Lina Kalcheva is a Bulgarian animation director currently based in England. Coming from a painting background, Lina has university degrees spanning across Fine Art, Theatre, Film and Animation. She completed her MA in Directing Animation in the National Film and Television School in 2021, and her graduation film Other Half premiered in Cannes Festival’s Cinéfondation selection.
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.
Attenborough’s Wonder of Song (in production), dir. by Beth Jones and Mike Birkhead
(2D animated segments in natural history film)
2D illustrator/animator

Other Half (2021), written by Laura Jayne Tunbridge and produced by Michelle Brøndum
(mixed media multiplane stop-motion; premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation)

something’s bugging me (2019)
(multiplane stop-motion)

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 AnimationNational Film and Television School (grad. 2021)
MA Animation, London College of Communication, UAL (grad. 2018)
BA Art and Film & TheatreUniversity of Reading (grad. 2017)
Bulgarian + American High School Diploma,  American College of Sofia (grad. 2013)
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