In late 2011, Bulgaria - country of truly unlimited political possibilities where a dictator's bodyguard can become a Prime Minister - voted for a figurehead president and local administration. Displaying an absolute faith in the fairness and integrity of the election, OSCE dispatched only 12 officials to observe 12,000 election sections. At the same time, SILBA, a small Danish NGO, sent 20 young Danes to gain experience in a calm and controlled election process. This is the story of the election night adventures of Marie Louise, a 25-year-old Dane, stuck between the Bulgarian way to run an election and the convenient conclusions reported by the heads of the European delegations.
A Classroom Story
In a small 18th century Balkan town of beautiful palazzos, the birthplace of fairy-tale rich tradesmen and brave revolutionaries, there are two young women looking for a 21st century fortune – bright young minds. But first they need to confront the real monster – institutionalized education. This is the story of Iva and Maria.
Successful and idealistic, they volunteer for a 2-year full-time program at a school in the small Bulgarian town, joining the less than 5% of European teachers under the age of 30. Despite some adverse personal situations their students’ positive response inspires them. The harsh reality of the damage caused by years of neglect and disdain for the needs of young people will test their resourcefulness and emotions to the fullest. As the depressed small town abounds with examples of economic, academic and personal failure, the kids have been infected with apathy and sense of defeat that seem to doom any ambition. Unprepared for what they find, Iva and Maria decide to show the kids what it means to dream big. But first they‘ll have to show them how to fail big.
Anna Stoeva had been development producer for AGITPROP, top Bulgarian creative documentary production company, for three years up to January 2011. In 2009 she started of her career as producer winning Best International Proposal Prize at BaKa Forum for Lost Faces ñ the project to become the first two films produced as HBO Bulgaria original programming Concrete Pharaohs and Paradise Hotel, selected and awarded at festivals worldwide. High profile international co-productions she worked on include The Last Black Sea Pirates, Dad Made Dirty Movies (premiere at Visions du Reel, toured leading festivals) and Balkan Melody. Anna was key fundraiser and operations manager responsible for the launch of the Balkan Documentary Center, and is currently fundraiser and strategic advisor of IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival. In the summer of 2011, after a 4-months distribution internship at Magnolia Pictures, she co-founded tanuki films together with David Djambazov.
Section 59 - a Bulgarian election(documentary, 27', HD, 2012)ProducerPre-sold to Bulgarian National Television.Easter Dance of the Dead (documentary, 25', HDV, 2011)ProducerNominated for Best Debut by the Bulgarian Film Academy; in the official selection of the Golden Chest FF and the 10th Almaty IFF Shaken StarsThe Last Black Sea Pirates and Sir Norman Foster (creative documentary, 90’, HD, 2011)Development ProducerDir. Svetoslav Stoyanov, written by Vanya Rainova. Winner of Best Project at East European Forum 2009, pitched at IDFA Forum 2009. With the support of the National Film Center – Bulgaria and MEDIA Programme Development. 10 broadcasters on board. Distributed by Rise and Shine, Berlin. In post-production; expected release Winter 2011.Dad Made Dirty Movies (documentary, 58’, HD, 2011)Production Manager, BulgariaWritten and directed by Jordan Todorov. Produced by AGITPROP, Bulgaria in co-production with ZDF/ARTE and Filmtank, Germany.Festivals | Visions Du Reel, Nyon 2011; Sydney Underground 2011; Trieste 2012Balkan Melody (creative documentary, 90’, HD, 2011)Production Manager, BulgariaWritten and directed by Stefan Schwietert. Produced by Maximage, Switzerland in co-production with ZeroOne Film, Germany and AGITPROP, Bulgaria. In post-production; expected release date: Spring 2012Paradise Hotel (HBO Central and Eastern Europe, documentary, 54’, HD, 2010) Development ProducerWritten and directed by Sophia Tzavella, DOP Boris Missirkov & Georgi Bogdanov. Produced by AGITPROP, Bulgaria as pilot project (together with Concrete Pharaohs) of HBO Bulgaria Original Programming. Festivals | Message to Man, St. Petersburg 2010; Sarajevo FF 2010; Two Riversides, PolandConcrete Pharaohs (HBO Central and Eastern Europe, documentary, 47’, HD, 2010)Development ProducerWritten and directed by Jordan Todorov, DOP Boris Missirkov & Georgi Bogdanov. Produced by AGITPROP, Bulgaria as pilot project (together with Paradise Hotel) of HBO Bulgaria Original Programming. Best Debut Award of Golden Rython Festival of Documentary and Animated Film, Bulgaria.Festivals | Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo 2010; Trieste Film Festival 2011.
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