Help us #SavePirin

Short film – dir. Simeon Tsonchev

Pirin Mountain, a natural UNESCO World Heritage site, is under threat by a new management plan that would permit logging and construction.

Pirin Mountain under threat by logging and construction

Pirin Mountain is a natural UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Bulgaria’s three national parks; it includes several Natura 2000 Protected Areas. Here grows Baykushevata Mura, a tree from the rare Bosnian Pine species. It is estimated to be over 1 300 years old, making it Bulgaria’s oldest coniferous tree, and one of the oldest trees in the world. Pirin Mountain provides a home for golden eagles, capercaillies, brown bears, short-toed eagles, pygmy owls, three-toed woodpeckers… a total of 294 rare species, 176 relict species, and 15 species included in the European conventions of endangered species. Pirin will take your breath away with 186 crystal-clear glacial lakes, pristine natural sites and forests untouched by humans.

A new management plan threatens to expand the area of permitted construction 14 times. About 60% of the territory of Pirin National Park will be legally open for logging. At present logging within its boundaries is strictly prohibited.

Pirin’s nature is a treasure that we need to preserve. Send a letter to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and ask him to intervene and to stop Pirin’s destruction.

Idea and client

Campaign of WWF International in protection of Pirin National Park.

Technical specs

  • release date: November 2016
  • filming format: 2K
  • screening formats: HDHDVBDDVD
  • picture: colour, 1.78:1
  • sound: stereo 2.0
  • runtime: 2 min
  • original language: Bulgarian
  • subtitles: English, Bulgarian, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Dutch, Russian
  • IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt26473356
  • website: monoco.eu/savepirin


  • director and editor – Simeon Tsonchev
  • directors of photography – Simeon Tsonchev, Stoil Dimitrov, Vladislav Terziyski, Borislav Georgiev, Dimitar Dimitrov, Jamen Percy, Jens Klingebiel, Norway Stock, Ondrej Prosicky
  • production assistant – Anton Zdravkov
  • music – Allegro Cinematique © 2016 Haim Mazar
  • colourist – Kalin Petrov
  • postproduction supervisor – Andrey Getov
  • translator – Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov
  • producers – Simeon Tsonchev and Martina Popova
  • production – Mono Collective and WWF Bulgaria

Kindly supported by

Blagoy Ovcharov, Dr. Momchil Panayotov, Dobrina Peeva, Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Antelope Audio, Bozhana Chalukova, Dimitar Dimitrov, Za Zemiata

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