For the first time since its founding in 1972, a Bulgarian director was nominated in the “Foreign Documentary” category of “The Student Academy Award” or as they are also called the Student Oscars.
The nomination for the prestigious award is for the film Tanda, and the director of the film is Teodora-Kosara Popova, 4th year majoring in “Film and Television Directing” at NATFA.
The film, which impressed the prestigious competition, tells four different stories of four participants in a milonga. Tanda competes in this category with documentaries from the United Kingdom and Norway.
Organized by the American Film Academy, the student Oscars are an established springboard to the Oscar statuette dreamed of by everyone in the film business. Since its founding, the prestigious student awards of the Academy have given the world 12 Oscar winners and 64 nominations. Some of the names that began their rise at the Student Oscars are Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Patricia Regen, Cary Fukunaga, Patricia Cardoso and Spike Lee.
Teodora-Kosara Popova’s film was shot in one day, but the story in Tanda impresses and manages to overcome competition from 1,100 films.
This nomination is not accidental, as Teodora-Kosara Popova is an active director who has 6 short films under her belt and is currently working on two new films. Her talent is also noticed by established names in our country, such as Yasen Grigorov, with whom they are currently directing the documentary on the idea of Mikhail Vuchkov – Bulgaria in a Trance.