Film and TV Editing

Established: 1990

Educational Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)

Form of Education: Full-time


Program Director:

Assoc. Prof. Rositza Ilieva






Academic Team:

Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev (Character Development, Plot Development, World Culture), Prof. Dr. Docho Bodjakov (Film & TV Directing), Prof. Dr. Svetoslav Ovcharov (Film & TV Directing), Dr. Radoslav Kamburov (Film and TV Directing), Martin Genovski (Film and TV Directing), Maria Averina (Film and TV Directing), Boya Harizanova (Film and TV Directing), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emil Rashev (Film and TV Cinematography), Prof. Dr. Teodor Yanev (Film and TV Cinematography), Prof. Dr. Emilia Stoeva (Film and TV Cinematography, English Language Terminology), Dr. Krassimir Stoichkov (Film and TV Cinematography), Zdravko Ruzhev (Film and TV Cinematography), Hristo Bozadzhiev (Film and TV Cinematography), Petar Nenov (Film and TV Cinematography), Dr. Andrei Rashev (Film and TV Cinematography), Plamen Botovski (Film and TV Cinematography), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valentina Fidanova-Kolarova  (Film and TV Editing), Assoc. Prof. Rossitza Ilieva (Film and TV Editing, Theory of Editing, Music Video, Dance and Music Scenes Editing, TV Commercial Editing, Editing of Multi-camera Dialog), Eng. Dimitar Stoichev (Film and TV Editing, Adobe Creative Cloud), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nina Altaparmakova (Film and TV Editing, Action Editing, Dialog Editing, Mixed Action/Dialog Editing, Editing Transitions and Cuts, Parallel Actions Editing), Andrea-Nikol Kostova (Film and TV Editing), Liuboslav Bonev (Film and TV Editing), Zina Nacheva (Film and TV Editing), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valeria Krachunova-Popova (Film and TV Sound), Assoc. Prof. Pavel Stefanov (Film and TV Sound), Dr. Tsvetelina Tsvetkova (Film and TV Sound), Stefan Makedonski (Film and TV Sound), Desislava Georgieva (Film and TV Sound), Ivailo Natsev (Film and TV Sound), Georgi Penkov (Film and TV Sound), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Trencheva (Film and TV Design), Dr. Boyana Bachvarova (Film and TV Design), Hristo Karaivanov (Film and TV Design), Desislava Bankova (Film and TV Design), Iva Petkova (Film and TV Design), Elena Misheva (Film and TV Design), Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Budinov (Animation), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gospodin Nedelchev (Animation), Dr. Penyu Kiratzov (Animation), Ivailo Seferov (Animation), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Krasimir Andonov (Photography), Assoc. Prof. Iglena Ruseva (Photography), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Nishkov (Photography), Krikor Vanlian (Photography), Mariana Zhizhanova (Photography), Tanya Decheva (Photography), Dimitar Vladimirov (Photography), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ema Konstantinova (Film and TV Producing), Dr. Hristo Bonev (Film and TV Producing), Dr. Asparuh Nikolov(Film and TV Producing), Petar Harizanov (Film and TV Producing), Ivo Nikolov (Film and TV Producing), Prof. Dr. Sc. Maya Dimitrova (Screen Research and Journalism, American Cinema, Western European Cinema), Irina Ivanova (Screen Research and Journalism), Prof. Dr. Sc. Vladimir Ignatovksi (Theory of Entertainment Arts), Prof. Dr. Sc. Bojidar Manov (Aesthetics of Documentary Cinema),  Assoc. Prof. Yuri Dachev (Principles of TV Journalism), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Krasimira Guercheva (Aesthetics of Animation Cinema), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Ivanov (Russian Cinema, Balkan Cinema, Eastern European Cinema), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andronika Martonova (Asian Cinema), Boryana Mateeva (Latin American Cinema), Dr. Krasimir Kastelov (Bulgarian Cinema, Introduction to the History of Cinema), Dr. Yana Dzharova-Karakoleva (TV Reality Formats, History of Television), Prof. Dr. Kalin Gaidarov (Personality Psychology, Children Psychology, Social Psychology), Neli Dimitrova (Character Development, Plot Development), Nikolai Yordanov (Character Development, Plot Development, TV Reality Formats, TV Reality Formats Editing), Alexandra Petkova (Character Development, Plot Development), Prof. Dr. Sc. Miroslav Dachev (Semiotics, World Culture), Prof. Dr. Svetlana Stoicheva-Andersson (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivailo Kostov (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boyka Donevksa (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rumiana Evtimova (World Culture), Prof. Dr. Sc. Kamelia Nikolova (World Culture), Prof. Dr. Milena Bratoeva (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boris Minkov (World Culture), Prof. Dr. Yuri Stoyanov (World Cuture), Prof. Dr. Madlen Danova (World Culture), Prof. Dr. Julian Kuyumdzhiev (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rossen Roussev (World Culture), Prof. Dr. Kalina Stefanova (World Culture), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariyana Lazarova (Copyright and Related Rights in the Audiovisual Field), Eng. Zhivko Ivanov (Visual Effects, 2D Visual Effects, 3D Visual Effects), Eng. Valia Kovacheva (AVID Editing Software), Eng. Tony Todorov (Methods and Standards in Color Correction), Dr. Rossitza Mladenova (TV Studio Programme Directing), Mihail Dervenski (Trailer Editing), Dobri Hristov (TV Reality Formats Editing), Dimitar Andreev (Dance Scene Editing), Emil Minkov (TV Studio Programme Directing), Bogomil Georgiev (TV Commercial Editing), Danail Kolev (TV Reality Formats Editing)



The aim of this educational programme is to develop capacities and skills of students to be able to undertake positions such as editing directors, console directors, visual effects editors and assistant editors for all audiovisual genres. After an interdisciplinary education during the first academic year, priorities focus on editing documentaries and feature films, television commercials and music videos, reality TV formats and studio programs, etc.

The practical modules comprise of editing tasks on different kinds of short films and documentaries, TV adaptations, commercials, music videos, etc. Additionally, the students take classes in editing theory as well as practical work with software such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Maya, Foundry Nuke, etc.

Additionally, there are modules on philosophy, religion, literature, theater, music, art, architecture, psychology, history of cinema, semiotics, theory of performing arts and others.



Education is only full-time, lasting 4 years. Graduates who have completed their credits under the programme curriculum have to pass an oral and written graduation exam in the respective field of study, as well as a final diploma defence on their work as editors of a realized project of a student from the Film and Television Directing programme (not shorter than 20 minutes).



Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree “Bachelor of Arts” with professional qualification “Film and Television Editor”. They have options to work in the creative and production companies in Bulgaria and abroad, in the creation and realisation of feature films, television series and adaptations, documentaries, corporate and educational films, music and commercial videos, online productions, multimedia projects. Graduates could also continue further their education in Master programmes.

During their education, students get acquainted with the world practices and models, as well as with the professional terminology in English language, which allows them to work with/in foreign productions, as well as co-productions in Bulgaria and abroad.



When submitting their application, candidates must also submit a portfolio. It may contain scripts, essays, poems, short stories, plays, novels, paintings, drawings, photographs, films, original music, performances of songs and musical instruments, recordings of musical performances and other artistic materials of the candidate’s choice. Textual materials must be in a pdf format and not exceeding 5 pages. Images must be in jpg format. Audiovisual materials must be in mp-4 format and not exceeding a total duration of 10 minutes. Sound materials must be in mp-3 format and not exceeding a total duration of 10 minutes. The purpose of the portfolio is to show the applicant’s interests, artistic preferences, potential skills and mindset in as many details as possible. All materials must be uploaded in the Google Drive cloud space with a limit up to 3 GB.


Stage I – Practical Exam (anonymous)

Applicants receive a number of audiovisual sequences from different films (same films for all applicants) of up to 30 minutes in total. Out of this material they must edit one homogenous short film (lasting up to 3 minutes) which presents a clear message and has a title. In addition, applicants have at their disposal a set of 6 musical compositions, which they can use for creating the sound of their short film. NATFA provides students in editing, who technically assist the applicants in the editing of the film.

Exam duration: 240 minutes. Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in Stage II.


Stage II – Oral Exam

Applicants’ edited short films admitted to Stage II, are viewed by the Final Selection Committee. The Committee comprises of: NATFA’s Rector, the Dean of the Faculty of Screen Arts and the Program Directors of all the programs in the faculty. Applicants attend the screening of their films and are then invited to analyze the results and answer questions, related to the editing structure they have designed, their sound solution, the choice of title, and other components of the film. The Final Selection Committee also interviews the applicants about the materials, included in their application portfolio. The aim of the interview is to understand the applicants’ potential capabilities, interests, overall cultural knowledge and mindset, ability for independent thinking and artistic reflections.

Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in the final ranking.