SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Christo Bakalov, BAC, PhD

Cinematographer, Producer

I am here to teach students about the Art and Craft of Filmmaking.

I am more than happy to share my international experience as a Cinematographer with the future generation filmmakers, currently studying at SVA.

PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Cinematography, California University, USA.             

Masters in Cinematography – Graduate of the National Theatre and Film Academy – Sofia, Bulgaria.


2018 – “5 Weddings”, FF, USA, INDIA.

2017 – “Dream House”, FF , USA

2017 – “Snails,” FF, Bulgaria.

2016 – “Holiday Makers”, FF. Bulgaria.

2014 – “When Calls The Heart”, FF, USA.

2014 – “On Golden Years”, FF, USA, INDIA.

2013 – “House of Dust”, FF, USA.

2013 – “Gollu aur Pappu”, FF, INDIA

2012 – Brilliant Mistakes”, FF, USA.

2011 – “ The Shunning”, FF, USA

2005-2008 “BusinessWeek TV”, national weekly TV show, ABC, USA.

2008 – “Colors Of Passion”, FF, INDIA.

2007 – “Americanizing Shelley”, FF, USA.

2006  – “Whirligirl”, FF, USA.


2017     FILM CRITC’S AWARD, “Snails”, BNFFF, Golden Rose, Varna,’17.

2016     AUDIENCE AWARD, “Holiday Makers”, BNFFF, Golden Rose, Varna,’16.


   “Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography”, CTFF 2008, USA.

2003     BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD by the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers           .

2002     BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD – “Golden Eye”, Popovo ’02 –

GRAND PRIX for The Best National Cinematographer – 2001 – 02.

2001     BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD, “The Devil’s Tail” at the

XXVI International Film  Festival “Golden Chest”- Plovdiv’ 2001.

1996     GRAND PRIX -“Golden Rose”, “Impossible Image” BNFFF, Varna’96.

1990     GRAND PRIX – the “Golden Rose”, FF “Silence” at the BNFFF, Sofia ‘90.

1990     Special Prix of the Jury at the IX IFF – Annoney ’92 – France.

1990     SPECIAL Prix of the Jury, “Exitus”  at  the  XXI BNFFF – Sofia ’90.

1987     FIRST Prize for the Best Sport Film, 1983-87 for “School of Champions”.

1986     GRAND PRIX for a Debut in Cinema – Haskovo ’86 “Cat Tale” (film debut).

Film Production Workshop II

Cinematography II