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Andrey Volkashin

Andrey Volkashin: Screenwriter & Director

represented by

Agent:  Marinus Viktor

Contact:  +49 (0) 160 5955 631

marinus.viktor@papercuts-agency.com

Andrey Volkashin: Screenwriter & Director

represented by

Agent:  Marinus Viktor

Contact:  +49 (0) 160 5955 631


Andrey Volkashin

I grew up in the Macedonian countryside, in the heart of the wild and rugged Balkans. In my “middle-of-nowhere” hometown in an even more “middle-of-nowhere” country, I spent my childhood coming up with stories set in faraway galaxies, parallel dimensions or alternate timelines.

And back then, my wish to be a writer and director felt just as imaginary as those first screenplays. Obviously, I was the small town weirdo, which wasn’t easy, but growing up in the picturesque countryside was also romantic. My background has greatly shaped my style as an author today – elevated genre concepts about the misfits of society and the grandeur of nature.

My childhood memories were the inspiration for my latest short film “Snake”, which screened at major festivals around the world, winning fourteen awards. I am currently in pre-production of my first feature as a writer/director, a romantic psychological thriller “The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates”  which was developed at the Torino Film Lab and financed by Macedonian and Bulgarian national funds.

I am also currently developing a comedy/musical TV series, based on my cult short film “Shhh… Sing to me!”, which is set to go into production in the spring of 2023. And finally, thanks to my participation in the Serial Eyes program in Berlin, I had the opportunity to work on my most daring genre project to date, a satirical sci-fi horror series, “To Die of Happiness”.

Andrey Volkashin

I grew up in the Macedonian countryside, in the heart of the wild and rugged Balkans. In my “middle-of-nowhere” hometown in an even more “middle-of-nowhere” country, I spent my childhood coming up with stories set in faraway galaxies, parallel dimensions or alternate timelines.

And back then, my wish to be a writer and director felt just as imaginary as those first screenplays. Obviously, I was the small town weirdo, which wasn’t easy, but growing up in the picturesque countryside was also romantic. My background has greatly shaped my style as an author today – elevated genre concepts about the misfits of society and the grandeur of nature.

My childhood memories were the inspiration for my latest short film “Snake”, which screened at major festivals around the world winning fourteen awards. I am currently in pre-production of my first feature as a writer/director, a romantic psychological thriller “The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates”  which was developed at the Torino Film Lab, and financed by Macedonian and Bulgarian national funds.

I am also currently developing a comedy/musical TV series, based on my cult short film “Shhh… Sing to me!”, which is set to go into production in the spring of 2023. And finally, thanks to my participation in the Serial Eyes program in Berlin, I had the opportunity to work on my most daring genre project to date, a satirical sci-fi horror series, “To Die of Happiness”.

In Development (Selection)

 

                        To Die of Happiness

         Format: Series
         Genre: Sci-fi/Horror
         Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
         Production: Odeon Fiction

                        The Adventures of a Pop – Folk Princess

         Format: Series
         Genre: Comedy/Crime/Musical
         Created by: Andrey Volkashin, Peter Vulchev
         Production: OXO

                        The Inverted Tower

         Format: Anthology Series, 8 x 50 min
         Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy
         Created by: Andrey Volkashin
         Production: TBD

Filmography (Selection)

 

   2022          The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe   
                       Pomegranates

Format: Feature, 90 min
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film, Screening Emotions
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
– 2019| Torino Film Lab – Scriptlab
– 2018| Torino Film Lab Extended – Script Development

   2020          Snake    

Format: Short, 20 min
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film Production
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
36 Lovers Film Festival Winner: Best Short Film
12 Kashish Mumbai International Queer 
   Film Festival – W
inner: Best International Narrative Short
18 Film Front ISFF – Winner: Best Film
12 Merlinka IQFF – Winner Era Award Best Film
35 Brest European Short Film Festival – Official Competition
14 Iris Prize LGBT + Film Festival – Iris Prize 2020 Finalists
26 International Film Festival Schlingel –  Official Selection
23 Outshine Film Festival Miami Official Selection
21 Mezipatra QFF – International Short Competition
18 Tirana International Film Festival – Balkan Competition
25 Cheries – Cheris Festival Du Film LGBTQ de Paris –
   Short Film
Competition
– 15 TLV Fest – Short Film Competition
– 18 Festival International Signos Da Noite – Official Selection

   2018          Ficus

Format: Short, 17 min
Genre: Drama
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Sarajevo City of Film
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
– 24 Sarajevo Film Festival – Sarajevo City of Film
– 25 Internatinal Short Film Festival in Drama
– International Competition, 13 Iris Prize LGBT + F
ilm Festival
   Iris Prize 2019 Finalists
– 33 IMAGE + NATION
– LGBTQ FF – Official Selection
27 Pride Pictures QFF – Ofiicial Selection
24 LesGaiCineMad Madrid International
   LGBT+ Film Destival I
nternational Short Film Competition
– 14 Jahorina Film Festival – Winner: “Golden Maple” Best Regional Short Film
– I
nternational Queer Film Festival Merlinka – Winner: Artistic Bravery Award
21 Music and Cinema Festival International du Film d’Aubagne –
23 Pink Apple Film Festival – Official Competition
11 Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – Official Selection

   2017          Koliva

Format: Short, 22 min
Genre: Drama
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
– 46 Huesca International Film Festival –
   International Short Film Official Selection
– 15 In The Palace ISFF – National Best Short Competition
– 39 Manaki Brothers ICFF – Makpoint
– Fekk Ljublana Short Film Festival – Ex Yu Competition Program
– 10 Eastern Neighbours FF- ENFF Discoveries
– Tonneins IFF France – Winner: Best Short Film
– 16 ISFF Film Front Serbia/ Region Competition
– 16 Tirana International Film Festival – Balkan Competition
– 35 Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival –
   In Competition Best Co-Production
– Short of the Year – Special Jury Mention

In Development (Selection)

 

                     To Die of Happiness

     Format: Series
     Genre: Sci-fi/Horror
     Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
     Production: Odeon Fiction

                     The Adventures of a Pop – Folk Princess

     Format: Series
     Genre: Comedy/Crime/Musical
     Created by: Andrey Volkashin, Peter Vulchev
     Production: OXO

                     The Inverted Tower

     Format: Anthology Series, 8 x 50 min
     Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy
     Created by: Andrey Volkashin
     Production: TBD


Filmography
(Selection)

 

   2022          The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe
                       Pomegranates

Format: Feature, 90 min
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film, Screening Emotions
Festivals & Awards:
– 2019| Torino Film Lab – Scriptlab
– 2018| Torino Film Lab Extended –
  Script Development

   2020          Snake    

Format: Short, 20 min
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film Production
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
36 Lovers Film Festival
   Winner: Best Short Film
12 Kashish Mumbai International
   Queer Film Festival – W
inner:
   Best International Narrative Short
18 Film Front ISFF – Winner: Best Film
12 Merlinka IQFF
   Winner Era Award Best Film
35th Brest European Short Film Festival –
   Official Competition
14 Iris Prize LGBT + Film Festival –
   Iris Prize 2020 Finalists
26 International Film Festival Schlingel
   Official S
election
23 Outshine Film Festival Miami
  Official S
election
21 Mezipatra QFF –
   International Short C
ompetition
18 Tirana International Film Festival –
   B
alkan Competition
25 cheries – Cheris Festival Du Film
   LGBTQ
de Paris – Short Film Competition
– 15 TLV Fest – Short Film Competition
– 18 Festival International Signos Da Noite –
   Official Selection

   2018          Ficus

Format: Short, 17 min
Genre: Drama
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Sarajevo City of Film
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
– 24 Sarajevo Film Festival –
  Sarajevo City of Film
– 25 Internatinal Short Film Festival in
Drama
– International Competition, 13 Iris Prize LGBT +
   F
ilm Festival Iris Prize 2019 Finalists
– 33 IMAGE + NATION
– LGBTQ FF – Official Selection
27 Pride Pictures QFF – Ofiicial Selection
24 LesGaiCineMad Madrid International LGBT+
   I
nternational Short Film Competition
– 14 Jahorina Film Festival – Winner:
   “Golden Maple” Best Regional Short Film
– I
nternational Queer Film Festival Merlinka –
   Winner: A
rtistic Bravery Award
21 Music and Cinema Festival International
   du Film d
’Aubagne – Official Selection
23 Pink Apple Film Festival –
   Official C
ompetition
11 Kashish Mumbai International
   Queer F
ilm Festival – Official Selection

   2017          Koliva

Format: Short, 22 min
Genre: Drama
Screenplay: Andrey Volkashin
Director: Andrey Volkashin
Production: Veda Film
Festivals & Awards (Selection):
– 46 Huesca International Film Festival –
   International Short Film Official Selection
– 15 In The Palace ISFF –
   National Best Short Competition
– 39 Manaki Brothers ICFF – Makpoint
– Fekk Ljublana Short Film Festival –
   Ex Yu Competition Program
– 10 Eastern Neighbours FF – ENFF Discoveries
– Tonneins IFF France – Winner: Best Short Film
– 16 ISFF Film Front Serbia/ Region Competition
– 16 Tirana International Film Festival –
   Balkan Competition
– 35 Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film
   Festival – In Competition Best Co-Production
– Short of the Year – Special Jury Mention