Tchavdar Georgiev

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Tchavdar Georgiev is a writer, producer, director and editor who has crafted films, commercials and television both in the US and abroad. He received an MFA degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and 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 the Cinema Eye Honors awarded "Finders Keepers",[3] both of which premiered at Sundance. He wrote, co-produced and edited "Off The Rails" that premiered at Hot Docs and won multiple awards including DOC NYC and Newport Beach Film Festival. He wrote and edited "Served Like A Girl" that premiered at SXSW. He edited "Skidrow Marathon" that premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival.

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 Russian narrative feature "Bastards" (MTV Russia Best Film Award). He edited "Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava," narrated by Edward James Olmos, as well as "Marion´s Triumph," narrated by Debra Messing which premiered on PBS. He was a researcher on the Sony Pictures Classics' award-winning doc "Red Army" that premiered at Cannes Film Festival and Participant Media's "Countdown To Zero" that premiered at Sundance.

Georgiev produced the feature thriller “Nevsky Prospect” for Amazon Studios. 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, TELE2 and MTV Russia.


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