Tchavdar Georgiev

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Tchavdar Georgiev is an Emmy nominated producer, director and editor who has crafted award-winning films, commercials and television both in the US and abroad. He received MFA degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and Open Society Institute grants among many others.

Together with Amanda Pope, he wrote, produced, and directed “The Desert of Forbidden Art.” [1] Described by LA Times critic Kenneth Turan as a “remarkable documentary,” it was nominated for two Emmys, won the Cine Golden Eagle Special Jury Award, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Beijing Film Festival and other awards. The film premiered on PBS Independent Lens, and was broadcast in many countries worldwide.

Tchavdar edited the two times Emmy-nominated HBO documentary "Valentine Road" [2] as well as "Finders Keepers",[3] both of which premiered at Sundance.

Georgiev directed and edited together with Dana Berry for National Geographic “Finding the Next Earth” and edited “Alien Earths,” nominated for a Prime Time Emmy. He was one of the editors on the documentaries "We Live in Public" (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) and "One Lucky Elephant" (Best Doc Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival) as well as the narrative feature "Bastards" (MTV Russia Best Film Award). He edited "Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava," narrated by Edward James Olmos, "Marion´s Triumph," narrated by Debra Messing and “View from a Grain of Sand” nominated for an IDA award - all of which premiered on PBS. He was also an editor on the award-winning documentaries “Refusenik”, “Maybe Baby,” and “Holy Warriors.” He was a researcher on the Sony Pictures Classics' award-winning doc "Red Army" that premiered at Cannes and Participant Media's "Countdown To Zero" that premiered at Sundance.

Georgiev produced the feature thriller “Nevsky Prospect” for Amazon Studios (a division of He has field produced for USA Network, History Channel, Simon Wiesenthal Center, SF1 (Switzerland), Channel 1 and MTV (Russia). He has line produced commercials for Adobe, Cisco, NASA and TELE2 Mobile Europe and edited for Honda, Oscar de la Renta, Rooms to Go, TELE2 and MTV Russia. He is the founder of East of West Productions specializing in filming on location throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Central Asia, Turkey and Israel.


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