Mina graduated animated film directing in “LA CAMBRE” Brussels and Sofia’s Film Academy. After directing several internationally recognised animated short films Mina Mileva entered the British animation industry for more than a decade working as animation director, animator and line producer. Her work includes “Christmas Carol the movie”, “Bob the Builder”, Disney’s “Tiger Movie” and “Jungle Book”, BBC and Chanel 4 and BBC BAFTA nominated children’s series.
Later on she set up production company Activist38 together with the multiple award-winning actress Vesela Kazakova and they sparkled controversy in their native Bulgaria by making politically charged documentaries that gained them the nickname “The Demonic Duo”.
Both films enjoyed great international reception and awards but regretfully provoked deterioration in film regulations in Bulgaria. The first film “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service" changed the archival copyrights regulations, and the second one “The Beast is still alive” allegedly closed down the documentary strand of the Bulgarian National Television for naming former Communist agents still active in the country’s current politics.
The tandem is making their first fiction film “Cat in the wall” which deals with East European migrants in London. The project is MEDIA supported and it got ARTE International Relations Cinelink Award in Sarajevo International Film Festival and Coco Post-Pitch award in Cottbus International Film Festival.
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)
Christmas Carol the Movie (animation sequence, 2001)
Un verre ou deux (short animation, 1998)
Monday Again (short animation, 1997)
Contrasts (short animation, 1992)