by Velislava Gospodinova

Animation - Short

Bulgaria, 7 mins, 2017



An artistic impression, driven by the rhythm of the music and the freedom of the dance, creates a magical world, where Love is the leading metaphysical force that overpowers life and death.

Director's Statement

The inspiration came from the Bulgarian folklore traditional music, where there are stories of burning, devastating and tragic love, filled with tenderness and self- renunciation. Then I decided to reveal those strong emotions through the characters of a girl, born from the sun, transforming into the Firebird, symbolizing freedom, fiery passion and beauty, and a man, embedded into a tree - symbol of the ground, the static and restricting power... but still deeply sensitive and fragile. My goal is to take the viewer on a journey driven by the music and the dance, of such kind of dramatic, but beautiful and magical fairytale where the love rules the whole universe and stays eternal even in the death. It is an artistic impression, filled with metaphors for passion, spiritual connection, freedom, pain, tenderness and purity of the shared undying love. In today's time of apathy, cruelness, carelessness and coldness I think that everybody needs a piece of hope, for the existence of such universal power, which has the ability to save their soul and to take them in a different, emotional, fairy world.

Title in Bulgarian: Zhar Ptitsa
Year: 2017
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 7 min.
Language: English
Written and Directed by: Velislava Gospodinova
Animated by: Velislava Gospodinova and Daniel Chalakov
Choreography: Galina Srebreva
Music by: Smallman
Produced by: Velislava Gospodinova
Production: Red Stroke
In association with: Bottleship VFX
Production Support: The Bulgarian National Film Center
Available Territories: World

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FIREBIRD Teaser-Trailer

THE BLOOD - The Film - Velislava's Previous Film

About Velislava Gospodinova

Velislava Gospodinova

Director, Animator

Velislava Gospodinova - born 1986 in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a radiant, cheerful person with dark imaginative mind and crazy twisted dreams. Her graduation film from 2009 The Lighthouse has been screened to more than 120 international film festivals and has been certified with numerous awards. The Blood from 2012, had a successful festival run, very well received, with couple of awards and more than 30 international screenings. For over 10 years now, Velislava also works commercially in the field of visual effects and 2D compositing. She is a freelance art director, compositor, storyboard artist and animator. In 2010 she was selected and participated in Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2014 she founded her own production company in Sofia - Red Stroke Ltd. and realized her last short animation film Firebird in 2017.

Awards for The Blood

Golden Rhyton Bulgarian National Documentary and Animation Film Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Award for Best Debut
In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Balchik, Bulgaria - Nomination for Best Animation

Awards for The Lighthouse

World Festival of Animated Film, Varna 2011 - Award for Best Graduation Film, Special Award from the Union of the Bulgarian Artists
KROK International Animated Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
Animazing! Spotlight Animated Shorts Film Festival - Second prize for Best of Festival
Message to Man International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
ZubrOFFka Film Festival - Best Animated Film (Granted by Platige Image)
Grand OFF Awards 2010 - Nomination for Best Animation
Filmini International Short Film Festival - Audience Award
BALKANIMA - International Animation Film Festival - Diploma ASIFA
Golden Rhyton Bulgarian National Documentary and Animation Film Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Honorary Distinction for Animated Film
KIN International Film Festival - Best Debut
TOFUZI 2010 International Festival of Animated films - Nomination for Best Debut