Kristina Grozeva

Video interview with Kristina Grozeva

Kristina Grozeva was born on 01.26.1976 in Sofia. She graduated from Sofia University and started work as a TV journalist. In 2005 she completed the speciality of film and TV directing at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Georgi Dyulgerov. Her short films have won several awards at international student film festivals. She is holder of the "Jameson" award for best Bulgarian short film for Family therapy at Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF), 2008. As from that short film to this very day she has been working in tandem with her husband, film director Peter Valchanov: "Parable of life" – documentary (2009), Emergency landing (2010 ), Jump (2012).

The Lesson (2014) is their debut feature film, of which Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov are script writers and producers. The world premiere of the film was held at the Toronto Film Festival within the Contemporary World Cinema program. The awards won by the film at the festivals in San Sebastian, Warsaw, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, Angers and Gothenburg turned it into the most awarded film of the new Bulgarian cinema.

Glory (2016) co-director Petar Valchanov is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.


Feature films:

Birds of heaven (2008) – co-director Petar Valchanov

Forced landing (2010) – co-director Petar Valchanov

  • Award for TV film at the Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival

Jump - short (2012) – co-director Petar Valchanov

  • Nominated for the European Film Award at the International Short Film Festival Clermont - Ferrand, 2013

  • Grand Prix of the 15th International Short Film Festival in Brussels;

  • Award for Best Film at the International Short Film Festival in Busan,

  • Award for Best Short Film of the Bulgarian Film Academy

The Lesson (2014) – co-director Petar Valchanov

  • Award for debut – Gothenburg, 2015

  • Award for Best Film direction - San Sebastian, 2014

  • Viewer’s Choice Award - SIFF, 2015

  • Award for Best Bulgarian Film - SIFF, 2015

  • Sofia City Award , 2015

  • Best Screenplay Award - Thessaloniki, 2014

  • Award "Bronze Alexander" - Thessaloniki, 2014

  • Special Jury Prize - Tokyo, 2014

  • Award for Best Film Director - Cluj-Napoca , 2015

  • Best Actress Award - Cluj-Napoca, 2015

  • Best Film Award - Warsaw, 2014

Glory (2016) co-director Petar Valchanov

Locarno International Film Festival ,2016

  • Special Mention of the International film societies
    Avvantura Film Festival Zadar - Croatia, 2016

  • The Grand Prix and The Award for Best Actor for Stefan Denolyubov

34th Bulgarian Feature Film Festival Golden Rose, 2016

  • Special Award of the City of Varna

  • Award for Best Screenplay

  • Award for C inematography

  • Award of the Union of Bulgarian Film Makers

  • Award of the Accredited Journalists

  • Award for Best Feature Film , Award for Best Script , and the FIPRESCI Award - 54th Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 2016

  • Best Film Award in the Competition program Innovation In Moving Images - 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2016

  • Grand Prix du Jury "Golden Atlas" - Arras Film Festival 2016, France

  • Best Narrative Feature Award - 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

  • Best Film Award - Kinenova Independent International Film Festival In 2016 - Skopje, Macedonia

21st Sofia International Film Festival

  • Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film

  • The Award of the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics for film from the Balkan Competition

  • Special Mention of the Jury - Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania

  • Blue Angel for Best Film Award - Art Film Fest Kosice 2017, Slovakia

  • Award for Best International Feature Film - 71 Edinburgh International Film Festival

  • The 2017 LUX Prize Official Selection

  • Grand Prix – 8 Festival of European And Mediterranean Film, Slovenia

  • Best Feature Film Award and Media Award – 15the Tirana International Film Festival – Albania 2017