Galya Stoyanova is a photographer, aspiring documentary film director, and member of the IRFC (International Romani Film Commission). In 2012 she completed a six-month training internship at the Romedia Foundation in Budapest, where she developed her first short documentary, Pages of My Book, and worked as an assistant to the director on several feature-length documentaries including 3Brothers. She actively participated in implementing various projects such as documentaries and social empowerment campaigns, as well as the first and third editions of the BUVERO Media Camp for Roma Women, which focuses on gender-based issues. Furthermore, in her capacity as a lawyer, Galya Stoyanova has relevant experience in the international Romani movement.
Galya started her work as an activist whilst she was a first-year student at the University Of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a Master of National Security and Master of Law. After her graduation, she continued her work as an intern in the European Commission in Brussels, where she decided to shift her career and use her experience to develop her work with cinematography. In 2015 she was part of the winning presentation team campaigning for Plovdiv in Bulgaria to be designated the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Her projects are thematically related to her strong interest in women’s rights, poverty, LGBTQ rights and minority rights.
2018 Lesbian Echo (working title)
2013 Pages of My Book