Travelling Country

Vessela Dantcheva, Ivan Bogdanov

2D animation

year: 2016

format: HD
duration: 13'38"

production: Compote Collective, Bonobostudio
distribution: Bonobostudio

countries of production: Bulgaria, Croatia


More About the Film

Once upon a time, there was a country on the back of a giant horse, but it was ruined by stupidity and greed. Now, only the horse's tail remains of its former glory, while the people live in the shadow of what used to be a happy world. Yet, the memory of the past is still vivid, and a new society is being born. Will the history repeat itself?

Travelling Country is a film about the collision of past, present and future. It is a fantastic tale about the search of one’s true identity and freedom.

scriptwriters and directors: Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva
design: Rositsa Raleva
music composer: Petar Dundakov
sound design: Andrea Martignoni
animators: Ivan Košutić, Jelena Oroz, Petra Zlonoga, Darko Vidačković, Adam Butcher
editing and compositing: Ivan Bogdanov
producer: Vessela Dantcheva, Compote Collective (Bulgaria)
co-producer: Vanja Andrijević, Bonobostudio (Croatia)

Vessela Dantcheva (1975) and Ivan Bogdanov (1973) are a director duo who have been working together for 15 years. In 2002, they graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2004, they co-founded FinFilm animation studio and in 2008 they founded Compote Collective production company in Sofia, Bulgaria. They made several films together, including the internationally acclaimed Father (2012) and Anna Blume (2009), which screened at numerous film festivals around the world. 


  • Best Co-Production Award, Days of Croatian Film 2016
  • Best Croatian Film, Animafest Zagreb 2016
  • Special Mention, Supertoon International Animation Festival 2016
  • Special Distinction, Animanima International Animation Festival 2016
  • Special Jury Mention, Varna World Festival of Animated Film 2016
  • Bulgarian Filmmakers Union Award, Varna World Festival of Animated Film 2016
  • Golden Prize in Shut Up! Competition, Animated Dreams 2016
  • Jameson Special Mention, Sofia International Film Festival 2017
  • Best Music Prize, Be There! Corfu Animation Festival 2017
  • ReFORMATION Award, Mediawave Festival 2017
  • Special award “Proyko Proykov”, Golden Kuker 2017
  • Best Animated Film Award, Bulgarian Film Academy 2017
  • Best Art Direction, Golden Rhyton Documentary and Animated Film Festival 2017


Days of Croatian Film (21/4-24/4/2016)
Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film (6/6-11/6/2016)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (24/7-29/7/2016)
Concorto Film Festival (20/8-27/8/2016)
FeKK - Ljubljana Short Film Festival (22/8-27/8/2016)
Turku Animated Film Festival (25/8-28/8/2016)
World Festival of Animated Film, Varna (7/9-11/9/2016)
Animanima International Animation Festival (7/9-11/9/2016)
Animasivo Contemporary Animation Festival (28/9-1/10/2016)
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (4/10-8/10/2016)
CinEast Luxembourg (6/10-23/10/2016)
Anim'est International Animation Film Festival (7/10-16/10/2016)
Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (23/10-28/10/2016)
Multivision International Festival of Animation Arts (28/10-20/11/2016)
Kuandu International Animation Festival (30/10-5/11/2016)
Leeds International Film Festival, UK (3/11-17/11/2016)
Animated Dreams International Animation Film Festival (16/11-20/11/2016)
Anilogue International Animation festival (23/11-27/11/2016)
In the Palace International Short Film Festival (1/12-12/12/2016)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (5/12-11/12/2016)
ANIMA - Brussels Animation Festival (24/2 – 5/3/2017)
Sofia International Film Festival (9/3-19/3/2017)
ANIMAKOM - Bilbao International Animation Community Festival (15/3-19/3/2017)
Monstra - Lisbon Animated Film Festival (16/3-26/3/2017)
Athens Animfest (16/3-22/3/2017)
Vilnius International Film Festival (23/3-6/4/2017)
Be There! Corfu Animation Festival (29/3-2/4/2017)
Mediawave – Another Connection International Film and Music Festival (27/4-1/5/2017)
Golden Kuker International Animation Film Festival (1/5-7/5/2017)
Future Film Festival (2/5-7/5/2017)
Fest Anca International Animation Festival (29/6-2/7/2017)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (13/9-21/9/2017)
LINOLEUM International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-art, Kiev, Ukraine (28/9-1/10/2017)
Interfilm International Short Film Festival (20/11-26/11/2017)
2ANNAS International Short Film Festival (28/11-3/12/2017)
Golden Ryton Documentary and Animated Film Festival (16/12-22/12/2017)