Mud (1997 film)

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Mud is a 1997 Bulgarian short film directed by Ivaylo Simidchiev. The original title was ""Kal"". It is a 24 minute drama photographed on 35 mm film.


A foreign visitor to Bulgaria finds himself accidentally involved in a chase for a stray child. The latter seriously injures him, but will also try in his own way to save him.


  • Blagoje Nikolic ... Foreigner
  • Petar Vasilev ... Gipsy kid
  • Phillip Avramov ... Gipsy gang chief
  • Dafina Katzarraska
  • Krasimir Kolev
  • Traian Borisov
  • Krasimir Jelev
  • Stefan Shopov
  • Asen Vasilev



Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival, France, 1998

Screened at over 20 Festivals worldwide.

  • "A Certain Regard" Award for Cinematography, Popovo, BULGARIA, 1998
  • "Most Surprising Film" Award, Odense Film festival, DENMARK, 1998
  • "Kodak's Best Film" Award, Sofia Intntnl. Student Film Festival, BULGARIA, 1998
  • "Special Mention of the Jury", Festival Premiers Plans, Angers, FRANCE, 1998
  • "Best Director" Award, International Munich Festival, GERMANY, 1997
  • "VFF Young Talent Award", International Munich Festival, GERMANY, 1997
  • "Best Balkan Short Film" Award, Short Film Festival of Drama, GREECE, 1997
  • "All-Russian State Cinematography Institute (VGIK) Honorable Diploma", 1997