In 2019 the Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation celebrated its 10th year anniversary with challenge to young filmmakers!


Phillip Roth

UFO Film and TV Studios (USA)

Producer, writer, director

Phill Roth has produced, written and directed over 100 feature films including APEX one of the most successful theatrically released micro budgeted Science Fiction in 1993. His films have beendistributed by Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Columbia-Tri-Star.. He was one of the earliest innovators in digital special effects technology, setting up his own in-house facility in 1989, becoming one of the first filmmakers to use PC platforms in the execution of feature film digital special effects. His technology was eventually adapted by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment to execute the digital effects production on Titanic. Roth has built one the largest independent studios and back lots in Bulgaria, UFO Film and Television Studios.

Thomas P. Vitale


Producer, writer

Thomas P. Vitale has been Executive Vice President of Programming &Original Movies for Syfy and Universal Television for many years. Tom is one of the prolific executives in broadcasting, shepherding over 1000 television movies and many series during his twenty-year career at Universal. Presently Tom P Vitale is executive producing a new TV series, PANDORA for The CW Television Network (CBS and Warner Bros) to be shot in Bulgaria.

Jeffery Beach

UFO Film and TV Studios (USA)

Producer, writer

Jeffery Beach has over thirty years experience in international sales, production and film marketing, Beach was Vice President of International Sales for Sunset Films. Later he established Royal Oaks as one of the premiere independent production and distribution companies that morphed into Franchise films, the first "A" list independent production company and licensor. Jeffery Beach became a partner in UFO Films and TV Studios in 1997 and has to date produced over 100 features for all major studios - Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Columbia-Tri-Star amongst others.

Don Michael Paul


Director, writer

Don Michael Pauls freshman script was, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man.Then a 4-picture deal with MGM for Public Enemies and the adaptation of the award-winning depression era novel, Night of The Hunter. Don went on adapt bestselling author John Gilstrap's Nathan's Run for Joel Silver. He has written for Barry Josephson, Jordan Kerner, Stephen J. Cannell, Aaron Spelling, and been commissioned to do TV pilots for ABC, CBS, FOX and UPN. Over the last 11 years, Don Michael Paul has become one of Universal's 1440 Divisions most successful and prolific directors with some of their highest rated movies with their Netflix premiers.

Dessy Tenekedjieva

NOVA Film (BG)

Actress, producer, director

Dessy was only fourteen years old when she made her film debut. Since then she has more than 35 movies, including biginternational productions. She is the first BG actress to represent her country at the most prestigious world film fest in Cannes , with a lead role in a movie from the official selection - The Proffesion of Arms. One of her latest films is Saving My Pig with Gerard Depardieu. Since 2000 her production company NOVA Film has completed and produced over 90 art projects for the BG and international market - Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Theatre,TV Shows, Commercials, Music Videos&Albums.. Dessy is a director and writer of some of them. She is the Founder and Chairman of the Stoyan Kambarev Art Foundation. Since 2016 she is based in London, when she has established a new production company MOON FOX.

Mark Summers

MS Casting Directors & Management (UK)

Casting director

Mark Summers is a multi-award winning international Casting Director. His productions have won honours including BAFTA, EMMY, The Lions, MTV, D&AD, The British Arrows, BTAA, Tribeca, Brits and the MOBOs. Mark specialises in a broad range of content film, commercials, TV, fashion, street casting, dance, fashion, voice-over, music videos, documentary, branded content and much more. He also represents some of the world's leading Choreographers, Actors and Dancers. In 2010, Mark Summers was also made an Honoured Friend of LIPA as presented by Sir Paul McCartney. His agency is with over 20 years experience in the industry and now is considered to be one of the leading Casting and Management companies in the world.

Stanislav Semerdjiev

Rector of NATFA (BG)

Writer, producer

Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev is CILECT Executive Director since 2011 (Vice President 2002- 2010). He founded the first undergraduate, graduate and doctoral Screenwriting Programs at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria (1991). He created the first Bulgarian long-running TV serial Hotel Bulgaria (2004). His hybrid film The Hamlet Adventure (2008) as well as his feature Time Is Ours (2018) have been widely acclaimed and awarded. He has been script-editor, screenwriter and/or producer for a number of European projects. President of the Bulgarian Association of Film, TV and Radio Scriptwriters (BAFTRS, 2006-), Board Member of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE, 2007-2015), Rector of NATFA (2003-2011, 2015-).

Valeria Stoykova

MatchPoint Production (BG)


Valeria Stefanova-Stoykova has graduated the Bulgarian National Film Academy and specialized in New York Film Academy. She started her career as a filmmaker in 2004 as executive producer in a US production company based in Bulgaria UFO Film and Television Studios. Valeria has produced over 30 feature films for the Bulgarian and international market (20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal, Warner and Columbia Tristar) before turning her career to the advertising business in 2009. Since then she has been producing over 300 commercial videos for international corporate clients such s Lidl, Actavis, Heineken, OMV, Raiffeisen Bank, Sony.. In 2014 she founded MatchPoint Production, established as one of the leading production companies in the contemporary Bulgarian market.

Ivan Tonev


Producer, cinematographer

He graduated cinematography and directing from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. In 1999 he created his production company ARS Digital Studio. Chairman of the Association of BG Cinematographers, Vice President of the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) (2008-2015). He is a member of the National Cinema Council and takes part in the realization of over 15 feature, 37 documentary and 45 TV films. His most recent projects are The Woman of My Life BANA, BARTER, The Interpreter of Black & White Films, Citizen-Cinema, Twinning which participated in many festivals such as Moscow, Venice, Bucharest, Cyprus.. Ivan is a multi award- winning cinematographer. He is a member of the jury of the IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography.

" "