Ivaylo Hristov was born in 1955 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He majored in Acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, graduating in 1980.
He has played more than 50 roles in theatre, and more than twenty in feature films. He has directed 35 different plays and is the winner of numerous awards.
Hristov is currently a professor of acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. He is an author of the book "The Actor in Cinema".
He is one of the founders of the prestigious Bulgarian Theatre Awards, Askeer.


2003 EMIGRANTS (Emigranti) - co-directed with Ludmil Todorov
Official selections: Bulgarian National Film Festival (won Golden Rose for Best Film);
Sofia international Film Festival (won Best Bulgarian Film, FIPRESCI Prize, Best Bulgarian Film of Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers); Sarajevo international Film Festival; Cottbus/Germany; Thessaloniki/Greece.

2006 MY FRIENDS CALL ME UNCLE (Priatelite Me Narichat Chicho) scriptwriter and director
Official selections: Bulgarian National Film Festival (won City of Varna Award); International Festival Prix Europa/Berlin.

2010 FOOTSTEPS IN THE SAND (Stapki V Piasaka) scriptwriter and director
Official selections: Moscow International Film Festival; Tirana International Film Festival;
GoEast International Film Festival; Love is Folly International Film Festival (won Special Jury Prize); Golden Rose Bulgarian National Festival (won Audience Award); Sofia Film Fest (won Best Balkan Film).

2015 LOSERS (Karatsi) scriptwriter and director

Drama | Bulgaria | 2020 | B&W | Bulgarian & English with English subtitles

Cast: Svetlana Yancheva, Michael Fleming, Ivan Savov, Stoyan Bochev, Krassimir Dokov, Miroslava Gogovska

Produced by PRO FILM with support of the Bulgarian National Film Center
Producer: Assen Vladimirov

Director of Photography: Emil Christov

Composer: Kiril Donchev



FEAR   Directed by Ivaylo Hristov

​​Strong-willed Svetla lives alone in a small Bulgarian village close to the border. One day, while hunting in a forest, she encounters an African refugee who brings about a dramatic turn in her life and a revolt among the villagers. Svetla will make life-changing choices that go against her traditional community, breaking barriers of loneliness, close-mindedness and fear of the outsider.


WINNER Best Film - Golden Rose Film Festival
WINNER Best Actress - Golden Rose Film Festival

WINNER Grand Prize Best Film - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 

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