Vesela Kazakova graduated both acting and producing respectively in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and University of Economics in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her main roles in the cinema brought her prestigious prizes for best female actress in Bulgaria and abroad, Silver George Award in Moscow Film festival in 2005, and Berlinale Shooting Stars Award in 2006 amongst them.
Vesela started producing and directing in 2008 after setting up production company Activist38 with the animation director Mina Mileva. The duo created a strong wave of political activism in their own country with two internationally acclaimed feature documentaries “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service” and “The Beast is still alive”. Both films have been subjected to censorship and to this day “Uncle Tony” is not aired on the Bulgarian National Television, and “The Beast” was immediately removed from TV broadcast by influential political figures.
Recently the controversial tandem with the nick name “the Demonic Duo” started making their first fiction film “Cat in the wall” which deals with East European migrants in London. They are developing another fiction project, which deals with violence against women.
Vesela Kazakova is EAVE 2013 graduate, Emerging Producers’13 in Jihlava, member of the EDN.
Filmography as director:
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)