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IT BEGAN WITH EMBERS

Itchy Rodent Films came into existence from the ashes of the pandemic. Eager to get back to being creative, we gathered up the usual suspects of professionals working in the Pacific Northwest and we made the short film “Embers”. Benjamin Ross Johnson wrote and directed. Bogdan Darev produced. 

In 2022 “Embers” started the Film Festival Circuit with premieres in Germany, Ireland, Italy, France, Brazil and the US to name a few of the countries. To date the film has been accepted and showcased in 72 Film Festivals. It has won many awards including:

Washington Film Awards
(Best Child Actress, Piper Saunders)
Milan Gold Awards
(Silver Awards for Actress, Bianca Raso, and Cinematography, David Burns, plus an Honorable Mention for Benjamin Ross Johnson)
Hollywood Gold Awards
(Silver Award for Cinematography, David Burns)
Venice Shorts
(Best Producer, Bogdan Darev)
Stockholm City Film Festival
(Best Cinematography, David Burns)
Naples Film Awards
(Best Indie Short Film)
Golden Harvest Film Festival
(Best Drama)

Itchy Rodent Films is currently in development for Benjamin Ross Johnson’s feature film debut. To stay up to date subscribe to Humanity and Magic Lanterns - a newsletter by Mr. Johnson.

To make inquiries (only serious inquiries, please) or/and invest in the film email us here.


KAVAL PARK TAKES ON THE WORLD

Filmed over 3 years, our documentary “Kaval Park” picked up where "Embers" left off and has been touring the world since the summer of 2022. Itchy Rodent Films is paving the way for an audience centric distribution model, where the film makers travel with, present their film and meet with audiences worldwide. Fostering and nurturing such a relationship is key to the longevity and success of our enterprise.

To date, director and producer Bogdan Darev has premiered the film in 45 destinations across the US, Canada and Bulgaria. Recently, the film made such an impression that the Agency for Bulgarians Abroad and the Ministry of Exterior for Bulgaria invited “Kaval Park” to open the cycle of celebrations commemorating 120 years of diplomacy between Bulgaria and the USA. The celebration which takes us back to 1903 was attended by Bulgaria's vice-president Iliana Iotova. The word tour continues through 2023.

This year, Itchy Rodent Films is going into the production of two more documentaries directed by Bogdan Darev. Sign up for Mr. Darev’s newsletter Follow The Pen (And The Camera)

“I loved the movie and the arc of the main character! I also loved the intimate setting of the world tour, the Q&A and the sense of community it creates.”

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TEAM MANAGER


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MARTIN PETROV

EDITOR/COLORIST


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YASMINA DRAGANOVA

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER


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EMIL MITOV

COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGN


Mariya APOSTOLOVA

ART DIRECTOR


MATHEW SKALA

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY


DANIEL MIMURA

DP/STEADICAM OP


DAVID BURNS

DP/DIRECTOR


VESsy IVANOVA

ANIMATOR


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EVA DIMITROVA

SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT


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NIKOLETA HADZHIKOSEVA

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