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Maya Vitkova-Kosev

Maya Vitkova-Kosev

Bulgaria

Scriptwriter, Film Director, Production

TFL

Script&Pitch Participant 2005

biography

Maya Vitkova-Kosev was born in Sofia. She graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 2001. She worked as an assistant director, casting director and executive producer for over twenty national and international productions, such as the BBC’s Eastern Delight by Michael Palin (member of the legendary Monty Python comedy group), before becoming an independent filmmaker.

In 2008 she executive produced Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays, which premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight and was nominated for the Camera d’Or. Eastern Plays was among the 3 finalists for the LUX Prize, in the official EFA selection, and Bulgaria's foreign film Oscar nomination.

Vitkova-Kosev completed the Olswang Business of Film Producer’s Workshop, a cooperation between the Olswang Business Law Firm and the National Film and Television School, London, in 2009.

The same year she founded Viktoria Films, directing and producing two short films – Stanka Goes Home (2010), which premiered at the Cannes Critic’s Week as an European Short Pitch special screening and My Tired Father (2011), which premiered in competition at the Oscar qualifying CFC Worldwide SFF, Toronto. Both shorts, written by the 2015 Silver Bear winner Radu Jude, were selected for more than 130 international film festivals. They won awards at Sarajevo, Huesca and Athens, among others, and were distributed by the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V., sold to the Eurochannel and the Turner Broadcast.

Viktoria Films acted as a production service company for projects such as the SKY One’s Ross Kemp on Gangs, the National Geographic’s The Ancient X-Files and most recently to Sony Music’s classically remastered Ultravox return project. The main occupation of the company however remained the development of Maya’s films.

Her debut feature film project Viktoria was selected for the TFL Script&Pitch Programme, the Balkan Fund, the Berlinale Talent Project Market, the NIPKOW Programm, the EKRAN Programme of Andrzej Wajda's Master School of Film Directing, the Phare Workshop and others. Viktoria was presented at the work-in-progress section of the CineLink Co-production Market in Sarajevo a month after shooting. The film was co-produced by the Romanian production company Mandragora of Anca Puiu and Cristi Puiu. Viktoria was financially supported by the MEDIA Programme, Vienna Film Fund and the Bulgarian National Film Center.

Viktoria was the first Bulgarian feature in competition at the Sundance Film Festival (nominated for the Grand Jury Prize) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (nominated for the Hivos Tiger Award) among others, opening door to Bulgarian films worldwide in 2014. Viktoria was screened at Karlovy Vary, Busan, Göteborg, Munich, Galway, Chicago, Seattle, BFI London and many more.

Maya Vitkova-Kosev was chosen an European Film Promotion’s “Producer on the Move” in Cannes (2014). She is currently in preparation for her short film Lyubima (a wide international co-production – Bulgaria-France-Sweden-Romania-Serbia) and in development of her second feature film Afrika, presented at the Holland Film Meetings, Transilvania Pitch Stop and the CineLink Co-Production Market, and selected for the XII ScripTeast and the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Maya Vitkova-Kosev is an EAVE 2017 producer.

company profile

Viktoria Films is a boutique production company, currently in development of Maya's second feature film Afrika, in co-production with Ici et Là Productions, France; Doppelganger, Sweden; Mandragora, Romania (development support by the Bulgarian National Film Center) and in preparation for the short film Lyubima (currently supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Swedish Film Institute).

All the films produced by the company have 35mm prints.