For the first time since its foundation in 1972, a Bulgarian director was nominated in the "Foreign Documentary" category of "The Student Academy Award" or as they are also called the student Oscars.
The nomination for the prestigious award is for the film "Tanda", and the director of the film is Teodora-Kosara Popova, 4th year majoring in "Film and TV Directing" at NATFIZ.
The tape that impressed the prestigious competition tells four different stories of four participants in one milonga. "Tanda" competes in this category with documentaries from the UK and Norway.
The student Oscars, organized by the American Film Academy, are an established springboard to the Oscar statuette that everyone in the film business dreams of. Since its inception, the Academy's prestigious student awards have given the world 12 Oscar winners and 64 nominations. Some of the names that started their rise from the student Oscars are: Pete Doctor, Robert Zemeckis, Patricia Riggen, Cary Fukunaga, Patricia Cardoso and Spike Lee.
Teodora-Kosara Popova's film was shot in one day, but the story in "Tanda" impresses and manages to fight off competition from 1100 films.
This nomination is not accidental, as Teodora-Kosara Popova is an actively working director who has 6 short films under her belt, and is currently working on two new films. Her talent has also been noticed by established names in our country, such as Yasen Grigorov (Director of "Lily the Fish"), with whom they are currently directing the documentary film based on the idea of Mikhail Vuchkov - "Bulgaria in Trance".
Stills from the film: Rebecca Naydenova
Black and white photo: Ivan Hristov
Photos from the field: Teodora Tsanova