Maia Iotzova

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Montreal, Canada
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I am a filmmaker and a media artist who grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. I immigrated to Canada and in 2002 completed a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

My love for the natural environment led her to explore documentary storytelling. My first film Grass Through Concrete (72 min, ©2005) chronicled a community struggle to stop the construction of a four lane expressway through the large urban park The Red Hill Valley in Hamilton, Ontario.

After that experience, I decided to pursue filmmaking and my interest turned to author cinema. I developed a personal storytelling approach that draws on my intercultural perspective and uses experimental cinema techniques. Green Dream, an exploration of our intimate relationship with nature in the urban setting, is my first author film.

Along with three other collaborators I00 started The Wild City Mapping Project, an open source creative map of the wild green spaces in Montreal. My dream is to one day bring this project to Sofia, Bulgaria.

Inspired by…

  • Agnes Varda, Peter Liechti, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Bulgarian cinema