Lyubo Yonchev



16.02.1983, Pleven, Bulgaria


M.A. in Film and TV Directing, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
B.A. in Acting, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Place of Residence:

Sofia (Bulgaria)

Writes in Languages:

Bulgarian, English


Lyubo Yonchev is award winning director, writer and producer born on 16.02.1983 in Pleven, Bulgaria. He graduated film directing from New Bulgarian University. His professional debut is the short fiction film SHOOTING STAR which has been nominated for the 29th European Film Awards 2016, selected and awarded at many international festivals. In 2013 Lyubo Yonchev becomes a member of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers (UBFM  – Film Academy). Since 2016 he is a member of European Film Academy.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development


short film
developed script

When a mother attempts to kidnap her own son, he is forced to live with the mistakes of his parents.

Attached to the project: director, producer
Looking for: co-producer

Keywords: borders, mother, child, kidnapping, abduction, motherhood, childhood, divorce, separation, parents

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Filmography and Awards

2015 SHOOTING STAR, short film, writer/director – International Short Film Festival in Drama: Prix EFA Drama, Best Female Acting; THESS International Short Film Festival: Cinematic Achievement Award; Tirana International Film Festival: Best Balkan Film; Sose International Film Festival: Best Screenwriter; International Film Festival Jaipur: Best Women Issue Short Film; World Fest Houston International Film Festival: Platinum Remi Award “DEA Open Air”; International Film Festival: DEA award of Media jury; International Film Festival “Hyjnesha në Fron”: Best Short Film; FerFilm Festival: Best Short Film

My five favourite films

  1. All About My Mother (1999)
    by Pedro Almodovar
  2. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    by Robert Benton
  3. A Separation (2011)
    by Asghar Ferhadi
  4. Mommy (2014)
    by Xavier Dolan
  5. The Children of Diyarbakir – Before Your Eyes  (2009)
    by Miraz Bezar

Favourite scene I wrote

SYLVIA and TIMMY look each other in the eyes without saying anything. She gathers courage and finds words to start a conversation with her son.
Timmy, this is enough! What don’t you
like now?
TIMMY looks out the window again.
Timmy, please, don’t turn your back
on me.
This is your specialty.
SYLVIA continues looking at him, trying to go on with the awkward conversation and to raise his mood a little.
Come on, stop being mad at me!
She smiles at him and tries to touch his head but he pushes her hand.
We are family, aren’t we?
We were a family.
SYLVIA is hurt by the words she hears but she tries to keep her temper, clenching her teeth. However, she tries to show herself as a parent.
Timmy, I’m still your mother.
TIMMY mumbles something.
Oh, what a mother!
SYLVIA doesn’t hear him well again.
What did you say?
TIMMY sharply turns around and, with a lump in his throat,he says to her:
I said that if I could choose my
mother, I would have never chosen
SYLVIA is shaken by the strong and sharp words of her son.
TIMMY turns his back on her again. His eyes are filled with tears but he doesn’t want to show weakness in front of his mother.
SYLVIA looks at her son for a few seconds, switches off the emergency lights and starts driving again.

My favourite film quote

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)