Maya Vitkova was born on 27 May 1978, in Sofia. She graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 2001 and has worked as an assistant director, casting director and executive producer for over twenty national and international productions before becoming an independent filmmaker. In 2008 she executive produced Kamen Kalev’s Eastern Plays, which premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for the Camera d’Or. Eastern Plays was among the 3 finalists for the LUX Prize, in the official EFA selection, and Bulgaria’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
In 2009, Vitkova founded Viktoria Films, directing and producing two short films that would win wide international acclaim– Stanka Goes Home (2010). Viktoria Films acted as a production service company for projects, but its main occupation remained the development of Vitkova’s semi-autobiographic debut feature Viktoria.