Vanya Rainova is an award-winning writer and producer who is a partner at Portokal – an independent production company that supports emerging talent and established filmmakers in the development, production and distribution of their work. Portokal’s current claim to fame is international co-productions for short fiction and feature-length creative documentaries. In 2015 Vanya started working to bring that experience into producing feature films that have a distinct voice and aesthetics. She is currently in post-production with Andrey Paounov’s feature debut January and is developing three more feature-length debuts of emerging Bulgarian talent. Her films have been nominated for EFA and won awards at Clermont- Ferrand, ZINEBI, Brest, Krakow, Yerevan, and many others. Vanya holds an MFA in creative writing from The University of San Francisco and a BA in journalism from Ithaca College. She has attended Torino Film Lab and is a graduate of ExOriente(2009), Eurodoc (2015) and EAVE (2016).