Lina Kalcheva is an award-winning animation director from Bulgaria, currently based in England, and a recent graduate from the UK's National Film and Television School. Coming from a painting background, Lina has studied Fine Art, Theatre, Film and Animation. Her NFTS graduation film Other Half premiered in Cannes Festival’s Cinéfondation selection and has screened in multiple film festivals since, notably winning the Anima't Award for Best Short Animation at the Oscar-qualifying Sitges Film Festival.
Lina works in 2D, multiplane, stop-motion and in-between; using combinations of drawing, painting, clay and found natural materials. She is interested in experimenting and mixing techniques that can illustrate strange and exciting character-driven stories. Her films are inspired by mythology, nature, the occult, identity and human relationships.
I'm currently in development of my new short, Dawn Chorus, but I'm available for some freelance work - storyboarding, character design, art direction, animation, teaching or workshops; in/around London or remote.
Dawn Chorus (in development), written by Laura Jayne Tunbridge and produced by Michelle Brøndum
(stop-motion animated short)
Attenborough’s Wonder of Song (2022), dir. by Beth Jones and Mike Birkhead
(2D animated segments in natural history film)
Other Half (2021), written by Laura Jayne Tunbridge and produced by Michelle Brøndum
(mixed media multiplane stop-motion; premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation; Award Winner Anima't Sitges)
something’s bugging me (2019)
Birthmark (2019), written by Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Tom van Overloop
(2D charcoal paper animation)
A Peach (2018)
(2D digital animation)
Sloom Circus (2018), co-directed with Asheila Amara and Bibie Wataniyakun
(VR paint-on-glass experimental short)
Paula Rego: Making the Real Thing (2017), made in collaboration between LCC and TATE
(2D digital short with oil-painted textures)
Pinky’s Pleasure Park (2016), made for exchange exhibition in Shanghai
(stop-motion with natural materials)
MA Directing Animation, National Film and Television School (grad. 2021)
MA Animation, London College of Communication, UAL (grad. 2018)
BA Art and Film & Theatre, University of Reading (grad. 2017)
American College of Sofia (grad. 2013)