SOFIA: One of Bulgaria's most valued film prizes, the Film Academy
Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the eminent
documentary director Nevena Tosheva who marks her ninetieth birthday.
Co-organised by the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers (www.filmmakersbg.com) and the Bulgarian National Film
Centre (www.nfc.bg) and with the support of Eurobet (www.eurobet.bg) the official ceremony held at the Sofia
National Palace of culture (www.ndk.bg) was broadcast
by the Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg).
The annual national film awards are decided by the votes
of nearly 500 members.
"You are an artist who made
a huge contribution to the establishment and the development of the Bulgarian
documentary school," the president of the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers,
director Georgy Stoyanov said in a written statement.
her career in 1956 making newsreels. She soon wrote and directed her first
creative documentary Three Teachers
which revealed her talent for observation. Her long film career includes over
50 documentaries, many of them awarded at international film festivals. Most
popular are Etude (1964), shown in Cannes and Bergamo, The Team (1976), winner
of the Special Jury Award at the International Short Film Festival in Moscow,
(1982), carrier of the Golden Thracian Rhyton at the Festival of Short Films in Plovdiv.
Undoubtedly, her most discussed film remains The Phenomenon (1977) focussed
on the prophetic abilities of a unique woman known by the name of Baba Vanga.