A doorbell on a college student's dorm room rings. A teenager opens the door and spots a cardboard box on the floor. Looks around - nobody. Hesitant, he grabs the box and opens it. Inside he discovers a big red button. He presses it. Boom! An Instagram notification pops on screen: "You have 152 new followers." Soon the button fulfils every wish. Driven by his greed, in less than a minute, he becomes the wealthiest person on the planet. However, his actions have an effect: all this money was siphoned from the federal budget. BAM! A bomb explodes in the street. People protest against the government. A fully realised civil war rages all over America. What is the boy going to wish? Is he going to fix society, or is he going to do something else?

  • Slav Velkov
  • Slav Velkov
  • Slav Velkov
  • Slav Velkov
    Key Cast
  • Liam Kenny
    Directors of Photography
  • Matt Gioia
    Directors of Photography
  • Slav Velkov
    Editing and Sound Design
  • Guillermo Esparza
    Editing and Sound Design
  • Kylie Ramírez
    Production Design
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Fordham University
  • The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    December 5, 2020
  • Student Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 31, 2020
  • Young Filmmakers
    New York
    United States
    January 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • New York Short Film Tuesdays
    New York
    United States
    December 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • London International Monthly Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • American Filmatic Arts Awards
    New York
    United States
    February 20, 2021
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Slav Velkov

Slav Velkov is a Bulgarian filmmaker whose work has reached 1M+ people and has been screened at renowned international film festivals. In 2021, his short A New World premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York and was a semi-finalist at the Academy-Award qualifying Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival. His short documentary Change Bulgaria had 1M+ views and 4,549 shares on Facebook and inspired young people to stand up against governmental corruption. Most recently, Slav interned for The Wall Street Journal's video team, where he learned how to write, shoot, and edit under tight deadlines.

Slav has appeared on Bulgarian National Television, Bulgaria on Air TV, and other prominent media as part of his films' marketing campaigns. Slav holds a BA degree in Film & TV and Visual Arts from Fordham University, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the James Storey Award for artistic excellence and the William F. DiPietra Film Award.

Slav's quest in art is finding an honest and universal beauty, starting with the individual but ultimately hinting at a transcendent formal truth. He references the past millennia's three major artistic and ideological movements: monotheism, humanism, and paganism. Similarly to Early Renaissance art, he depicts humans in a dimensional and idiosyncratic way. However, he places his subjects in larger and often abstract formal structures to reconcile humanist anthropocentrism with Medieval asceticism.

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