Private Project

Don't Give Up

Don’t Give Up is a short documentary based on the story of Asen Asenov, whose life changes entirely after he gets hit by a car on a summer holiday in Greece. Even with all circumstances, he proves the human ability to overcome any unexpected obstacles that life brings us, inviting the audience on an inspirational emotional journey.

  • Betina Dimitrova
  • Betina Dimitrova
  • Betina Dimitrova
  • Asen Asenov
    Key Cast
    "Asen Asenov "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Hertfordshire
Director Biography - Betina Dimitrova

My name is Betina Dimitrova, and I'm currently finishing my BA (Hons) Film and TV Production degree at the University of Hertfordshire. I have previously worked on independent short films, music videos, commercials and have also worked as a co-editor of a full-length documentary. Additionally, I have been fortunate enough to gain professional work experience relating to my degree. I have picked up key skills, working full-time as an Assistant Editor, DIT, Production Runner, Post Production Assistant Coordinator and Film Funding Assistant on projects delivered to film companies such as Walt Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros, SONY Pictures, Universal Pictures etc.

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Director Statement

In February 2019, I found a Facebook page called 'Asen Asenov – El Arte de Vivir', which means 'The Art of Living' in English. Being highly impressed by Asen Asenov’s artwork, the idea of a short documentary came to my mind.

Surprisingly, when I found his contact details and called him, he told me he was in a wheelchair because of a car accident.

While watching this film, I wanted the audience to immerse themselves in the character’s emotions. He proves the human ability to overcome any unexpected obstacles that life brings us, using the power of art. For that reason, I chose the title 'Don’t Give Up', which summarizes the main idea of my project.

When life is tough, giving up always seems like the easiest option. In my opinion, the words ‘Give’ and ‘Up’ should never be together in your mind. Life is difficult, and when you face setbacks after setbacks, problem after problem, it can get tough to stay optimistic and keep going! This documentary reminds the audience that if you are strong enough, you can get through whatever problem you are facing, you can do anything – anything is possible!