Zornitsa Sophia: Biography Babylon 2009


Project Title: ESTROGEN

Zornitsa Sophia is Master of Fine Arts with major in painting, alumni of NAFA, Sofia, who later specialized in School of Visual Arts in New York and American University, Washington, DC. She worked as Art Director in advertising agencies like EURO RSCG for 4 years and has over 60 exhibitions and art festivals around the world as conceptual artists, before she switched into filmmaking. She specialized film directing under the supervision of Acad. Lyudmil Staikov in National Academy of Film and Theatre in Sofia. Her graduation film and first film as writer, director and producer MILA FROM MARS (2004) appeared to be "the dreamed beginning of Bulgarian independent feature moviemaking", a debut of almost all of the crew at the average age of 27 years. "The film marks the bow of a director to watch" by Variety, "full of invention and daring" by FIPRESCI site, was called "wild young cinema" at Manheim-Heidelberg IFF. MILA FROM MARS won 15 awards, including 3 Best Film Awards and was the Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards 05. In 2005 Zornitsa Sophia released her first documentary about a heroin addicts commune DEATH AND ALL THE WAY BACK, followed in 2006 by the documentary MODUS VIVENDI - a film about seven "freaks", following their strange ways. FORECAST is Zornitsa Sophia's second feature film, which premiered in Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF, where is was called "Optimistic realism" by the press. It is now touring festivals, with a theatrical premiere in Bulgaria for 17th April.



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