Nikolay Michaylov | Cinematographer | Director

August 10, 2022 — So Much Tenderness premiering at TIFF!

So Much Tenderness will have it’s world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Contemporary World Cinema programs!

August 4, 2022 — Concrete Valley world premiere at TIFF!

Concrete Valley will be premiering at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Wavelengths section!

March 22, 2022 — New video for PUP released today :)

March 30, 2021 — BAD OMEN nominated for 2021 Canadian Screen Award!

Bad Omen has been nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for the Best Live Action Short Drama category!

March 10, 2021 — Anne at 13,000 Ft wins Roger’s Best Canadian Film Award from Toronto Film Critics Association!

Anne at 13,000 Ft has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2020 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award🙂

February 19, 2021 — Anne at 13,000 Ft released in Canada!

Anne at 13,000 Ft has it’s national release via the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox. The film is available across Canada.

The film will also be available as a part of the MDFF Retrospective being held by The Cinematheque in Vancouver from March 5 until April 1!

Films included: How Heavy This Hammer, Fail to Appear and Scaffold

February 8, 2021 — Interview with L’Union des Chef Opérateurs

I had the chance to talk with Thomas Lallier about BAD OMEN for an article for L’Union des Chef Opérateurs.
Check out the interview by clicking the picture above!

February 8, 2021 — Anne at 13,000 Feet nominated for Toronto Film Critics Association award!

ANNE AT 13,000 FEET was just nominated for a Rogers Best Canadian Film Award 2020 by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

December 16, 2020 — BAD OMEN and EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS will have their European premiere’s at Clermont-Ferrand!

BAD OMEN and EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS will be playing as a part of the 2021 Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand. Both will be playing in the 33rd International Competition.

December 8, 2020 — ORACLE on short of the week

Oracle from Aaron Poole on Vimeo.

ORACLE is playing as a short of the week check it out here or watch above

December 1, 2020 — Every Day’s Like This to premiere at Slamdance!

EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS will be playing at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival!

October 5, 2020 — BAD OMEN wins Best Canadian Short Film at VIFF!

September 3, 2020 — BAD OMEN, PARLOUR PALM, and EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS to PLAY VIFF 2020!

BAD OMEN, PARLOUR PALM, and EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS will all be playing as a part of the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Both Bad Omen and Every Day’s Like this will play as a part of the Short Forum: Programme 4 and Parlour Palm will play as a part of the Short Forum: Programme 2.

The still above is from Bad Omen. Check out an image from Parlour Palm below:

August 25, 2020 — EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS @ TIFF 2020

EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year in the Short Cuts Programme 04!

Check out the poster below:

August 12, 2020 — CUTAWAY on Criterion Channel

CUTAWAY is currently playing on the Criterion Channel. The film is paired with Robert Bresson’s L’Argent. Check out the interview with director Kaz here

July 23, 2020 — SOFIA playing Gimli Film Festival tonight!

My short film, Sofia, will be streaming live for FREE tonight as a part of the 20th Annual Gimli Film Festival. It will be streaming along 5 other short films in the From The Streets section.

Link to stream here and a direct YouTube link here

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Right now in Bulgaria, people all over the country are protesting the corruption of their government in power. Since Bulgaria’s 2007 introduction into the European Union and a political shift to the right in 2013, Bulgarians have been hoping for a positive change from the depressive pre-90s Soviet-era communism. However, post-communist Bulgarian politics have often been muddied with the collusion of local mafias and servility to the ultra-rich oligarchs whose communist roots enabled them to maintain influence after acquisition of government run facilities for little money. In 2020, Bulgaria is the poorest nation in the European Union. In regards to freedom of presss, the country ranks amongst the lowest in Europe. The government continues to have wide spread control over Bulgaria’s media. Talk to the average person living in Bulgaria and the story is consistent – they are poor, they are desperate and they are consistently afraid of the powers that be. Now, tens of thousands of people are demonstrating and they will not stop until the corrupt government is held accountable for their abuse of power. On July 23 my short film SOFIA will be playing as a part of the 20th Annual Gimli Film Festival (@gimlifilm). This film offers a small glimpse into the experiences Bulgarian people face everyday while contrasted with the beauty that I find in the place of my birth. Please tune in this Thursday for a FREE online screening of my film (in addition to 5 other shorts) at 7:30 EDT with a Q&A with myself and the other filmmakers. Link in bio and I hope you enjoy 🤍🤍🤍🤍 💚💚💚💚 ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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February 18, 2020 — Anne at 13,000 Ft nominated for Best Picture at Canadian Screen Awards!

Anne at 13,000 Ft was just nominated in 4 categories for Canadian Screen Awards:

2020 Best Motion Picture
2020 Achievement in Direction – Kazik Radwanski
2020 Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Deragh Campbell
2020 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Matt Johnson

January 20, 2020 — Anne at 13,000 Ft European premiere at the 70th Annual Berlinale!

Anne at 13,000 Ft will have its European premiere in the Forum section of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival!

December 19, 2019 — ORACLE selected to play at Slamdance!

ORACLE will be playing at 2019 Slamdance Film Festival as a part of their narrative shorts section.

December 11, 2019 — ANNE AT 13,000 FT selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten

TIFF has released their 2019 Canada’s Top Ten and Anne At 13,000 FT has been selected as one of the features. The film will have its Canadian theatrical release in the new year. Its American release through Cinema Guild will also happen in 2020.

December 10, 2019 — Glitter’s Wild Women Vimeo Staff Pick

Glitter’s Wild Women was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Check it out below:

Glitter’s Wild Women from Roney on Vimeo.

December 2, 2019 — Tim Horton’s commercial

This fall I had the pleasure of contributing to this Tim Horton’s spot. Watch below 🙂

November 15, 2019 — New video for Flordia Pipe drops on BOOOOOOOM

Check out the new video for FLORIDA PIPE below:


ORACLE wins the grand prize in the national short film competition at FNC!

September 4, 2019 — SOFIA to premiere at VIFF 2019

My newest short film – Sofia – will have it’s world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It will be playing in the Future//Present program.

Also premiering at VIFF are Anne at 13,000 Ft (also in F//P) and Flood in the shorts program Permanent Records

August 8, 2019 — ANNE AT 13,000 FT to premiere in Platform!

ANNE AT 13,000 FT will be competing in the Platform competition at TIFF 2019. The film will also play in Future//Present at VIFF!

July 31, 2019 — Two shorts at TIFF!

Two films I shot – FLOOD and ORACLE – will be playing in the Short Cuts programme at TIFF 2019. Trailers below



June 21, 2019 — Team Canada announce “Be You” campaign

Check out the most recent spot I shot for Team Canada:

February 12, 2019 — HAUS international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand!

HAUS had it’s International premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival on February 2. Watch director Joseph Amenta speak about the film below:


October 25, 2018 — OLD WOUNDS wins UKMVA!

OLD WOUNDS has won a UK Music Video Award for Best Interactive Video!

September 5, 2018 — VICE releases new TROJAN “The First Time” ads

I shot some ads for “Trojan’s “The First Time” series. Check them out on VICE and watch below:



August 22, 2018 — HAUS and GWW @ VIFF!

HAUS and GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN will both be playing at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival this October!

Trailer for HAUS below:

August 1, 2018 — GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN to premiere at TIFF 2018!

GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN will premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Canadian Shorts Program.

Trailer below:

July 24, 2018 — HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER month long run on MUBI

HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER will be part of a screening series on MUBI called CANADA’S NEXT GENERATION. The film is part of a collection of other really amazing films.

Watch the film here

Streaming service Mubi offers a new wave of Canadian filmmakers some much deserved exposure, The Globe and Mail, 2018
Kazik Radwanski Introduces His Film “How Heavy This Hammer”, MUBI, 2018

July 3, 2018 — JIANTS – PLAN released today!

A music video I shot for the band JIANTS was released today.
Check out PLAN below:

NOW TORONTO – How former pro skateboarder Jesse Landen ended up in Jiants
INDIE88 – Local Indie Rockers Jiants Share Video for “Plan”


CANADIAN BEAT – Five Questions with Jiants

June 6, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR Toronto Premiere June 7!

FAIL TO APPEAR will have its Toronto premiere tomorrow at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a part of the MDFF Selects series. This will be followed by a week long run also at the Lightbox. Info here.

Related press below:
The Globe and Mail Review – Fail to Appear is an utterly watchable piece of experimental Canadian film
TIFF Review – Call of Duty: A Film Critic Goes Before the Camera
NOW – Review: indie film Fail To Appear is simple yet powerful
Toronto Film Critics Association – An Interview With: Antoine Bourges

Trailer below:

June 5, 2018 — SCAFFOLD to play in Hamburg and Palm Springs

SCAFFOLD will be playing this week in Hamburg as a part of the 34th Hamburg International Film Festival in the International Shorts – Sore Losers program.

It will also be playing later this month as a part of the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest in the Same Planet, Different Worlds program.

May 22, 2018 — CHERRY COLA playing at 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

CHERRY COLA will screen on May 31 at the 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival as part of the LOCAL HEROES shorts program!

Watch the trailer below:

April 25, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR @ BAFICI and SCAFFOLD in LA

This past month FAIL TO APPEAR had it’s South American premier in Buenos Aries at BAFICI.

Locarno Festival brought a selection of films to Los Angeles and SCAFFOLD was included in their shorts program!

March 30, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR at Art of the Real!

FAIL TO APPEAR will have it’s American premiere at Art of the Real at the Lincoln Centre in New York!

March 27, 2018 — OLD WOUNDS shortlisted for 2018 Prism Prize !

Pup’s “OLD WOUNDS” has been shortlisted for the 2018 Prism Prize. The winner will be announced on May 13!

March 7, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR European premiere at Cinéma du Réel

FAIL TO APPEAR will have its European premiere at Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou in Paris!

January 12, 2018 — (rough cut) on Short of the Week

(rough cut) was chosen for SHORT OF THE WEEK!
Watch below:

January 10, 2018 — The Argument (with annotations) at First Look 2018

The Argument (with annotations) had it’s U.S. premiere at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on Friday, January 5th (playing before Blake Williams’ PROTOTYPE) and will be showcased in the First Look Shorts program on January 15th!

December 13, 2017 — OLD WOUNDS #1 Canadian music video of the year according to EXCLAIM!

Pup’s “OLD WOUNDS” has been named #1 Canadian music video of 2017 according to EXCLAIM! magazine!

Adventure below:

December 13, 2017 — The Argument part of The 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

The Argument (with annotations) will be playing at the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival on January 14th!

Watch the trailer below:

November 23, 2017 — HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER plays Acropolis in LA

HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER will be playing a double feature with Ashley Mckenzie’s WEREWOLF at the Acropolis Theatre in LA on December 12!

November 22, 2017 — IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE plays Kaunas IFF

IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE will be playing at the 2017 Kaunas International Film Festival along side SCAFFOLD in the shorts program “REVELATIONS”.

October 28, 2017 — (roughcut) Vimeo staff pick!

(rough cut) has been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks!
Watch below:

September 26, 2017 — IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE playing at FNC!

My short film IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE will be playing at the 46th annual Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in the FOCUS QUÉBEC/CANADA section.

SCAFFOLD also plays this festival in the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION!

September 21, 2017 — FAIL TO APPEAR profiled in the Globe and Mail

I was interviewed by The Globe and Mail and was asked to talk about shooting FAIL TO APPEAR.

This is their wonderful piece on the film, myself, and it’s collaborators.

Fail to Appear, screening at VIFF, showcases a new wave of Toronto talent

It is a fool’s game to crown any film a surefire buzz generator going into an event as large as the Vancouver International Film Festival, but here goes anyway. Fail to Appear, the debut feature from Canadian director Antoine Bourges, is a quiet gem that draws the viewer in from its opening frame – a long, steady shot of office equipment in an aesthetically challenged basement.

August 28, 2017 — SCAFFOLD at NYFF and BFI LONDON!

SCAFFOLD will play in competition at both the 55th New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival in October!

August 24, 2017 — PUP “OLD WOUNDS” video out now!

Check out the latest interactive music video I helped create!
(best played on desktop or on Youtube mobile app)

Full Credits here.

August 24, 2017 — Two new shorts at VIFF

Two short films I shot – CHERRY COLA and LET YOUR HEART BE LIGHT – will both have their world premiere at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival!

Press release here.

Cherry Cola Trailer from Joseph Amenta on Vimeo.


August 16, 2017 — FAIL TO APPEAR at VIFF!

A feature I shot – FAIL TO APPEAR – will have its world premiere at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Press release here.

August 9, 2017 — TIFF!

SCAFFOLD and THE ARGUMENT (WITH ANNOTATIONS) will both be playing at the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Scaffold [dir: Kazik Radnwanski] will open before Denis Côté’s TA PEAU SI LISSE in the Wavelengths section.

The Argument (with annotations) [dir: Daniel Cockburn] is part of a selection of shorts called Short Cuts. Watch the trailer here.

August 3, 2017 — Locarno

A short I shot – SCAFFOLD – has it’s world premiere at the 70th LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL today!