Bulgaria, Italy


Lilly is a divorced mother of two – Martin, who has recently come of age, and little Alexandra. One cold winter evening Martin picks Alexandra up from kindergarten. In the dark streets of the neighbourhood they become a part of a tragic accident that can hardly be forgotten or erased. Lilly and her kids have to make tough decisions, the consequences of which will change their life for good.

Director's Statement

SHOOTING STAR is my debut short film (after graduation), a 28-minute co-production between Bulgaria and Italy.

SHOOTING STAR is a film with a big audience potential because of its up-to-date topic and the fact that the plot deals with the relationship between parent and child in an extraordinary situation. The story sets out with the everyday life of an average contemporary city family, whose fate could be the fate of any Bulgarian. We observe the family and the relationships in it as a model for the universal human value system of society.

Director's Biography

Lyubo Yonchev was born in 1983 in Pleven, Bulgaria. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Acting and Directing from the New Bulgarian University, and a Master’s degree in Film and TV Art. He is a producer, writer and director of several short student films which have been selected and awarded at many international festivals. A member of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers (UBFM – Film Academy), Lyubo Yonchev has been festival manager and programmer of the International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” since 2014.

2014 - THE LAST ATTEMPT, short
2014 - CAIN, short
2009 - THEY ARE WAITING, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Lyubo Yonchev

Written by: Lyubo Yonchev, Yassen Genadiev

Produced by: Lyubo Yonchev, Lyubo Kirov, Carola Jessica De Lucia

Cinematography: Damian Dimitrov

Editing: Lyubo Kirov

Production Design: Hristina Dyakova

Costume Design: Hristina Dyakova

Make-Up & Hair: Doriana Paneva

Original Score: Alexander Kostov

Sound Design: Dimitar Rusev

Main Cast: Kalia Kamenova (Alexandra), Stefan Popov (Martin), Stefka Yanorova (Lilly Mancheva)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2016