MINA MILEVA




Mina Mileva graduated in animation film directing at “LA CAMBRE” Brussels and Sofia's Film Academy. After directing several internationally recognised animated short films Mina Mileva entered the British animation industry for more than a decade working as animation director, animator and line producer. Her work includes “Christmas Carol the movie”, “Bob the Builder”, Disney's “Tiger Movie'' and “Jungle Book”, BBC, Chanel 4 and BBC BAFTA nominated children's series.

Later on in 2008 she set up production company Activist 38 together with award-winning actress Vesela Kazakova and they sparkled controversy in their native Bulgaria by making a couple of politically charged documentaries that gained them the nickname “The Demonic Duo”. Both films enjoyed extensive international reception, awards and were on ARTE, Al Jazeera, Current time TV but regretfully are refused air time on the Bulgarian national television and provoked deterioration in film regulations in Bulgaria. The first one “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service" changed the archival copyrights regulations, and the second one “The Beast is still alive” (MEDIA supported) allegedly closed down the documentary strand of the Bulgarian National Television for revealing former Communist agents in the country's current politics.


Fed up with the institutional harassment at home, the duo changed direction to producing fiction films internationally. “Cat in the wall” (MEDIA supported) follows a dispute over an ownerless cat in a London estate, offering an unnerving window into Brexit Britain. It premiered at Locarno main competition in 2019 followed by many big festivals such as Sarajevo, Kork, Valladolid, Tallinn, AFI, SXSW, Wasrsaw where it got FIPRESCI award and it was later part of EFA Feature Film Selection 2020. Sold extensively by Coccinelle film sales, the film can still be seen on HBO, Amazon USA, and many national European televisions. It is a co-production between Bulgaria, France and UK, supported by Ile de France.


Their second fiction “Women do Cry”, described as a rallying cry and a feminist critique of modern Bulgarian society, premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard official selection in 2021. Followed by other strong selections in Sarajevo, Warsaw, Karlovi Vary, AFI, SXSW, Trieste where it received Eurimages Audentia award and again it was is part of the EFA Feature Film Selection 2022. It is a co-production between Bulgaria and France, supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre, ARTE France, EURIMAGES, Ile de France. Presented by world sales mk2 films.



Filmography as director:

Women Do Cry (fiction 2021)

Cat in the wall (fiction, 2019)

The Beast is still alive (feature documentary, 2016)

Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service (feature documentary, 2014)

Because of Her (feature documentary, 2008)

Christmas Carol the Movie (animation sequence, 2001)

Un verre ou deux (short animation, 1998)

Monday Again (short animation, 1997)

Contrasts (short animation, 1992)




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