Look at Me
This project inspiration came from the desire of our team to meet the children and youths from the orphanages with the world of the cinema and to provide them access to the film making process as a new tool of self-expression. In such a way we will give a chance to the young people in nonequivalent social status, with already proved talent, to get involved in other type of artistic work and thus indirectly to reveal their problems. These state “houses” for children without parent care cannot provide access to the cinema as an audio and visual instrument for self-expression because of the high prices of the technical equipment required for the movie shooting. As a part of the film we are going to invite specialists from the movie area (script writer, director, cameraman, artist, editor), who together with the children, will write a script and realize it into a complete movie. We will examine and document the whole process – from the script drafting, through actors’ casting, location scouting, shooting and work with camera, directing, editing. The documentary film “Look at me” will finish with the film of the children we are going to work with.
Maria Stoyanova graduated as an actress for Drama Theater in the Slavic University. In 2008 she started her specialization in Film and TV directing in the National Academy of Theater and Film Art in the class of Georgi Djulgerov. The same year she was a n assistant director in the Georgi Djulgerov’s feature movie – “Kozelat”. During the next years she completed several short movies which took place in prestigious festivals in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2010 Maria made a music video which won the first price in the international competition “Make a Star”, USA. At the present moment Maria is developing a full length movie project and is working as an assistant director in the Bulgarian production “Mice Poison” – debut of the young director Kostantin Bourov.
2011 ‘LITTLE MISS’, Artist: HELP ME JONES – music video (4’30” min.) • Award for the Best Music Video in Make a Star Competition – USA 2010 ‘DIAL 9’ – short fiction film – 5 min, 35 mm • Short Short Story Film Festival – USA • Contravision Film Festival – Germany ‘THE HOUSES’ – short documentary film - HD 2009 ‘VOICE WANTED’ –short fiction film funded by the National Fund of Culture - 12 min, 16 mm • Jameson Short Film Festival – Bulgaria • Filmini International Film Festival – Bulgaria • Early Bird Film Festival - Bulgaria • First Step Film Festival - Albania 2008 ‘ACROSS THE GAME BOARD’ – short fiction film – 16 min. • Filmini International Film Festival – Bulgaria • Early Bird Film Festival - Bulgaria • Faludi Film Festival - Hungary