Director Pavel Vesnakov

Production year 2013

Length 30min.

Country Bulgaria/Germany


Some call Manol “The General”, others “The Golden Hands.” Both nicknames capture something essential about this 70-year old patriarch: he is a man of morals and discipline who is quick to fix everything - a stray hair, a broken car engine. He is also a loving grandfather, who has raised his grandson, Georgi, in the absence of the boy’s parents.


Best Bulgarian Short Film | FILMINI International Short FF, Bulgaria, 2013

Special Jury Mention | Sarajevo FF, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013

Special Jury Mention | Zubroffka International Short FF, Poland, 2013

Best European Short Fiction Film | Go Short International FF, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2014

Best Actor | Brussels Short FF, Belgium, 2014

Jameson Special Mention | Sofia IFF, Bulgaria, 2014

European Grand Prix | Brive FF, , 2014

Grand Prix | International Short FF, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2014

Best Short Film, Best Supporting Actress | Bulgarian Film Academy Awards, , 2014


Pavel Vesnakov
Pavel Vesnakov



Vanya Rainova, Sebastian Weyland


Pavel Vesnakov, Vanya Rainova

Director of Photography

Orlin Ruevski

Production designer

Mitko Zlatanov, Nikolay Zlatanov


Veselin Zografov


Karen Tonne


Mihail Mutafov, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ani Bakalova, Svetlana Yancheva

Production company(ies)

Portokal, Vanya Rainova, Director’s Darling Development, Sebastian Weyland

Pavel Vesnakov

Pavel is a young Bulgarian writer and director. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as a freelance photographer and assistant director in the Bulgarian National Television. In 2008, Pavel trained as an editor, and until 2011, he worked as editor in Miramar Film in Sofia. In 2011, he took part in the Sarajevo FF Talent Campus. In that year he also attended the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2012, Pavel earned his MFA in film directing from New Bulgarian University.


Return to Estelin (2009), Trains (2010), The Paraffin Prince (2012), Pride (2013).

FILMS 2014