Produced by Activist38:

2017 – “Margarit and the Monster” – 9 minutes animation, dir. by Nayden Nikolov, supported by the National Film Centre, Bulgaria 

2016    “The Beast is still alive” – 90 min documentary, dir. by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova

2014    “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” – 86 min documentary, dir. by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova

2013    “Because of Mum” – 12 min animation, dir. by Antoaneta Chetrafilova

2010    “Where is your head” - 7 min short fiction, dir. By Nenko Genov

2008   “Just so Darwin” - three episodes from the animated series for BBC 2 with Glasshead limited, London

2008    “Because of her” – 58 min documentary, dir. by Bilyana and Vesela Kazakova

In Production:  


     •     “Cat in the wall” – feature fiction film, dir. by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, co-production with Glasshead Limited UK, Ici et Là Productions (FR) - Christophe Bruncher, Bulgarian National Television

     •      “Sisters” – feature fiction film, dir. by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre 



     •     2017 “Cat in the wall” (in post-production)


POST PITCH AWARD by Post Republic – Connecting Cottbus

     •     2015, 2016, 2017 “The Beast is still alive”

IDFA FORUM AWARD 2015 at East Doc Platform Pitch, Prague

BEST DOCUMENTARY of the month at Calcutta Cult Film Festival 2017

BEST DOCUMENTARY at Aegean Docs 2017

BEST ANIMATION  Gold Award and BEST DIRECTOR - Bronze Award at the European Independent Film Awards 2018

BEST DOCUMENTARY at European Cinematography Awards 2018

GOLDEN PALM AWARD at Mexico International Film Festival 2018 

     •     2014, 2015 “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service”

Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival

Royal Reel Award from Canada International Film Festival

Bronze Palm from Mexico International Film Festival

Women D/P Finalist Documentary at Florida Movie Festival

Award of Merit: Documentary Feature from the Accolade Global Film Competition;

First place in "Art" category at the International Heritage Film Festival "Idols";

Honorable Mention at Trindie Fest Film Festival, Colorado, United States;

Best Feature Documentary at 8th Bushwick Film Festival, New York;

Best Documentary at Phoenix Film Festival, Melbourne;

Country Best Award from International Open Film Festival;

Best Feature Film at Arquivo em Cartaz – Rio de Janeiro;

3 nominations at the Bulgarian Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Sound

     •     2013, 2014, 2015 “Because of Mum”

Special Jury Mention for good artistic solution at the 6th International Television Festival “Dytiatko”, Ukraine;

Best Film: Europe 3rd place - Anim!Arte Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;

Special mention -Valle d'Itria Film Festival, Puglia, Italy;

Best Short Film and Best Animation at Phoenix Comicon festival, USA;

Best Debut and Best Director for Antoaneta Chetrafilova at the Bulgarian Academy Awards 2013;

Special mention - Athens Animfest 2015

     •     2012, 2013 “Pancho and Alice”

Best project Award at Sofia Meetings;

MFI’12 - scholarship

EAVE’13 – scholarship

     •     2010, 2011 “Where is your head”

Honourable Mention of the Jury at the 17th International Festival of Local Televisions „Golden Beggar“, Košice, Slovakia;

Audience Award - 60 Seconds Short Film Festival in Copenhagen

Activist38 is known for producing social political and current affair documentaries which were subjected to censorship but also films with mixed genre and animation. Recently the directors/producers started making fiction films.  

Producer Mina Mileva comes with a very strong experience in the British animation industry, while Vesela Kazakova is a recognized European actress with awards from Berlinale IFF, Moscow IFF and many other festivals. The company was established after their teamwork on the documentary “Because of Her” in 2008.

A fraction of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (former Communists) condemned their latest doc „The Beast is still alive” and called Mina and Vesela The Demonic Duo. Premiered in Sarajevo, and official IDFA selection, this film is rumoured to have closed down the documentary strand of the Bulgarian National Television in May 2017. Their first Internationally acclaimed documentary „Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” nearly saw the authors jailed.

The company is frequent recipient of Creative Europe MEDIA funding, member of the EDN (European Documentary Network) and EAVE graduate (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) the educational producers network.

The duo is strongly present internationally.


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