Director, Animator (2D,3D)

Milen Vitanov was born in Prague and raised in Sofia. He spent many sleepless nights drawing on his first self-made light box. He graduated Animation in 2007 at the film academy HFF-Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg and committed himself to the alchemy of 2D/3D-Animation-Mixtures. His graduation film "My Happy End" has participated in many international festival and received numerous prestigious awards. Milen is now living in Berlin and spending again sleepless nights, working on his new 2D/3D mixture-film.

  • 2007
    My Happy End

    ___Director, short film

  • 2012
    Rising Hope

    ___Director, short film

  • 2014
         Mango Manga

    ___Director, short film in production


Rising Hope

short film 10 min Talking Animals, 2012
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
All dogs chase their own tails. One dog succeeds in catching his tail. This changes his whole life.
Directed and animated by: Milen Vitanov

Technical Director: Dennis Rettkowski
Festival Awards:
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
Festival Awards:
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