• Artwork by Rositsa Raleva
  • Artwork by Asparuh Petrov
  • Artwork by Dmitry Yagodin
  • Artwork by Moritz Mayerhofer
  • Artwork by Veljko Popovic

When did you last talk with your father? Will you ever ask him about those things that hurt you?

The short animated-documentary film Father features five parallel realities in which the impossible dialogue between a child and a father would take place. The film is based on the authentic experiences of several young people – interviewed by Diana Ivanova – and then put together in an animated documentary story by five unique animation directors.

Father is a great example of a successful international collaboration: It is a Bulgarian, Croatian, German co-production; the screenplay advisor was famous British filmmaker Phil Mulloy; in charge of the overall direction and supervision was Bulgarian director Ivan Bogdanov, who worked with five directors from across Europe to create five stories: Moritz Mayerhofer from Germany, Asparuh Petrov and Rositsa Raleva from Bulgaria, Dmitry Yagodin from Russia, and Veljko Popović from Croatia.

Produced by Maria Stanisheva for Compote Collective [16’30”] 2012

Selected in over 100 festivals, awarded 28 times:

Special Jury Mention – Croatian Animated Film Festival 2012
Best Animated Film Award 
– Days of Croatian Film 2012
Grand Prix 
– Golden Kuker 2012
Best Animated Film in National Competition
– In the Palace 2012
Special Mention Balkan Competition 
– Anibar 2012
Bulgarian Filmmakers’ Union Award 
– Varna World Festival of Animated Film 2012
Best Short Film Award
 – Anim’est 2012
Best Director Award 
– Goldfish Children’s Animation Festival 2012
2nd Prize
 – Expotoons International Animation Festival 2012
Audience Award 
– Banja Luka Animated Film Festival 2012
Golden Dove for Animated Film 
– DOK Leipzig 2012
1st Prize 
– Animax Skopje Fest 2012
Best Animated Film 
– Golden Rhyton 2012
Best Animated Film 
– 0110 International Digital Film Festival 2013
Best Animation Award 
– Byron Bay International Film Festival 2013
CIFEJ Prize for the best film for children 
– Tehran International Animation Festival 2013
3rd Prize 
– Athens Animfest 2013
Best Animated Film
 – European Film Festival Lille 2013
Audience Award 
– Be There! Corfu Animation Festival 2013
Special Mention 
– Gulf Film Festival 2013
Best Animated Short Film 
– Anifilm 2013
Best Short Film Award in Masterclass Competition
 – Giffoni International Film Festival 2013
Best Animated Film
 – Tashkent International Film Forum 2013
1st Prize for Animated Documentary Film
 – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2013
Grand Prix 
– Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival 2013
Best Animated Film 
– Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2013

German Short Film Award Nomination (aka German Oscar) 2013

Aired on ARTE/ZDF (France/German TV), HTV3 and Klaisk TV (Croatia).
FATHER is now on Vimeo (full film!):

Premiered online on Short of the Week and selected a Vimeo Staff Pick in Nov 2014 with over 100,000 views.

Full info and latest news at www.father-film.com

VOD at IndieFlixRoku and Xbox.

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