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 Activist 38 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, that coproduced it.

Their next two fiction films in co-production with France and UK “Cat in the wall” and “Women do cry” did breakout successes with respective Locarno main competition in 2019 and Cannes official selection in 2021, strong reviews and sales in more than 50 territories.

Vesela Kazakova was part of Producers on the Move, EAVE and Emerging Producers.

Filmography as director:

Women Do Cry (fiction 2021)

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)

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