international short films and documentaries, she produced her first feature film, Alienation, in 2013, directed also by the beginner Milko Lazarov (twice awarded in Venice). Her second production was Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s multi awarded and well-travelled Glory (2016). In her latest production, she collaborates again with Lazarov in the Bulgarian-German-French co production Aga that premiered Out of Competition at the 2018 Berlinale.

Vanya Rainova


Producer : Portokal
In 2014, Vanya co-wrote and produced Pride (Grand Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and nominated for the European Film Awards) and is also co-author and screenwriter of the award-winning film The Black Sea Pirates, directed by Svetoslav Stoyanov. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of San Francisco.

Mira Staleva


Director : Sofia Meetings – Producer : Art Fest
After finishing her education in theology and psychology, she joined the team of Sofia International Film Festival from the very beginning. She is now the Deputy Director of Sofia IFF and Head of the festival’s co-production market Sofia Meetings. She is also a part of Art Fest, a production, distribution and exhibition company based in Sofia.

Gergana Stankova


Producer : Menclips
Gergana Stankova holds a Master Degree in Journalism and PR from Sofia University. She accomplished a Master Program in Audiovisual Management MEGA at Media Business School in Ronda, Spain in 2004 and was selected to participate at European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs EAVE in 2013. For 7 years she worked for Boyana Film Studios. In 2006 Gergana set up Menclips, which has produced a number of films amongst which The Singing Shoes by Radoslav Spassov (Special Jury Prize Silver George, Moscow 2016), Radiogram by Rouzie Hasanova and Rules a short film by Yassen Genadiev.

Katya Trichkova


Producer : Argo Film – Contrast Films
After a master’s degree in law and filmmaking, in 2009 she founded and directed Contrast Films, a production company whose main objective is to develop and produce fiction and documentaries. Since 2011, she also works as an independent producer for other Bulgarian production companies, such as Izograph, Chouchkov Brothers, Cineaste Maudit Productions and Argo Film, founded by Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev (The world is big and salvation awaits, selected for Oscar 2010).
Her recent filmography includes Caini written and directed by Bogdan Mirica (Argo Film) (Fipresci Prize Un Certain Regard Festival de Cannes), The Judgment by Stephan Komandarev (Argo Film) and Chain by Eicke Bettinga (Contrast Films).