Screen Directing

Established: 2020

Educational Degree: Master of Arts

Duration: 1 year (2 semesters)

Form of Education: Full-time


Program Director:

Prof. Dr. Svetoslav Ovtcharov






Key Academic Team:

Prof. Dr. Svetoslav Ovtcharov (Individual Director’s Project), Prof. Simon Jon Andreasen (DDF, Copenhagen, Denmark – Directing of Multiplatform Projects), Prof. Francisco Menendez (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA – Production Models in Virtual and Augmented Reality), Assoc. Prof. Alessandro Nani (BFM, Tallinn, Estonia – Transmedia Communications), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Donev (Sociological Film Analysis), Nelly Dimitrova (Screenwriting Film Analysis)



This programme is oriented towards students who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of directing for film, TV and the internet industries and to improve their competences in elaborating projects for seeking funding from Bulgarian and international financing institutions. It is a mandatory prerequisite that students have knowledge of English at least at level B2, as 50% of classes are conducted by lecturers from Denmark, Estonia, Israel, USA and others.

Besides NATFA graduates, the programme is also open to students who have graduated other higher educational institutions in Bulgaria and abroad. In this case, they have to follow up an enriched curriculum, consisting of additional electives and activities that provide specialized knowledge in the field.

The obligatory modules focus on dramaturgical analysis, sociological analysis, transmedia communication, multiplatform projects directing, virtual/augmented reality production models, non-formal educational approaches; etc.



Education is only full time, lasting one year (2 semesters). During the first semester students work on building the structure of their own stories and shoot a demo episode, with a maximum length of 7 min. During the second semester students prepare a package of documents (in Bulgarian and in English) for applying to national and international financing institution: screenplay, characteristic of the main characters, synopsis, annotation, director`s statement, characters` bios, photos and videos of locations and casting, demo episode, detailed budget, producer’s strategy for securing project`s financing, financing plan, plan for dissemination of the project.



Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree Master of Arts, with professional qualification “Manager of Screen Directing”. The graduated students may find jobs in all state and private film, TV or new media institutions, fully or partially having the purpose of creation of any type of screen products.



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.

The portfolio obligatory includes a detailed creative CV of the candidate.


Oral Exam

The Selection Committee interviews the applicants about the materials, included in their 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.