Svetla Tsotsorkova was born on the 6th of June, 1977 in Bourgas. She has worked as screenwriter, film director, producer and actress. With her very first short feature film Life with Sophia she won the Jameson Award at the Sofia Film Fest in 2004. As actress, she has starred in Omеlette, a film miniature directed by Nadejda Koseva, part of the first Bulgarian film omnibus 15, Hourglass (1999) by Georgi Dyulgerov and Take two (2010) by Nadejda Koseva. Together with Nadejda Koseva the two young filmmakers founded the FRONT Film production company and produced the movie Buffer zone (2014) directed by their tutor, Prof. Georgi Dyulgerov. Svetla Tsotsorkova was executive producer to the documentary The famous stranger (2015) directed by Svetoslav Ovcharov. They continued their work together on her debut feature Thirst, the screenplay for which she wrote together with Ventsislav Vasilev. The film was part of the New Directors programme at the 63rd edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2015. At the 33rd Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival in Varna in 2015, the film received the Feature Debut Award and the Scenography Award.
Execution (2000), director of episode 2
Life with Sophia - short (2004)
Jameson Award at the Sofia Film Fest in 2004
Awards at the festivals in Trieste, Lodz, Beijing, Poitiers
The film has taken part in the film festivals in Cannes (Critics’ week), Karlovy Vary,
Telluride, Cottbus, Regensburg.
My mother - short (2006)
Bicycle - short (2013)
Feature Debut Award and Scenography Award for Veselin Hristov at the Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival in Varna in 2015
Best Bulgarian Feature Film Award at the International Sofia Film Fest 2015
Award of the Bulgarian Film Academy 2016 for debut
Award of the Bulgarian Film Academy 2016 for lead actress to Monika Naydenova
Award of the Bulgarian Film Academy 2016 for film scenography to Georgi Todorov-Zhozi
Nominated by the European Film Academy for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Award – Prix FIPRESCI
The film has taken part in the festivals in Zurich, Haifa, Hamburg and the New Directors programme at the San Sebastian film festival.
- San Sebastian festival programme
- “The audience has lost their trust in the films we make here”
- Thirst awarded best bulgarian feature film
- Interview with Svetla Tsotsorkova - director of Thirst - San Sebastian Film Festival 2015 - New Directors
- International Film Festival Rotterdam - Svetla Tsotsorkova
- LFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Svetla Tsotsorkova – Thirst
- Thirst – San Francisco Film Festival
- Screen Daily – Thirst, review