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Producer Assya Dimova brings together powerful storytellers in film
From raising funds and managing the budget to finding the best crew members to head each department and the most desirable shooting locations, film producers wear many hats over the course of a production.

A role that, in order to be truly successful, requires one who is able to balance the logical aspects of what it takes to make a film and ensure the efficiency of the production without losing sight of the creative art that drive the project, the work of a film producer is easily one of the most challenging behind the scenes roles. Taking on such a diverse range of functions while also remaining fiercely passionate about a project after having worked on its development for months, sometimes even years, appeals to a very unique type of people.

Assya Dimova, who's been working consistently as both a producer and line producer for a little over a decade, is one of those uniquely skilled individuals. Dimova has become known across continents for her work as a producer behind a diverse range of projects such as the 2013 dramatic film "The Voice," which was chosen as an Official Selection of the Beloit International Film Festival and the Illinois International Film Festival, the 2015 dramatic western "Stygian," which was chosen as an Official Selection of the Wild Bunch Film Festival, Globe International Silent Film Festival, New Filmmakers Los Angeles and others, the 2016 family drama "Raghad," which was awarded at the IndieFest Film Awards, Accolade Global Film Competition and Global Impact Film Festival, as well as Reutan Collective's sci-fi series "Un-Supers."

About what draws her to a project, Dimova explains, "It's usually a mix of the story, themes and the people who are involved. I believe it was Nina Jacobson, a female producer I admire, who said, 'As a producer, you can't break up with your own project. It's like sleeping with someone that you don't likeā€¦Forever'."

Jacobson's quote not only speaks to the unwavering dedication a producer needs to devote towards their project, but it also explains why Dimova is so selective about the projects she produces.

She says, "Ultimately, the final factor is the story-- is it intelligent and emotionally honest? My goal is to produce smart and original content that encourages people to think, feel and laugh."

Hailing from Sofia, Bulgaria, Dimova spent the majority of her early 20s living and working between Italy and Germany before relocating to the U.S. several years ago. Her previous career in economics equipped her with the ability to clearly see the business side of the projects she produces and the steps necessary to ensure they reach their intended end goal; but it's her passion for visual storytelling and her unique talent for finding strong filmmakers with powerful stories to tell that has made such a sought after producer.

Last year Dimova was brought on to produce Neil Brookshire's documentary film "Farfalle Bianche," which premiered at the Door Kinetic Arts Festival in June where it received the Audience Favorite and Jury Award in the Wisconsin Film category.

Written by Kaila Conley-Coversi, the primary subject in "Farfalle Bianche," the film follows Kaila, a young Italian-American woman who grew up between Italy and England, as she travels to rural America where she explores her intimate connection to the country.

As the producer of the film Dimova added integral creative input in the early editing stages when it came to determining the flow and sound present in the final release of "Farfalle Bianche," in addition to developing the film's release strategy, film festival submissions and all of the marketing materials. Having its premiere earlier this year, "Farfalle Bianche" is expected to begin its film festival run in 2018.

"Farfalle Bianche" director Neil Brookshire says, "I'm impressed with Assya Dimova's aptitude for her work and her passion for storytelling. In a collaborative art form such as filmmaking, she is the one on our team who is making it possible for our projects to be seen."

Brookshire says 'projects' because "Farfalle Bianche" is not the first time he's tapped Dimova to come on board to produce one of his films. She recently produced his upcoming dramatic film "Upper Fields," as well as the comedy "Get in the Truck."

Dimova says, "I love working with Neil because he is always so dedicated to his craft and I love collaborating and helping people who have a dream and the drive to constantly pursue it."

Additionally, Dimova has several films in post-production, which are expected to be released within the next few months, including Aaron M. Mills ("Hunger," "Microbes") "Just One Date" starring award-winning actor Tony Papaleo ("Black Magic," "Heaven is Hell") and Neil Brookshire's "Get In the Truck" starring  Ty Fanning ("Hollis," "Secrets of a Psychopath") and the dramatic film "Upper Fields."

Dimova is also in the early stages of pre-production with the upcoming psychological thriller film "Outer Dark."

She says, "The film brings back most of the team from Stygian for the first time and I am excited to see how our new experiences have evolved us creatively."

When she's not fully immersed producing projects, Dimova uses her skill in the field to judge the work of other filmmakers as a curator at several film festivals around the world, including the Hollywood Film Festival, Wisconsin's Beloit International Film Festival and the Leiden International Film Festival in Holland. Her keen eye for talent and powerful stories that have the potential to be made into hit films has also led her to come in as a script reader for several high-profile production companies over the years, such as MarVista Entertainment and Storied Media Group.

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