Александър Мануилов

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Alexander Manuiloff

Alexander Manuiloff is a writer, dramatist and screenwriter from Sofia.

The first Bulgarian author to be ever invited with a text to one of Europe’s biggest and most influential theatre festivals, Theatertreffen (2015), in its entire history of more than half a century.

Alexander’s dramaturgy works have been shown in many cities at some of the prominent venues of Europe, Asia and North America. Recently he contributed to the newest project by the German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll.

Alexander's first book, Film, received the Bulgarian Writers’ Guild Award for the best debut book of 2005 while his second one came out in Berlin in 2008 (Language Ideas).

Alexander Manuiloff is the first Bulgarian writer to denounce publishing on paper in Bulgarian and in a Bulgarian publishing house (Christmas, 2011). The reasons for this move are explained here.

Scriptwriter of several films selected at plenty of festivals around the globe.

Alexander translates new English theatre plays into Bulgarian (for the London National Theatre’s programme NT LIVE) and has so far introduced to the local audience the latest works of John Hodge, Tom Stoppard and David Hare. The newest translations of Shakepseare’s The Tempest and Richard III into Bulgarian are also Alexander’s work upon commission from the British Council in 2016.

Alexander Manuiloff builds his independence on contributions from content readers (here), his work in cinema projects as well as freelance translation and journalistic activities. A former journalist for BusinessWeek Bulgaria as well as for various national and international papers and news agencies, in 2012 he got the award of the Association of European Journalists for the best independent piece of research in Bulgaria.

Part of the New York Drama Leage exchange programme.

One of his most recent theatre works was "The Telepathic Bar" in collaboration with Ferran Dordal (2015 Silver Lion winner from the Venice Biennale) and it was shown at the 2016 Munich Festival of Independent Theatre.

Alexander loves sea kayaking as well as the freedom and independence of vast open spaces.

alexander@manuiloff.com

 

Details below:

 

Artistic participations

 

Theatre/Performance:

2017

Eurodram Germany at Theater/haus G7, Mannheim

Odysee Europa, Bremerhaven, Germany

L'Europe des Théâtres, Paris, France

Under the Radar Festival, New York, USA (with Rimini Protokoll)

International Theatre Festival of Kerala, India

Kolkata International Performance Art Festival, Calcutta, India

E/Ntry Festival of the Red House, Sofia, Bulgaria

2016

SPOT Festival, Carei, Romania

Rodeo Muenchen Independent Theatre Festival of Munich, Germany (with Ferran Dordal)

41st MOT Festival Skopje, Macedonia

FAKI Festival of Alternative Theatre Expression, Zagreb, Croatia

Montag Modus and Rituals festivals, Berlin

TESZT International Festival, Timisoara, Romania

HALE 3 tour, Varna, Bulgaria

2015

TEMPS D’IMAGES Festival, Cluj, Romania

GLOBALIZE:COLOGNE, Cologne, Germany

Theatertreffen, Stueckemarkt, Berlin

New Bulgarian Drama, Shumen, Bulgaria (with Petar Tchouhov)

2014

Theatertreffen, International Forum, Berlin

Mini Art Fest Fo, Sofia

Ideal Woman at Fabrika 126, Sofia (with Milena Stanojevic)

2013

Unsaddest Theatre Factory Fest, Baltimore, USA

UNESCO Balkan Festival, Lovech, Bulgaria

Pocket Festival, Sofia

2012

ACT Festival for Independent Theatre, Sofia

Varna Summer Theatre Festival, Varna, Bulgaria (with Milena Stanojevic and Svetoslav Nikolov)

Pocket Festival, Sofia

New Bulgarian Drama, Shumen, Bulgaria

Ulysses and the Shadows, National Theatre Academy, Sofia (with Edmond Scott)

2011

Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic

Big Sister workshop lead artist, Sfumato Theatre, Sofia

2010

ProText, Sofia (with Vasilena Radeva)

2008

August in Art biennial of visual arts; Varna 2008

2007

Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic

Small Season, Sfumato Theatre (with Ogniana Serafimova)

 

 

Films/Film Projects:

2017

Indie Wise Festival Miami, USA

Shanghai PRIDE Film Festival, semifinalist

Hollywood Screenings Film Festival

2016

Madrid International Film festival

18th Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival

Barcelona Planet Film Festival

In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Sofia

Golden Rose Film Festival, Varna, Bulgaria

Hyjnesha në Fron Festival of Kosovo

Short Film Corner of the Festival de Cannes

WoFF: World of Film International Festival , Glasgow, UK

ФЕСТИВАЛЬ РІВНОСТІ У ЗАПОРІЖЖІ (Equality festival 2016 - KIEV, Ukraine)

IndieWise

I Filmmaker International Film Festival, Marbella, Spain

West Nordic International Film Festival, WENIFF, Alesund, Norway

Blow-Up Art House Film Festival, Chicago, USA

Official Selection of the London Monthly Film Festival

2015

Los Angeles Cine Fest,

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards,

Miami Independent Film Festival,

Los Angeles Urban Film Festival

2014

Festival Centre, Moscow

Co-Productions Market of DokLeipzig Selection

2013

TRT Documentary Days Film Festival, Istanbul

Golden Rython Documentary Film Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Balkan Documentary Centre Selection (Sofia-Skopje-Prizren)

East Doc Platform Project Selection

East European Forum Project Selection

2012

Sofia Design Week Festival,

Balkan Documentary Centre Project Selection

Apolonia Festival, Sozopol, Bulgaria

 

Books/Publications:

Film, Sofia, 2004; Balkani Publishers Ltd. – with the Bulgarian Writers’ Guild Award for the best fiction debut book of the year; ISBN 954-8353-80-6

Language Ideas. On the Nature of the Linguistic Sign in Course in General Linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure”, Berlin 2008, VDM Verlag; ISBN 978-3-639-08509-9

BLACK JACK in the volume “4 Festival Plays - 2012", New Bulgarian Drama, Shumen 2012. ISBN 978-954-8279-72-7

NEXT!”in the volume: The UnSaddest Factory’s Fourth Annual Festival; Thinking Beard Press, Baltimore, 2012, ISBN 9780984053537

Numerous publications for Reuters' Factiva service, BusinessWeek Bulgaria, the Kultura weekly, Literaturen Vestnik, Altera, the PARI, the BANKER, as well as exclusively at this site since 2012

 

Awards/honours/residencies:

- EURODRAM Germany 2017 Award for “The State” and its translation into German by Hannes Becker

- BEST FOREIGN SHORT FILM nomination at Madrid International Theatre Festival; 2016

- SPECIAL MENTION, Marbella Filmmaker Festival, 2016

- STUECKEMARKT SELECTION at THEATERTREFFEN Festival, Berlin 2015

- The BEST PIECE OF JOURNALISTIC RESEARCH PRIZE for 2012 of the Association of European Journalists

- Two nominations for the NATIONAL AWARD FOR DRAMATURGY, Shumen (for the plays Black Jack, 2012 and Happy New Year (with Petar Tchouhov), 2015 )

- BULGARIAN WRITER'S GUILD AWARD - best fiction debut book of the year (Film, 2004)

 

- Focus Atelier Residency, Cluj, Romania, Sept 2017

- Residency and scholarship by Goethe Institut, Munich, and The City Council of Munich for RODEO Independent Theatre Festival Munich (April-Oct2016)  (with Ferran Dordal)  

- Residency at Pathos Theatre, Munich, Germany (Sept 2015) (with O-team)

     

- Scriptwriting stipend by Das Deutsch-Amerikanische Institut Heidelberg (DAI Heidelberg); 2016 (with Keith Cunningham, Maja Costa, Ron Segal et al.)

- National Film Centre, Bulgaria – script development grant, 2015 (with Angel Nakov)

- A scholarship for the International Forum, Theatertreffen Festival, Berlin 2014

- U.S./Bulgaria Exchange programme of the Drama League of New York, 2012

- Scholarship by the U.S. foundation TFAS, Prague 2005

- One-year scholarship by Charles University, Prague, 1999

 

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