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Velislava Gospodinova

Animation Director, Animator, Vfx Artist

"The Lighthouse"
2009, 4.50min.

Director: Velislava Gospodinova
Producer: Velislava Gospodinova
Screenplay: Velislava Gospodinova
Design: Velislava Gospodinova
Editing: Velislava Gospodinova
Animation: Velislava Gospodinova
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sound editing: Tsvetan Chobanoff
Art supervisior: Ivan Vesselinov
Support: New Bulgarian University

Distributor: Shorts International Ltd.
Available on iTunes: HERE

Awards, Special Mentions, Nominations

Award for Best graduation film
Special award from the Union of the Bulgarian Artists
2011 - World Festival of Animated Film - Varna , Bulgaria
Special Jury Prize 'For poetry, translated into animation without words'
2010 - KROK International Animated Film Festival, Russia/Ukraine
Second prize for Best of Festival
2010 - Animazing! Spotlight - animated shorts film festival, Hollywood, USA
Special jury prize
2010 - XX "Message to Man" International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
Best debut
2010 - KIN International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia
Best animated film
2010 - ZubrOFFka film festival, Bialystok, Poland
Nomination for "Best Animation"
2010 - Grand OFF Awards, Warsaw, Poland
Nomination for "Best Debut"
2010 - TOFUZI - International Festival of Animated films, Tbilisi, Georgia
Audience award
2009 - Filmini 3.0 - International short film festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
Diploma ASIFA
2009 - BALKANIMA - International animation film festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Honorary Distinction for Animated Film
2009 - National Documentary and Animation Film Festival - Golden Rhyton, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Official Selections And Screenings

Screened on more than 100 international film festivals.

Among them:

KROK International Animated Film Festival / Russia - Ukraine
International festival of documentary and short film of Bilbao - ZINEBI / Bilbao, Spain
Victoria Film Festival / Victoria, Canada
Tampere Film Festival / Tampere, Finland
Sofia Film Festival / Sofia, Bulgaria
Cartoons on the bay – Pulcinella awards / Rapallo, Italy
Atlanta Film Festival / Atlanta, USA
International festival of animated film – Stuttgart / Stuttgart, Germany
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival / Toronto, Canada
ANIMA MUNDI / Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo, Brazil
CARTOON CLUB - International Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics / Rimini, Italy
Odense International Film Festival / Odense, Denmark
Animazing! Spotlight - animated shorts film festival / Hollywood, USA
ANIMADRID / Pozuelo de Alarcon – Community of Madrid, Spain
ENCOUNTERS – International Film Festival / Bristol, United Kingdom
CINANIMA – International Animated Film Festival / Espinho, Portugal
EXGROUND Filmfest / Wiesbaden, Germany
UNLIMITED - European Short Film Festival / Cologne, Germany
Animated Dreams – Animation Film Festival / Tallinn, Estonia
ANIMATEKA International Animated Film Festival / Ljubljana, Slovenia
ANIMA Brussels Animation Film Festival / Brussels, Belgium
MONSTRA – Lisbon International Animated Film Festival / Lisbon, Portugal
IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival / Baltchik, Bulgaria
World Festival of Animated Film – Varna / Varna, Bulgaria
National Documentary and Animation Film Festival – Golden Rhyton / Plovdiv, Bulgaria
BALKANIMA - International animation film festival / Belgrade, Serbia
Filmini 3.0 - International short film festival / Sofia, Bulgaria
Golden Karagoz Int. Short Film Competition - 4th Bursa Int. Silk Road Film Festival / Bursa, Turkey
Tricky Women Film Festival / Vienna, Austria
Filmmor Women Film Festival / Istanbul, Turkey
Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival / Belgrade, Serbia
Ljubljana International Short Film Festival / Ljubljana, Slovenia
ANIMABASAURI – ANIMABASQUE Basauri / Basauri - Bilbao, Spain
Los Angeles United Film Festival / Los Angeles, USA


Bill Matthews

Disney Features, Head of Training
Glendale, California, USA, 2010

“All I can say about this piece is...WOW!!! I am totally blown-away with this
Bulgarian animator’s work! Music track worked perfectly to enhance the drama.
I couldn’t tear my eyes away, and was actually breathless at the end!”

Frank Mouris

Oscar-winning director of Frank Film
Nassau, New York, USA, 2010

“Alfred Hitchcock meets Edgar Allen Poe. Very well done.
Exceptional promise for future work.”

Lennie Graves

Lucas Film Animation
Singapore, 2010

“Excellent balance of Design, Statement, EFX, and Mediums. Clear and affective story.
Dramatic and Ironic. Perfect choice of music.”

Larry Loc

Animator & Animation Professor
Laguna Beach, California, 2010

“This is a highly stylized fully realized animation. It uses a
mature and unique style of animation to tell a haunting and in some ways disturbing
story with subtle ramifications outside the strict interpretations of the story.
This is first rate filmmaking. A film that makes you think what is a good film indeed.”

Monique Renault

Acclaimed Woman's Animator
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010

“This first film shows a real culture in animation (from Alexseiev to Servais) I love it.”

Paul Wells

Historian / Screenwriter / Educator
Loughborough, England, 2010

“Really well executed adaptation of a well known poem, exemplary in the uses of its
limited colour palette and the construction of an affecting relationship between the image,
choreography and the dynamics of the piano piece. The mood and atmosphere are well determined,
and there is a real sense of the deep human contradiction at the heart of the unfolding tragedy.”

Nancy Beiman

Animation Prof, Sheridan College
Oakville, Ontario, Canada, 2010

“A grim story that is well told and works very well with the music and effects. Striking design and
good direction.”

XX “Message to Man” International Film Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia
IMAGINARIA Film Festival / Conversano, Italy
Open – Air Filmfest Weiterstadt / Weiterstadt, Germany
Open – Air Filmfest “In Vervoering” / Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reikäreuna Film Festival / Orivesi, Finland
XX Riga International Film Forum “Arsenals” / Riga, Latvia
BEGINING Film Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival / Berlin, Germany
TOFUZI - International Festival of Animated films / Tbilisi, Georgia
CINEMAGIC – Int. Film and Television Festival for Young People / Belfast, Northern Ireland
Short Short Story Film Festival / Waitsfield VT; Easthampton MA; and Concord NH, USA
ANIMANIMA – International Animation Festival / Cacak, Serbia
Festival of Moving Image / London, United Kingdom
Grand OFF Awards 2010 / Warsaw, Poland
12th Belo Horizonte International Film Festival / Belo Horizonte, Brazil
8th International Festival of Animation Arts - Multivision / St. Petersburg, Russia
ZubrOFFka film festival / Bialystok, Poland
KIN International Film Festival / Yerevan, Armenia
Black Movie Film Festival / Geneva, Switzerland
ANIMFEST – 6th Athens Animation Film Festival / Athens, Greece
Kosmopolis – 6th International Literature Festival / Barcelona, Spain
ANIMARU – Didactic Animation Film Festival / Lalin (Pontevedra), Spain
MECAL International Short Film Festival / Barcelona, Spain
NexT International Film Festival / Bucharest , Romania
See a Paris – South East European Film Festival / Paris, France
Wiz-Art Festival / Lviv, Ukraine
NEUM Animation Film Festival / Neum, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lenola Film Festival / Lenola, Italy
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus - ISFFC / Limassol, Cyprus
International Animation Film Festival – Anim’est / Bucharest, Romania
Big Cartoon Festival / Moscow, Russia
International Short Film Festival – ALTER-NATIVE / Tirgu-Mures, Romania
International Short Film Festival Berlin – Interfilm / Berlin, Germany
International student's film competition - Early bird / Sofia, Bulgaria
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