PRODUCTION: Vitkova Preps Second Feature Film


SOFIA: Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova is writing the second draft of her sophomore feature, Afrika, through her production company Viktoria Films.

Vitkova, who most recently pitched the film at Transilvania Pitch Stop, described the concept of the film as “three moments of loss in the life of a family.” The first character is Raya, a young woman who literally lives with an elephant in her home, there to help her overcome the sadness of the loss of a man she loved. Raya’s father claims Bulgaria was the site of the Garden of Eden, and dreams of his dead wife as a young Eve. Raya’s nephews must face the New Year’s Eve announcement of their parents’ divorce.

Vitkova said the original budget was 1.6 m EUR, but because “it’s really impossible to find such money,” it was pared back to 1.12 m EUR.

Vitkova’s debut film Viktoria was the first ever Bulgarian film to be screened at Sundance, where it had its premiere. She was a 2014 European Film Promotion Producer on the Move and a 2017 EAVE participant.

Production Information:

Viktoria Films
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Director: Maya Vitkova
DoP: Krum Rodriguez
Production Designer: Rin Yamamura