Mina Mileva graduated in animation film directing at “LA CAMBRE” Brussels and Sofia’s Film Academy. Later on, she worked at the British animation industry for more than a decade.
Vesela Kazakova graduated both acting and producing in Sofia.
Her main roles in cinema are iconic and she’s very popular and loved in Bulgaria. Mileva& Kazakova have spent a few activist years in their documentary period. Their films provoked huge debates and brought audiences to the screenings. They took part in political programmes and pushed for lustration for former Communist secret Service agents in Bulgaria.
This heavy documentary experience left a mark on their fiction film-making, which is soaked with authenticity and working for a cause,
also visually striking. “Women do Cry” (recipient of WEMW 2020 BEST PROJECT AWARD) was described as a feminist rallying cry and a powerful indictment of the patriarchy. It premiered at Cannes’ official selection in 2021. “Cat in the wall” offering an unnerving window into Brexit Britain premiered at Locarno film festival in 2019. Both films were a part of SXSW Global section and the European Films Academy selection.
The Bulgarian company Activist 38 is ever more visible internationally.
It featured on Screen International’s showcase Euro 75 (made for Cannes 75th anniversary) dedicated to Europe’s lead independent producers. It is known for subversive and scandalous documentaries that gave Mileva and Kazakova the nickname “Demonic Duo”.
The early years were hard but created a name for Activist 38 as extremely agile, adaptable, a survivor.
The films have important selections at Cannes, Locarno, AFI, IDFA,
Goteborg, SXSW, Sarajevo and other big festivals and strong critical acclaim. Their latest fiction films CAT IN THE WALL (2019) and WOMEN DO CRY (2021) were in the EFA feature film selection.
The company has a wide range of coproductions which received
regular European support of Creative Europe Media, Eurimages,
Arte, Ile de France. It is a proud member of EAVE and other peer