EFP Producer on the Move: Borislav Chouchkov

By Pavlina Jeleva

    Chouchkov Brothers (www.ch-bros.com), producer of the feature debut Tilt, is the second company that European Film Promotion Producer on the Move Borislav Chouchkov (35) and director Viktor Chouchkov Jr (40) developed and own together. The Bulgarian brothers first made their name recording original scores through their company SIF309 (www.sif309.com) established in 1992, working on over 500 projects including César winner and Oscar nominee Les Choristes, Golden Globe nominee Nomad and European Film Award winner and Oscar nominee Hotel Rwanda. The achievements were aided by the active participation of their father, renowned Bulgarian pianist and composer Professor Victor Chouchkov, Bulgaria's "musician of the year" in 2000.

    With 12 years of experience in the audiovisual sector already under their belt, the pair founded Chouchkov Brothers in 2003 to create and produce features and documentaries, TV shows, and music clips. Victor directed while Borislav produced video clips performed by famous Bulgarian pop singers such as Maria Ilieva and Beloslava. Their work for leading broadcasters Bulgarian National Television (www.btv.bg), bTV (www.btv.bg) and Nova TV (www.novatv.bg) included the weekly show Kings of Comedy for Nova. The full-length documentary Homo Ludens dedicated to renowned Bulgarian theater director Dimiter Gotscheff, co-produced with the Bulgarian National Television won the special jury "Golden Umbrella" award at the MEDIAMIXX '08 Festival (http://2008.mediamixx.info) and the best documentary debut of 2009 at the Bulgarian annual cinema awards.

    Prior to Tilt, their biggest success, Chuchkov Brothers produced a number of shorts, including Liubomir Mladenov's Karting and "34", Chavdar Jivkov's Floor 2, Viktor Chouchkov Jr's A.T.M., Ivan Cherkelov's Crayfish (coproduced with Klas Film, www.klasfilm.com) and Liubomir Mladenov's Hunting Park (coproduced with Front Film, www.frontfilm.eu).

    Bulgarian distribution of the romantic generation drama Tilt started on 11 February 2011 with 31 prints, topping the box office for four consecutive week ends with 140,000 tickets sold.

    In Cannes Chouchkov Brothers and Tilt will be represented by Borislav Chouchkov who has a Master's degree in European Audio-Visual Managementfrom the Media Business School and a master's degree in acting from the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film (www.natfiz.bg). Having started to work in production at the age of 16 and having established his first production company at the age of 19 Borislav says he "enjoys producing films." He has even financed some shorts by deferring his producer's fee and investing cash money as well. "But never over 10% of the whole budget, and only in case I believed in the financial success of the film," he notes.

    Chouchkov Brothers' next film will be an adaptation of Zachary Karabashliev's best seller 18% Gray, a "suspenseful, darkly funny, raw, poetic, short-breathed and unusual story of a Bulgarian expatriate in California."

    Borislav Chouchkov

    Chouchkov Brothers Ltd.

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