Kristina Grozeva

Kristina Grozeva

Bulgaria

Routine is the greatest enemy of any creative process. It is essential to... preserve that grain of truth that has given birth to the desire to tell it.

Kristina Grozeva was born in 1976 in Sofia. She graduated from Sofia University and started work as a TV journalist. In 2005 she completed the speciality of film and TV directing at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Georgi Dyulgerov. Her short films have won several awards at international student film festivals. She won the "Jameson" award for best Bulgarian short film for FAMILY THERAPY at Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF), 2008. Since then, she has been working in tandem with her husband, film director Peter Valchanov: PARABLE OF LIFE – documentary (2009), EMERGENCY LANDING(2010 ), JUMP (2012). THE LESSON (2014) is their debut feature film, of which Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov are script writers and producers. The world premiere of the film was held at the Toronto Film Festival within the Contemporary World Cinema program. The awards won by the film at the festivals in San Sebastian, Warsaw, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, Angers and Gothenburg turned it into the most awarded film of the new Bulgarian cinema. GLORY(2016) co-director Petar Valchanov is awarded Special Mention of the International film societies at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.