Key Teaching Staff

Lyudmil Staykov

School: National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA)
Field of Teaching: Film & TV Directing
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Major Achievements: Professor Lyudmil Staykov is Film, TV & Theatre Director. Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Founder of the First World Film Festival in Bulgaria (1987) at the National Palace of Culture. First President of the Association of Bulgarian Film Art Professors “Akademika’21”.

Best known for his historical films “681: The Glory oh Khan” (1981) and “Time of Violence” (1988) – both of them released in more than 50 countries.

Awards: Golden Medal from the Moscow international film festival for "Love" (1972); Special Awards from the film festivals in Karlovy Vary and Kioto for "Illusion" (1980), Golden Rose for "Khan Asparuh" (1982); official participation at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Director Award from the Montecatini Film Festival for “Time of Violence”; four Annual Awards for the Best Bulgarian Director; three Annual Film Awards of Sofia Municipality; the Special Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Sofia Film Fest (2007); the Order of the French Academic Palms and many others.

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