Director, Animator (2D,3D)

Milen Vitanov was born in Prague and raised in Sofia, where he spent many sleepless nights drawing on his first self-made light box. He graduated Animation in 2007 at the film academy Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg and committed himself to the alchemy of 2D/3D-Animation-Mixtures. His animation shorts have participated has participated in many international festival and received numerous prestigious awards. Milen co-founded Talking Animals in 2009 and is now based in Berlin, spending sleepless nights again while working on his new 2D/3D mixture-film.



Bango Vassil

short film 8:30 min © Talking Animals & Vitanov Productions 2016
    The adventure of the Romany girl Ati and the Bulgarian boy Emil on one different and unexpected New Year’s Eve.      
  • Directed by: Milen Vitanov and Vera Trajanova
  • Writen by: Vera Trajanova & Milen Vitanov 
  • Sound & Mix: Vensan Mazmanyan
  • Music: Ivo Papazov Ibriama
  • Backgrounds: Inês Gomes Ferreira
  • Director of Photography: Olaf Aue
  • Editor: Jens Prausnitz
  • Producer: Samuel Weikopf and Milen Vitanov
  • Animation: Ulf Grenzer, Marie Josephine Tucholsky, Yordan Brankovski, Nayden Nikolov, Dalibor Raininger, Milen Vitanov
  • Bienniale Of Animation, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Animacam Animation Short Film Festival Santiago de Compostela
  • Athens Animfest, athens, Greece
  • Kids Animation Section at Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Minsk, Belarus
  • Youngabout International Film Festival Bologna, Italy
  • ONE Country ONE Film Issoire, France
  • Landshutter Filmfestival, Landshut, Germany
  • Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche, Regensburg, Germany
  • Int.Film Festival for Children and Youth KINOLUB, Poland
  • River Film Festival Padova, Italy
  • Anibar International Animation Festival, Kosovo
  • ALPINALE Short Film Festival, Austria
  • Manlleu Film Festival, Spain 
  • Int.Film Festival SCHLINGEL in Chemnitz, Germany
  • BEAST - International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal
  • Uppsala International Short Film, Sweden
  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival, USA
  • Olympia Int. Film Festival, Greece
  • Tracce Cinematografiche Film Fest, Italy
  • Tlanchana Fest Metepec, Mexico
  • BOGOSHORTS Bogota Short Film Festival, Colombia
  • Un poing c'est court, Vaulx en Velin, France
  • Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany
  • "Longue Vue sur le court" Intl.Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • Film Festival della Lessinia, Italy
  • New York Int'l Children's Film Festival, USA
  • IN THE PALACE Short film festival - Baltchik, Bulgaria
  • Cinekid - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Timishorts, Timisoara, Romania
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle, USA REDCAT Int'l Children’s Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA

Rising Hope

short film 10:00 min © Talking Animals 2012
Directed by Milen Vitanov
Rising Hope, who used to be the fastest horse in the world, suddenly turns into a loser. With the help of a new friend − a jack-of-all-trades hound − he finds hope and himself again.
  • Berlinale International Film Festival
  • Atlanta Film Festival, USA
  • Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
  • SICAF Seoul Int.Cartoon&Animation Festival
  • DOK-Leipzig 2012, Germany
  • Clermont-Ferrand 2012, France
  • Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis 2013, Germany
  • KROK Int. Animation Film Festival 2012, Ukraine
  • Encounters Film Festival 2012, Bristol, UK
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012, USA
  • Curtas Vila do Conde 2012, Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • "Cartoons & Sport" Cartoon on the Bay 2012, Italy
  • Best Animated Film, Young Jury Award at Rhode Island Int. Film Festival 2012, USA
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film - The 24 hours of Nuremberg Int. Short Film Festival 2012, Germany
  • Award of the Junior Jury for Best Short Film - Capalbio Cinema International Film Festival 2012, Italy
  • Best Film at the Animacam, International  Animation Festival 2013, in Ourense, Spain

My Happy End

short film 2D/3D animation 5:30 min © HFF Konrad Wolf 2007
Directed by Milen Vitanov
All dogs chase their own tails. One dog succeeds in catching his tail. This changes his whole life.
  • Annecy 2008
  • Animafest Zagreb 2008
  • Holland Animation Film Festival 2008
  • Chicago Int. Children's Festival 2007
  • Hida Int. Animation Festival Japan 2007
  • GoEast Wiesbaden 2008
  • Cine-Jeune Film Festival For Children 2009
  • Toronto Int.Film Festival For Children 2008
  • KLIK! Int. Animation Festival Amsterdam 2008
  • Student Film Festival St.Petersburg 2007
  • Animago 2007
  • Golden Knight Film Festival Moskaw 2008
  • European Youth Film Festival Bruges 2008
  • San Joaquin Film Festival USA 2008
  • Barcelona International TV Festival 2007
  • ”2D or not 2D”Int.Animation Fest USA 2007
  • Cartoon Club Rimini Italy 2007
  • Anima Mundi Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2007
  • Hamburg Animation Award 2007
  • Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children 2007
  • I-Sorts Prag 2008
  • AniFest Trebon 2007