ProActive “Krassimira Hendy, The good face of Bulgaria”, AMTV

This film about Bulgarian journalist Krassimira Hendry is part of the the project Development of European Student Television Network is aimed at designing a web-based platform for the exchange of media contents among university televisions in Europe, with headquarters in Sofia. Through the activities, planned in the project, the participants will not only further develop European student TV network, but will create and film together with two partnering countries, as the base initiative for mutual work and establishment of long-lasting partnership. The European Student Television Network was successfully created in the last year with our partners from the University of Journalism in Paris, the University of Journalism in Lille (France) and the “Mass Media Communications” Department of the New Bulgarian University, and now is time to further its development through our new partnerships in the UK.
Leading organization of the Project yet again is the National Student Television “Alma Mater” to the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”, and Project partners are: Brooks Student Television from Oxford Brooks University, Leeds Student Television from Leeds University Union and the “Mass Media Communications” Department of the New Bulgarian University. Twenty five young people will directly participate in the realization of the multicultural films, while the web-based television network will be accessible for use to thousands of young people in Europe and around the world.
The duration of the Project is nine months and during this period the main goal of this project is to present the diverse dimensions of youth life in the two countries. It will acquaint the participants and their viewers with their way and standard of life, with creative work opportunities, with their ideas for development in contemporary civil society in the context of the European Union. The duration of the multicultural films will be 27 minutes each and will reach the greatest possible audience since it will be translated in English and uploaded on the European Student Television Platform, as well is will be broadcasted on the Bulgarian National Television, the Student Televisions of City University, London and Brooks TV, Oxford and will be proposed to the youth direction of BBC.

AMTV Student Program’s

ATELIER is more than a documentary series about art and culture! It’s a gate to the fascinating world of young artists. Get into the mind of the new generation, that is shaping the face of contemporary art scene in Bulgaria, the Balkans and the world. ATELIER is an alternative in a modern reality of cheap entertainment. So, if you want to be provoked, inspired and amazed, this is your ultimate getaway.

HISTORY:

Atelier was founded in the spring of 2008 by Camellia Petrova and Sava Dragunchev. The creative team was joined by director Nikolay Vassilev and director of photography Borislav Georgiev. Only after three episodes were broadcast on the National Television, ATELIER got nominated for the Golden Chest award and got broadcasting proposals from the French national channel for arts and culture – ARTE. BBC London also showed interest in buying the concept of the show. After the initial success, the Bulgarian National Television interrupted the broadcasting of the programme with the excuse of not having programming time for a show about arts and culture.

Since then, the creative team of ATELIER has been trying to get programming on other Bulgarian channels, unfortunately without much luck. The Bulgarian television programmers show very little, if any interest for a show on arts and culture. Meanwhile, the crew of ATELIER changed – Kamelia Petrova, the founder and chief editor was joined by more enthusiastic crew members – executive producer Boryana Kostova, director of photography Kamen Kolev and director Andrey Volkashin. The new crew kept shooting new episodes and looking for new and more attractive ways of presenting the content of the show.

In 2010 Alma Mater won the TV project “Building a European student television network” as part of the programme “Youth in Action”. As part of this project, the team of ATELIER made two international co-produced episodes with Journalism students from Lille and Paris, France.

After more than a year in tough negotiations for broadcasting the programme, ATELIER team decided to change its strategy and to concentrate its efforts towards the Internet. As a result, in December 2011 web TV Alma Mater was launched, giving ATELIER finally the opportunity to reach its audience.

CHARACTERS:

The characters of ATELIER are creative young people with their own distinctive style and point of view. They are young artists in the widest sense – from a teacher of mystical Indian dances to a filmmaker passionate about Mayan horoscope, from a sculptor who wants to turn cities into green gardens to a pop-folk music singer who is also a brilliant piano player. Characters of the show can also be places and events related to art.

If you are a young and creative person with a distinctive style and opinion, we want to hear from you! Share your passion and point of view on arts, society and life in general by becoming a character in the upcoming episodes of ATELIER!

KU-KU Reloaded is related to the legendary past student programme only by its name. Everything else is different – the time we live in, the bothering us problems, the challenges we are facing in our modern reality… In this reality, the elders sitting in the garden in front of the Turkish bathhouse, are gathered by new gossips, hectic morning stride is rushing to the new important decisions and newspapers rustle in the hands of other large and small events. Values ​​are still problematised, but questioning them seems particularly meaningful and even beautiful. Spiritual crises have become appealing, we like discovering our inner logic in the arguments of those who stray away from the ordinary – the men on the streets, the marginal characters who are not necessarily romantic, the sad dreamers from the various corners of Bulgaria. We are not forcing ourselves to be funny by all means. We prefer to differ with a smile, not laughter.

 

The National Student Television launched “KU-KU Reloaded” on July 27th, 2008. The pilot had a record rating on the BNT. The first directors of the show were Svetoslav Draganov and Kitodar Todorov. Even though “KU-KU Reloaded” had a really high rating, the BNT stopped broadcasting the show. In May 2011 bTV Media Group offered programming for “Ku-Ku Reloaded ” which was broadcast untill end of the year.

“Ku-Ku Reloaded ” was nominated for the “Golden Chest” and is a prize winner of the media festival “The Eighth Muse”. Today, more than 4 teams of writers, directors and actors work on the show. The doors of the television are always open for young people with ideas and opinion on the “topics of the day.”

“ProActive” is the newest show of TV Alma Mater, which informs young people about the opportunities in education and in the various professional fields. It deals with the important issues in their lives and interests, stimulates the formation of active citizenship on important public issues and the youth activity in volunteering.

The creators of the show are Laura Lyubenova and Lily Bouyuklyiska, and the pilot is directed by Boris Nikolov and shot by Dimitar Skobelev. However, the following episodes are produced by an entirely new crew – Boryana Kostova, Camellia Petrova, Kamen Kolev and Andrej Volkashin.

The show’s main goal is to encourage a more flexible, European education in Bulgaria – applying to universities and finding scholarships, practical training possibilities such as exchange programmes and internships, advantages and disadvantages of the education here compared to the rest of the world. How can education in Bulgaria be improved by implementing foreign experience and models of teaching, and how can students avoid the problem of bureaucracy in many schools in the country, and get better possibilities and better training. The show draws attention to the relationship between the dreams and ambitions of students to the reality of the professional world and labor market.

National Student Televison Alma Mater, Sofia

National bulgarian student television Alma mater is youth television for culture, education and youth policies with a status of “national public television” in Bulgaria.It started with student tv shows on Bulgarian national television- BNT1.By this moment Alma mater Tv has three lines : “Atellier” -student show for art and culture, “ProActive” – student show for education and science and Ku-Ku Reloaded – satiric student show. Alma mater Tv has it’s own webTv www.amtv.bg and creates every week different types of videoclips on subjects which ingage young people and students.


National bulgarian student television Alma mater developed an extensive partnership with many university television stations worldwide. Alma mater Tv is curently working on a TV project “Establishment and development of European student network TV” within “Youth in Action” program of the European Commission. This project envisages the creation of the Satelite Tv Program and Internet media platform on which to upload media content created by students around the world.

Another winning project is AMTV “National Multimedia University Center” under the Operational Programme “Human Resources”, which provides equipment for the AMTV.

In 2011 AMTV apply to Unesco with project for “International Youth audiovisual production center” based in Sofia and Paris.