Ralitza Petrova (b. 1976, Sofia, Bulgaria) studied film and video art at University of the Arts London, and later fiction directing at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS). Her short films have won international acclaim at the festival circuit, including Cannes and Berlin. In 2016, her feature debut GODLESS premiered at Locarno Film Festival, where it won four awards, amongst them the Golden Leopard for Best Film. The film received 27 main awards, and a nomination for European Discovery 2017 – Prix FIPRESCI by the European Film Academy. Petrova is a fellow of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program 2019, where she developed her second feature LUST.
She is an alumna of TorinoFilmLab, Le Groupe Ouest, Nipkow Programm, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, and a member of the European Film Academy and Women in Film, Los Angeles.