Anna Petkova

Anna Petkova was born in 1944. She was among the first graduates in Film and TV Directing at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Professor Hristo Hristov. She later lectured at the Academy. She has worked as film director at Ekran TV Film Studio (1978-1992).

Anna Petkova has worked freelance since 1992. She hosted Bulgarian National TV’s series Golden Years for which she made over 40 documentaries. Her feature film debut How Long I Waited for You earned her national and international awards but she then turned her attention entirely to documentary filmmaking with socially conscious films that made their mark at national and international festivals. Her film about the communist camps Charge from the dilogy The Sentence (Guilt and Charge) was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.



Feature film:

How Long I Waited for You (1984)

  • Golden Rose - Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, Varna 1984:

  • Best Actress Award to Katya Todorova - Union of Bulgarian Writers

  • Screenplay Award ; Union of Bulgarian Composers

  • Music Award Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers

  • Debut Award and Best Actor Award to Georgi Kaloyanchev

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini Special Prize at the International Festival of Neorealist Films, Rome, 1985


Selected Filmography

The Breakthrough (1979)

  • Best Debut Film Award at the Southern Spring Young Authors’ Debut Film Festival

Tally Clerk Women (1981)

Our Children (1985)

Valuation (1987)

  • Golden Rhyton Award at the National Documentary and Animated Film Festival, Plovdiv

  • Honorary Diploma - International Film Festival Leipzig, 1988

The Sentence (1999) (Part one: Guilt, part two: Charge)

Charge (2000)

  • Special Jury Prize at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary;

  • Golden Chest Grand Prix, 2000, the Golden Chest International TV Festival, Plovdiv, 2000

Selected for the contest programmes of more than fifteen international film festivals, among them Valladolid, Milan, Amsterdam, Prague, Toronto.

Ivan Georgiev – Rembrandt (2010)

  • Critics Award at the Golden Rhyton Documentary and Animated Film Festival, Plovdiv, 2010

Annual Film Awards of the Bulgarian Film Academy, 2011:

  • Best Director

  • Best Camera Work

Aggression (2015)

  • Best documentary film - Award of the Bulgarian Film Academy 2016

  • Best director of a documentary - Award of the Bulgarian Film Academy 2016