THEODORA DIMOVA is one of the most renowned and widely read of Bulgarian writers. She is the author of nine plays staged at home and abroad and the novels ‘Emine’, ‘Mothers’, ‘Adriana’, ‘Marma, Mariam’, and ‘The Train to Emmaus’. In 2007, ‘Mothers’ won the East European Literature Prize of Bank Austria and KulturKontakt.

The book has been reprinted eleven times in Bulgaria, and published in nine languages, including German, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, and Slovenian. ‘Adriana’ was translated into French and Czech, and the film, ‘I Am You’, was based on the novel. In 2010, ‘Marma, Mariam’ won the National Hristo G. Danov Award for Bulgarian fiction. In 2019, Dimova became the Hristo G. Danov Award-winner for her overall contribution to Bulgarian literature and literacy and published her novel, ‘The Stricken’, which later became the Novel of the Year of NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’, and won the Peroto [the Quill] Prize for prose and The Flower of Helicon for best-selling book. In 2023, the novel ‘I Don’t Know You’—a kind of sequel to ‘The Stricken’—appeared.

Since 2012, she has been a columnist for Culture Portal. Her essayistic works have been published in the collections ‘Four Kinds of Love’, ‘Lessons’ and ‘Call the Sheep by Name’, and ‘Prayer for Ukraine’. She was the winner of the 2022 Grand Literature Award of St Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, as well as the 2023 Vazov Literature Prize for overall contribution.


GENOVEVA DIMITROVA, PhD, is one of the leading Bulgarian film critics. A native of Pleven, she graduated in Russian Philology from St Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, and in Film Studies from the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. Between 1991 and 2018, she worked as the Kultura Weekly editor and, from 2000, wrote a column titled ‘At First Sight’.

Between October 2018 and the end of 2019, she was an editor and columnist for K newspaper. She was employed as a film expert at the Bulgarian National Film Archives and has been extensively published in the periodical and specialist press. In 2022, she became a cinema columnist at Filter newspaper. She is the author of ‘Cinema at the End of the Century: Bulgarian Figures and Feature Films—a View from the 1990s’, (EA Publishing, 1999) and ‘Carousels of the Absurd: Russian Feature Films (1991–2011)’, (Valentin Trayanov Publishing House, 2011).

She is a part-time lecturer in Film Studies, in the Master’s programme, Translation and Editing, of St Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia. She was the screenwriter of the documentary films ‘Night in Sofia’ (2008) and ‘Offline?’ (2017), directed by Stanislava Kalcheva. A member of the Board of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers, the Union of Bulgarian Journalists and of FIPRESCI, she has served on the juries of international and national festivals and is the recipient of many awards.


PETYA NAKOVA is a director and documentarist. In 2010, she graduated in Film and TV Direction from the New Bulgarian University. Her latest documentary, ‘Silent Legacy’ (2021, 60’), a co-production between Contrast Film and HBO Europe, was distributed in all twenty-three European territories of HBO MAX.

Her debut documentary, ‘Roma Quixote’ (2013), with co-director Nina Pehlivanova, was produced under the BDC Discoveries 2011 programme, and was shown at festivals including the Cottbus IFF, Germany; Millenium IDFF, Belgium; and the Golden Rhyton Bulgarian National Festival; and in universities and schools. It was nominated for documentary debut by the Bulgarian Film Academy. Petya Nakova is the author of two volumes of documentary stories.


SVILEN DIMITROV graduated in Animation Direction from the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. His graduation film, ‘The Air Ace’ (2007), was selected for the Berlinale Generation section.

His next animated short, ‘Rew Day’ (2012), premiered at the out-of-competition selection of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. For his next 3D short, ‘The Magic Cake of Auntie Bantie’ (2014), he was nominated for best director at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards. His latest film, ‘Shells in Love’ (2021), had its world premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival; it won the Golden Rhyton award for animation and the Vasil Gendov prize for animated film.

Currently, Dimitrov is working on ‘Club 127’, a short animation to be completed in 2024. His films have been shown at many festivals, including Hiroshima, Odense, Drama, Uppsala, Warsaw, Huesca, and Vilnius. He works full-time for Miramar Film, the production company behind all his films, and where he has created numerous animated commercials and visual effects for several feature films.


Visual artist, web designer and developer Yohannes Artinyan graduated in Sculpture from the National Academy of Sciences, in the class of Professor Velichko Minekov. The winner of numerous national and international prizes in sculpture, architecture and web design. Founder of 7+1 Art Group, an influential formation in contemporary Bulgarian art and the first in the country to focus on art in a social environment.

Yohannes Artinyan has successfully undertaken projects in visual arts, architecture, scenography, net art and web design. He has held more than fifteen solo exhibitions and been included in over sixty collective and group exhibitions and art events in Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Serbia, Lebanon, and the USA.