Mina Mileva studied Theatre and Stage Design in college - Plovdiv, Bulgaria and specialised in Dresden, Germany. She then graduated animated film directing in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, and in the Academy for visual Arts (La Cambre), Brussels.


Her short films Contrasts’92, Animation Season’94, Monday again’96, and Un verre ou deux’98, were officially selected at many festivals.


In 1996 she settled in London where she worked as animator, animation director and line producer. Her work features wide variety amongst which films such as “Christmas Carol the movie 2001”, “Bob the Builder”, Disney’s “Tiger Movie” and “Jungle Book”, adverts, music videos, shorts and BBC  and Chanel 4 BAFTA nominated children’s series.


In 2008 Mina co-founded the production company “Activist 38” with the actress Vesela Kazakova after their collaboration on the documentary “Because of Her”.



AS A DIRECTOR:


• 2016 - "The Beast is still alive" - feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2014 - “Uncle Tony, Three Fools, and the Secret Service” – feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2008 - “Telling Tales" – animated series for BBC 2

• 2007 - “Rewind” – animated sequence in the music video for the group “Goldspot”

• 2004 - “Aesop Now and Then” pilot for TV series with Poseidon Films, London

• 2001 - ‘The Dream of Scrooge’ (sequence 28) in “Christmas Carol: The Movie”, Miramax and UK Film Council funded feature film. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and featuring the voices of Simon Callow, Nicholas Cage and Kate Winslet.

• 1998 – “Un verre ou deux” – La Cambre graduation film

• 1996 - “Monday Again” – animated film funded by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria

• 1994 – “Animation season” – short animation

• 1992 - “Contrasts” – one of the first privately produced animated films in Bulgaria after the democratic changes by “Slaval”


AS A PRODUCER:


• 2016 - "The Beast is still alive" - feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2014 “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” – 86 min documentary, supported for Development by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria, coproduction with Bulgarian National Television and NovaFilm-Bulgaria

• 2013    “Because of Mum” - 12 min animation, supported by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria; Premiered at Stuttgart Film Festival 2013

• 2010    “Where is your head” - 7 min short fiction, supported by the Bulgarian Culture Fund

• 2009 - "Just so Darwin"  - animated scientific series for BBC 2

• 2008  “Because of Her” – documentary; Participated on “Golgen Rython” and “Love is folly”, Official premiere at Sofia Film Fest (2008), Broadcast on the Bulgarian National TV

• 2008 – “Telling Tales” - animated series for BBC 2

• 2007 - “Rewind” – animated sequence in the music video for Goldspot

• 2006 - “Tommy Zoom” – children’s series for BBC

• 2004 - “Aesop now and then” pilot for TV series with Poseidon Films

• 2001 - “Christmas Carol the Movie”, Miramax feature film, ‘The Dream of Scrooge’ (sequence 28)


AWARDS:


• 2015 “The Beast is still alive”- IDFA FORUM AWARD 2015 at East Doc Platform Pitch, Prague

• 2014, 2015 “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service”

Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival

Royal Reel Award from Canada International Film Festival

Bronze Palm from Mexico International Film Festival

Women D/P Finalist Documentary at Florida Movie Festival

Award of Merit: Documentary Feature from the Accolade Global Film Competition;

First place in "Art" category at the International Heritage Film Festival "Idols";

Honorable Mention at Trindie Fest Film Festival, Colorado, United States;  

Best Feature Documentary at 8th Bushwick Film Festival, New York;

3 nominations at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Sound

• 1999 – “Contrasts”- Best Foreign animation at DALI UNIVERSE, London

• 1998 – “Monday again”- Best student film at Animafest, Zagreb

Vesela Kazakova graduated both acting and producing respectively in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and University of Economics in Sofia.


Her first roles in the cinema and on stage brought her the debut awards for best young actress in Bulgaria in 2002. Further lead roles in six films have snapped up prestigious prizes for best female actress in Bulgaria and abroad, Silver George Award in Moscow Film festival in 2005, and Berlinale Shooting Stars Award in 2006 amongst them.


Vesela started producing theatre performances in 2005 while also working as an actor, play co-writer and composer. She then gradually turned to film producing starting with the documentary Because of Her. This activity led to setting up a production company Activist38.

Vesela Kazakova is EAVE 2013 graduate and also one of the Emerging Producers’13 in Jihlava.


AS A DIRECTOR:


• 2016 - "The Beast is still alive" - feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2014 - “Uncle Tony, Three Fools, and the Secret Service” – feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2008 - "Because of Her" - documentary, directed by Vesela and Bilyana Kazakova www.becauseofher.com


AS A PRODUCER:


• 2016 - "The Beast is still alive" - feature documentary, produced by Activist38

• 2014 “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” – 86 min documentary, supported for Development by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria, coproduction with Bulgarian National Television and NovaFilm-Bulgaria

• 2013   “Because of Mum” - 12 min animation, supported by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria; Premiered at Stuttgart Film Festival 2013

• 2010    “Where is your head” - 7 min short fiction, supported by the Bulgarian Culture Fund

• 2008  “Because of Her” – documentary; Participated on “Golgen Rython” and “Love is folly”, Official premiere at Sofia Film Fest (2008), Broadcast on the Bulgarian National TV

• 2006 “Night Songs” – directed by Petar Stoychev, independent theater performance, Hambara

Supported by the Norwegian Cultural Centre and sponsored by JB.

• 2005 “Stereo Love” – directed by Elitsa Mateeva, independent dance performance, Red House - Sofia


AWARDS:


• 2015 “The Beast is still alive”- IDFA FORUM AWARD 2015 at East Doc Platform Pitch, Prague


• 2014, 2015 “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service”

Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival

Royal Reel Award from Canada International Film Festival

Bronze Palm from Mexico International Film Festival

Women D/P Finalist Documentary at Florida Movie Festival

Award of Merit: Documentary Feature from the Accolade Global Film Competition;

First place in "Art" category at the International Heritage Film Festival "Idols";

Honorable Mention at Trindie Fest Film Festival, Colorado, United States;  

Best Feature Documentary at 8th Bushwick Film Festival, New York;

3 nominations at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Sound


C R E A T I V E   C R E W




Cast: Vesela Kazakova, Rousy Chanev


Written and directed by: Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova


Editing: Donka Ivanova


Animation and compositing: Mina Mileva


Music by: Emilian Gatsov


Camera: Allie Crawford, Plamen Gelinov, Dimitar Kostov, Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva


Sound editing and mix: Georgi Marinov


Voice over recording: Ivaylo Stefanov


Colour correctios: Boris Tivchev, Kalin Petrov


Produced by: Activist38, Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova





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