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Flying Away (2013)

Documentary film – dir. Simeon Tsonchev

Film Details


Bulgaria is home for an amazing number of wild birds – over 400 species! In Europe only the skies of Spain beat that number.

The film takes us on an exciting journey to the bedazzling bird world in the southeastern end of our continent. Tyulenovo and Durankulak are trapped in the severe grip of the winter ice and snow but the Red-breasted Geese still prefer this land for their wintering territory. The Long-legged Buzzards protect their kingdom from the sky above the majestic Belogradchik Rocks. Deep in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains we can still admire the Egyptian Vulture, one of the most intelligent birds in the world. Along the Arda River Canyon, surrounded by volcanic rock, Griffon Vultures scramble clumsily for food. The mysterious stone dolmens in Sakar Mountain enjoy the company of the last 23 pairs of Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria. Just outside the city of Burgas a popular bird, the White Stork, displays its character; flocks of pelicans glide impressively over the apartment blocks, and the female waders enjoy the summer bliss attended by their thin-billed suitors in the warm waters of sea lagoons.


  • Red-breasted Goose
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Imperial Eagle
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • White Pelican
  • White Stork
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pied Avocet
  • and
  • Black Stork, Citrine Wagtail, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Garganey, Glossy Ibis, Golden Eagle, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Magpie, Marsh Harrier, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Pygmy Cormorant, Raven, Red-crested Pochard, Shelduck, Short-toed Eagle, Smew, Spoonbill, Tufted Duck, White-fronted Goose, White-tailed Eagle & Whooper Swan


  • narrated by – Hristo Topuzov
  • bird watchers – Hristo Gardov & Emil Ivanov
  • children – Students from the Bratya Miladinovi & St. Kliment Ohridski Schools in Burgas


  • director, director of photography & editor – Simeon Tsonchev
  • consulting ornithologist – Dr Petar Iankov
  • scriptwriter – Ognyan Statelov
  • original music score – Maya Popova & Filip S. Filipov
  • species consultants – Hristo Gardov, Dimitar Gradinarov, Vladimir Dobrev, Dobromir Dobrev & Vladimir Mladenov
  • second camera – Ivaylo Donchev
  • remote control camera – Volen Arkumarev & Sergey Panayotov
  • production assistants – Emil Ivanov & Kalin Petrov
  • sound designer – Maya Popova
  • colourist – Kalin Petrov
  • guides & locations – Hristo Gardov, Dimitar Gradinarov, Vladimir Dobrev, Dobromir Dobrev, Vladimir Mladenov & Yuriy Kornilev
  • script editor – Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov
  • sound recording – Antonia Devetakova & Konstantin Katsarski
  • post-production supervisor – Andrey Getov
  • translation – Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov
  • poster designer – Sofia Dimitrova
  • public relations – Elena Mosholova
  • transport – Emil Ivanov, Petyo Tsonchev, Hristo Gardov, Dimitar Gradinarov, Ivaylo Donchev, Vladimir Dobrev & Yuriy Kornilev
  • producers – Simeon Tsonchev & Nada Tosheva
  • production – Mono Collective & BSPB
  • funding – America for Bulgaria Foundation
  • coordinators
  • BSPB Sofia – Nada Tosheva, Emilia Yankova & Tea Ivanova
  • BSPB Varna – Marina Georgieva & Pavel Gospodinov
  • BSPB Haskovo – Nikolay Terziev
  • BSPB Burgas – Iana Gocheva & Mariana Valcheva

Kindly supported by

Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov, Anton Stamenov, Pencho Pandukov, Dimitar Vulchanov, Krasimir Amerov, Hristo Arnaudov, Rumen Radev, Georgi Georgiev, Venelin Velikov, Boyko Neov, Nely Olova, Victor Bojilov, Pavel Bojilov, Tsvetanka Milchova, Ivayla Klimentova, Martin Karadjov, Stoyan Nikolov, Zhivko Ivanov, Pesho Stanilov, Dimitar Demerdjiev, Svetoslav Spasov, Nikolay Terziev, Dimitar Gradinarov, Stoyna Krusteva, Atanas Krustev, Iana Gocheva, Georgi Gyuzelev, Konstantin Gospodinov, Yordanka Koeva, Ivan Tormanov, Studen Kladenets Hunting Reserve, BSPB Nature Conservation Centre – Eastern Rhodopes, BSPB Nature Conservation Centre – Poda, Forest Guard Balchik, Balchik State Hunting Area, Rosana Travel, Neophron Tours, Salt-factory Burgas AD, Bluba Lu Records, Sound 9 Studio,, Totka Dencheva & Tsonevi – village of Turhovo, Nenovi – Sofia, Tsonchevi – Sofia

Special thanks to

Vladimir Trifonov & Cinema House, Sofia, Slavina Ilieva &, Nikola Milenov & Forward Pictures, Branimir Dobrev, Stoil Dimitrov, Stefan Nikolov, Mihail Lozanov, Katya Marchovska, Tanya Petkova, Natalia Ivanova, Dilyana Manavska, Boris Nenov, Tsveta Nesheva, Teodora Petrova, Hristiyana Stomonyakova, Mariana Andreeva & Filmautor

The film was produced between November 2011 and August 2012 on locations entirely in Bulgaria: Black Sea Coast, North-Western Region, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Sakar Mountain & Burgas Lakes

Technical fact sheet

Flying Away (2013) can be distributed in two versions with different duration – a 40-minute original version and 5 independent short episodes:

  • original title: Те отлитат Te otlitat
  • alternate titles: Flying Away
  • country: Bulgaria
  • date of production: April 2013
  • filming format: HD 1080p
  • screening formats: HD, BD, DVD
  • picture: colour, 16:9 wide screen
  • sound: stereo 2.0
  • original language: Bulgarian
  • subtitles: English
  • IMDb:
  • website:
  • original version: Flying Away – 40′
  • episodes:
    Red-breasted Geese – 8′16′′
    Long-legged Buzzard – 7′
    Vultures – 8′39′′
    Imperial Eagle – 6′53′′
    Storks, Pelicans, Waders – 13′36′′

Music Score

In 2012/2013 composers Maya Popova and Filip S. Filipov created the original music score for Flying Away (2013).

You can hear the soundtrack here:


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