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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been an intense few months since we found out that our short film BLINDSIDE would be part of the Cannes Short film Corner as part of Cannes Film Festival 2012.

First came the initial joy and happiness after reading the email of accreditation for the Short Film Corner and then came the question of possibly getting to Cannes. The first thing I had on my mind was “How do I get there? I can’t afford it. How much would the trip cost?”

Then I checked the prices of airfare and accommodation at Cannes.  To get to Cannes and have accommodation I would need around NZ$6,000. The airfare was around the NZ$3,200 from Auckland to Cannes and Accommodation was around $2,200 for the whole 12 days that I would stay there. Usually everyone who visits Cannes for the festival books tickets and accommodation 4-6months in advance to get the best prices. It was a pleasant surprise for all of us that we managed to make it happen.





Thanks to Kay Rayner, Jonathon Rayner-Burt, Phil Greeves and Chantal Rayner-Burt an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign was created at the beginning of April, and with the help of friends, family and fans of BlindSide, we managed to collect half of the amount by 2nd of May just 12 days before I was to take off for Cannes. I worked very hard to collect the other half of the funds I needed and I managed to do so just in time.

My parents helped me with deposits and expenses for the promo materials I am taking to Cannes to promote future projects we have worked on.


I am so grateful to my parents and family for helping me over the years to follow my dreams and become a filmmaker. Right next to them are all my friends, who I love to bits as well, and I am so thankful for their help every day on set and off set, and for their continuous support and encouragement.


Now my bags are packed and I hope I haven’t forgotten anything I need for my trip. I thought I would be able to relax a bit before I set off but all the excitement and butterflies in the stomach and happy but nervous feeling are keeping me hyped up and not giving me the chance to relax as much as I’d hoped.

Well, I will have a 10 hour flight from Auckland to Singapore from 12pm tomorrow midday. Then follows a 13 hour flight from Singapore to Paris and then a short flight from Paris to Nice. From Nice I catch a train, or a bus, or any kind of transport, to Cannes. I will be looking forward to a nice sleep I guess after 23-24hour flights.

I will be in Cannes around 9am on the 15th of May. Just the day before opening of the 65th Cannes Film Festival 2012. I will have a nice sleep I hope and then who knows? The next day I go to reception, collect my pass and get to work.


This is my first time ever going to Cannes, or to any festival at all. Also, this is my first time out of New Zealand after me and my family arrived in Auckland on 23rd of November 2002 at 14:30pm. I remember that day like it was yesterday. My parents worked for years very, very, hard to get our family to New Zealand to start a new life and give us opportunities in life. It was very hard on my parents to achieve this and I am so grateful for what they did for me, my brother and my sister. Now it’s our turn to make them proud of what they did for us all those years. Mom and Dad, thank you so much. You are the best.

So now back to the topic I started;
I have registered for a few workshops at Cannes. As an accredited filmmaker I received quite a few emails with workshops and events which I had to register for and I had to be approved for me to be able to attend. So far all workshops I applied for I will be able to attend and my schedule is getting quite busy. Since this is my first time I am trying to do as much as I can while I am there.
No time to waste.. haha

I will do my best to keep everyone posted with what’s happening each day and share some photos every day I am there.

Keep an eye on the BLINDSIDE Facebook Page as well as the ZODIAC ENTERTAINMENT Website and you can follow us for more updates on the BLINDSIDE Twitter Page


To top up the good news; both BLINDSIDE and PLAYMATES have been accepted to the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival in October 2012.

HUGE Congrats to Cast and Crew.

PLAYMATES is on Facebook

Check out this interview Dimi did today with Amy Maas from

Film-maker’s short film makes it to Cannes

AMY MAAS     Last updated 15:18 31/03/2012

Dimi Nakov
DIRECTOR: Dimi Nakov.

SELF-FUNDED: Blind Side.

A local film-maker who self-funded his latest project by working as a camera operator and runner will see his hard work pay off when it screens at a prestigious short film festival.

BlindSide, a self-funded independent short film, will be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner as part of the Cannes Film Festival 2012 in May.

Dimi Nakov, the film’s director, said he was “reluctant” to enter the film into the prestigious festival.

“Cannes is very prestigious and I wasn’t sure how a low-budget film like this could afford the submission fee. But in the end, we submitted it and were really surprised that it got in.” he said.

BlindSide, which was shot over nine weekends, focuses on a white middle-class family embroiled in domestic violence.

Read the full article here

AUT University Journalism Publication “TE WAHA NUI” this week featured an article on Dimi’s Cannes trip;

Happy and humbled – director of dark film heads for bright lights of Cannes

By ⋅ May 10, 2012

An Auckland-based filmmaker is off to this year’s Cannes Film Festival after successfully fundraising for his trip on the internet.

Dimi Nakov is “happy and humbled”
about the success of his short film,
Blindside.  Photo: Supplied

Dimi Nakov, director and producer of Blindside, is “happy and humbled” that his short film is included in this year’s Cannes Short Film Corner digital library.

This inclusion allows Nakov to join film workshops and networking events during the festival and is also an opportunity to sell future projects to international film buyers.

Blindside, a dark film about domestic abuse in Kiwi households, was self-funded by Nakov who was hesitant at first to attend the festival.

Read the full article here

HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE involved with all 3 shorts and everyone who helped me to get to Cannes to promote BLINDSIDE and a few other Projects. Also I wish I was part of this year 48 Hour Challenge in New Zealand.

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The tremendous support given to the Get Dimi to Cannes 2012 fundraising campaign, we are now happy to be able to confirm that Dimi Nakov has now booked his flights and accommodation.

The fund was the idea of Phil Grieves (Zodiac Entertainment) and Kay Rayner  (Earthwire Productions).
Jonathon Rayner-Burt (Earthwire Productions) set it up and administered the campaign.

Our sincere thanks are due to them and to every single person who contributed to the campaign.

Thank you all so much!

Now Dimi is deep into preparations for his trip to make absolutely sure that he makes the most of this fantastic opportunity.  He hopes to be able to meet with the many like-minded people who go to Cannes and make some valuable contacts, with the ultimate aim of helping Zodiac Entertainment to produce high quality projects from its extensive slate.