Asparuh Petrov

pen on paper

year: 2022

duration: 6'42"

production: Compote Collective
distribution: Bonobostudio

Country of production: Bulgaria


More About the Film

А young writer dedicates his nights to hunting entangled phrases with his pen. The moment he is confronted with the pregnancy of his wife his world collapses. Lingering fears and painful memories overwhelm him and he needs to trace the missing piece.

Director, scriptwriter, animator: Asparuh Petrov
Music and sound design: Andrea Martignoni
Editing: Iva Kraljević
Producer: Vessela Dantcheva

Asparuh Petrov (1981) developed a passion for animation after he graduated from the High School of Applied Arts in Trojan in 1999. Until 2007 he worked as a motion designer, creating TV idents for several Bulgarian televisions. Since 2007 he has worked as a freelance animation director, and has been creating his own animation projects. Asparuh is one of the lead directors of Compote Collective productions. 

Trace (2022), A Petty Morning Crime (2015), Father (2012, koautor), Seed (2009), Forelock (2009), Levels of Communication (2008), Inside (2008), First Love (2008)


  • Best International Animation, CINELEBU Lebu International Film Festival 2023
  • Best Bulgarian Short Film, Sofia International Film Festival 2023
  • Jury Award for Animated Film, The National Festival of Bulgarian Cinema – SBFD Awards Vasil Gendov 2023


Piccolo Festival dell’Animazione (12/11-20/11/2022) 
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (28/11-4/12/2022)
CINELEBU Lebu International Film Festival (11/2-17/2/2023)
Anima - International Animation Film Festival (17/2-26/2/2023)
​Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival (15/3-26/3/2023) 
Sofia International Film Festival (16/3-30/3/2023)
Landshut Short Film Festival (22/3-27/3/2023) 
Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (31/3-10/4/2023) 
Animatricks International Animation Festival (18/5-20/5/2023)
Golden Kuker International Animation Film Festival (25/5-29/5/2023)
Animafest Zagreb (5/6-10/6/2023)
Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival (7/6-11/6/2023)
FEST New Directors, New Films Festival (19/6-25/6/2023) 
Fest Anča International Animation Festival (29/6-2/7/2023)
Anibar International Animation Festival (17/7-23/7/2023)