Record Award Winning Movie


Simultaneously streamed online and screened at selected cinemas across Bulgaria

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136 awards, 19 categories, 49 countries

"The film had me sitting on the edge of my seat..." - Romford Film Festival

National Premiere – June 10th 2021


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2019  |  12+  |  1h 55min.  |  IMDb 7.8  |  Drama, Romantic, Action

Unheard story of a father using his daughter as bait in order to capture an outlaw. Heretofore unseen tale of the love between a fearless brigand and a noble lady with a fatal ending.

This is a story of the impossible love, seen through the eyes of an unexpected character: the incarnated soul of the main character – his horse.

   Coming autumn

ECU European Independent Film Festival
Burbank International Film Festival
Cannes International Independent Film Festival
International Sound & Film Music Festival 
Los Angeles Film Awards
Oniros Film Awards
London Independent Film Awards
Cyprus International Film Festival
Los Angeles Movie Awards
International Thai Film Festival
Antakya Film Festival
Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

See all below…


This beautiful adaptation of the famous Bulgarian story written by Yordan Yovkov, tells the story of Shibil and Rada. Set in the second half of the 19th Century, the weakened power of the Ottoman Empire has resulted in Bulgaria falling prey to disorder, robbery and violent outrage. 

Skill and bravery turn a local brigand, named Shibil, into a threat to the authorities and a legend among young men. A reward is proclaimed for Shibil’s head. During harvest time, Shibil meets Rada, the daughter of Veliko Kehaya, a rich merchant, and they fall in love. 

In order to demonstrate his loyalty to the Ottoman government, Veliko sets a trap for Shibil – using his own daughter against her will as bait. This is a story of the impossible love, seen through the eyes of an unexpected character – the incarnated soul of the main character, Shibil’s horse.


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  • Best Feature

  • Best International-European Feature

  • Best Director

  • Best First Time Director

  • Best Screenplay

  • Best Cinematographer

  • Best Original Score

  • Best Leading Actress

  • Best Leading Actor

  • Best Supporting Actor

  • Best Supporting Actress

  • Best Lighting

  • Best Sound Design

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Editing

  • Best Costume Design

  • Best Production

  • Best Trailer

Best Feature

First Clapper’s Mission

Youngsters shall make their debuts young!

First Clapper’s projects are fully ancillary to the principle ‘learning by doing’, where the imagination meets gravity.

Young creatives manage industry professionals, who in return protect and assist in accomplishing their ideas during the whole process of the project’s realization.

In a real working environment, knowledge and skills can be attained, professionally adequate reflexes can be cultivated, so that the final product has both creative and commercial value.

We are interested in the process of filmmaking; the film evolves on its own.

A Film with a Cause

Today the first step is a fact. The feature film ‘Shibil’ received the world’s recognition – 136 awards in 19 categories, 49 countries and on 6 continents.

ALL donated funds and resources from the screenings of ‘Shibil’ will be invested in the next debut project.

Fund the future of our cause


"Remember this person..."


TV Show "100% alert"

Nikola Bozhadzhiev and the contemporary Shibil 

"An emotional address to every human being..." 



Shibil with the festival premiere of Sofia Film Fest

"The themes of human sensitivity and soul unlock the human being at universal level..."


TV SHOW "time and a half"

Nikola Bozhadzhiev, contempotary Shibil and the cinema of senses 

shibil's business angels


“Shibil”’s Golden Partners contributed free of charge equipment, expertise or/and provided exceptional commercial discounts for this 'learning by doing' project

Functional Subject Matter Expert (SMEs)

The SME magicians devoted their time, expertise and energy at no cost to support the learning curve of the debutants' creative crew

Volunteers and friends

Many family members, friends and friends of our friends put time and attention to the most boring but at the same time most demanding part of any production - logistics infrastructure as well as warm and comfortable working environment.

Many thanks to all that trusted and devoted their own resources into such a valuable 'not-for-profit' project. All the funds that will come back form the commercialization success of Shibil will directly go for funding the next project of young and talented creators.


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