Maya Vitkova-Kosev is a writer-director and producer born in Sofia. In 2008 she executive produced Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays, which premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight and was nominated for the Camera d’Or. Eastern Plays was among the 3 finalists for the LUX Prize, in the official EFA selection, and Bulgaria's foreign film Oscar nomination.
Vitkova-Kosev’s debut film Viktoria was the first Bulgarian feature in competition at Sundance and Rotterdam. The film had more than 70 international selections and 10 awards. Viktoria was screened at Karlovy Vary, Busan, Göteborg, Munich, Galway, Chicago, Seattle and BFI London among others, and made it to number 4 of the best films of 2016 according to The New Yorker, whilst Vitkova-Kosev was pointed one of the five best directors in the world by the magazine.
Maya Vitkova-Kosev is currently financing her second feature film Afrika, a co- production with Romania, France and Sweden, selected for the XII ScripTeast (it won “The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award 2018 for the Best Eastern European Script” in Cannes) and the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The project was presented at the Holland Film Meetings, Transilvania Pitch Stop, the CineLink Co-Production Market and the Matchbox Coproduction Lounge. The development of Afrika is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center and Creative Europe.
After two years at home, translating The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, 40-year-old introvert Matthea, takes on a trip to Brazil. The first distant journey in her life turns into a revelation on the ambivalence of this world, where good and evil, ugly and beautiful, myth and reality collide, to create true life.