IVAYLO HRISTOV (Director)

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.


Filmography:

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

Dark Comedy | Bulgaria | 2015 | B&W | 96 min | Bulgarian with English subtitles


Cast: Elena Telbis, Ovanes Torosyan, Deyan Donkov, Georgi Gotsin, Plamen Dimov


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

Script: Ivaylo Hristov                                   
Director of Photography: Emil Christov                                
Composer: Kiril Donchev              

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS


~ San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi Section)
~ Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival - 
WINNER: Golden Rose for Best Film, Bulgarian Critics Award, Best Actress Award, Audience Award
~ Moscow International Film Festival - 
WINNER: Golden St.George for Best Film, Russian Film Club Federation Award, Russian Film Critics Award
~ Love is Folly International Film Festival (Varna, Bulgaria) -
WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize
~ Warszaw International Film Festival (Discoveries Section)
~ CinEast International Film Festival (Luxemburg) -
WINNER: Audience Award
~ Sofia International Film Festival (Balkan Competition) -
WINNER: Bulgarian Film Critics Guild Award
~ Palm Beach International Film Festival (Competition)
~ SEEfest - South East European Film Festival Los Angeles -
WINNER: Special Jury Mention
~ Munich International Film Festival (International Independent Section)
~ Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival (Competition) -
WINNER: Special Mention
~ NYC Independent Film Festival
~ Zlin International Film Festival (Czech Republic) (Panorama Section)
~ Munich International Film Festival (International Independents)
~ Giffoni International Film Festival (Italy) (Competition +18 Section)
~ Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (Korea) (Competition)
~ Youth Film Festival Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
~b Filmfestival Freistadt (Austria)
~ The International Film Festival SCHLINGEL (Germany)


LOSERS   Directed by Ivaylo Hristov


​​An enthralling and humorous coming-of-age tale about four high school friends who believe they are ‘losers’. Their quiet provincial lives are shaken up when a famous rock band arrives in town giving birth to new challenges that will put their friendship to the test.


​Elena, Koko, Patso and Gosho are inseparable high school friends who mockingly call themselves ‘losers’ as a self-deprecating reference to the society at large. Hapless Koko takes care of his grandmother while his parents are vacationing in Greece. He is in love with rebellious Elena. Elena harbors hopes of becoming a singer as an escape from her unfriendly home and does not have eyes for him. Their quiet provincial lives are shaken up when a famous rock band arrives in town. To win Elena’s love, penniless Koko is determined to find a way to get her a ticket to the concert. In spite of all the help he is getting from his loyal friends, things get complicated. The quartet will have to face the challenges of relationships, new love affairs, disappointments, and realizations that come with growing up even for the aimless, rough on the edges ‘losers’.