Logline: How far would a mother go to protect her children?

Length: 28 minutes

Director: Lyubo Yonchev

Producers: Lyubo Yonchev, Lyubo Kirov (Bulgaria)

Co-Producer: Carola Jessica De Lucia (Italy)

About the director and producers:

Director: Lyubo Yonchev is an award winning director who has several short student films. His professional debut is the short fiction film SHOOTING STAR (2015).

Producers: Lyubo Kirov together with Lyubo Yonchev are producers and CEOs of the film production and distribution company CRYSTAL FRAME Ltd., based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Co-Producer: Carola Jessica De Lucia is young Italian producer. Now she continues her specialization in producing in L.A., where she is developing her professional skills.

Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists):

We are looking for anyone interested in featuring our short film on the website, magazine or at any festivals. We are also interested in meeting distributors & sales agents to help us with the future life of the film. Also co-producers for our next projects.

Funders: Private funding

Made in association with: Mito Production Srl.

Release date: October 2015


Congratulations! Why did you make your film?

Thank you very much! After I’ve watched the works of the amazing young Canadian director Xavier Dolan, I realized that I’d like to make a movie inspired by my mother and to show what a mother is ready to commit to protect her children. Shhh… Here is my dream… I will be very excited if he watches my film and contacts me for his professional feedback.

Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?

Because it is a humane story and I believe that it can touch everybody’s soul and heart.

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How do personal and universal themes work in your film?

The story is personal, but in the same time everybody has a mother and can realize their own personal mistakes towards their parents.

How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?

When I started the script I intended it to be about the communication between parents and kids, but the more we wrote, the more personal feelings I poured out in it. And finally it became like a mirror of my relationship with my own mom.

What type of feedback have you received so far?

Till this moment it is very well received. It has already had 14 awards and almost 40 festival selections.

Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?

Yes, definitely! I have never expected it because it’s my first professional short film after graduation and I didn’t have this experience with my student films.

What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on

I hope that more people will learn about the film.

Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?

Each one of them has their important role in the popularization of a film. So the more – the better. Of course, the film festival directors and journalists are the first because they give the start to the film’s life and thanks to them it can find its sales agents, buyers, distributors.

What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?

I want it to open doors for me on the European cinema stage and help me create my feature films. Thanks to this short I was able to meet a lot of people from my country and abroad who are willing to work with me on other projects.

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What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?

Does the parent have to take the blame for their kids or they have to teach them how to be responsible themselves?

Would you like to add anything else?

Just watch the film, and when you get back home – hug your mom and ask her for forgiveness for all the pain you have given her. Because the mother is the most precious thing.

What are the key creatives developing or working on now?

Yes, I’m very happy that I’m working on a new co-production with Egypt this time. It is focused on the female audience again. The story is interesting and powerful, it’s about the situation of women in the Muslim world and the lack of equality they suffer each day. But I’m always open to new collaborations.