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
  • Special Mention, Go Short International Short Film Festival 2023
  • Jury Award for Animated Film, The National Festival of Bulgarian Cinema – SBFD Awards Vasil Gendov 2023
  • Special Award for the Best Bulgarian Film Proiko Proikov, Golden Kuker International Animation Film Festival 2023
  • Special Mention, Balkanima European Animated Film Festival 2023
  • Honorable Mention, KuanDu International Animation Festival 2023
  • Highly Commended in Animation Section, Canberra Short Film Festival 2023
  • Grand Prix for Best Animated Film, Golden Rhyton Documentary and Animated Film Festival 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)
Animafest Zagreb (5/6-10/6/2023)
Golden Kuker International Animation Film Festival (7/6-11/6/2023)
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)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (12/7-17/7/2023)
Anibar International Animation Festival (17/7-23/7/2023)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (24/7-28/7/2023)
Countryside Animafest Cyprus (9/8-12/8/2023)
Flipbook Film Festival (10/8-13/8/2023)
FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival (14/8-19/8/2023)
Imaginaria International Animated Film Festival (21/8-26/8/2023)
Turku Animated Film Festival (23/8-27/8/2023)
Drama International Short Film Festival (4/9-10/9/2023) 
Varna World Festival of Animated Film (6/9-10/9/2023)
Minikino Film Week (15/9-23/9/2023)
Animanima International Animation Festival (19/9-23/9/2023)
Animasyros International Animation Festival (26/9-1/10/2023) 
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (3/10-8/10/2023) 
LINOLEUM International Festival of Contemporary Animation and Media-art (4/10-8/10/2023) 
Bolton International Film Festival (4/10-8/10/2023)
Animatou International Animation Film Festival (5/10-14/10/2023)
CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival (5/10-22/10/2023)
Animest International Animation Film Festival (6/10-15/10/2023)  
Primanima World Festival of First Animations (11/10-14/10/2023) 
Videomedeja International Video Festival (12/10-14/10/2023)
Canlandıranlar Animation Film Festival (16/10-22/10/2023) 
KuanDu International Animation Festival (22/10-28/10/2023)
CRAFT International Animation Festival (23/10-28/10/2023)
Raindance Film Festival (25/10-4/11/2023)
​Rex Animation Film Festival (27/10-2/11/2023)
Squeaky Wheel Animation Festival (3/11/2023)
20minmax International Short Film Festival (3/11-12/11/2023)
Mieres Under-60' Film Festival (9/11-12/11/2023)
Canberra Short Film Festival (10/11-26/11/2023)
Cinanima International Animated Film Festival (13/11-19/11/2023)
Amarcort Film Festival (14/11-19/11/2023)
Future Film Festival (15/11-19/11/2023)
CutOut Fest (16/11-19/11/2023)
​Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival (21/11-26/11/2023)
Tindirindis International Animation Film Festival (30/11-3/12/2023)
Golden Rhyton Bulgarian Documentary and Animated Film Festival (14/12-21/12/2023)
Manipulate Festival (10/2/2024)
ZOOM Zblizenia International Film Festival (4/3-10/3/2024)