Mira Niagolova
Mira Niagolova
Affiliated with Filmmaking
Artistic Statement & Teaching Philosophy

I am a documentary filmmaker committed to telling stories of global concern portrayed with sensitivity and compassion.

I see my role as a teacher to create an environment for my students that is inspiring and challenging, in order to encourage them to generate new ideas and develop their own voices that can be heard and trusted.


Mira Niagolova is an internationally recognized award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. For more than 30 years, she has been working in different capacities in the TV/ Film industry and nonprofit film sectors in the USA, Canada and Europe. Bulgarian born, she worked as a producer with the Film Department, Bulgarian National Television. She also wrote about film in print media and published a critically acclaimed book Play: Faces form the Big Screen. In the early 90's she moved to Montreal, Canada, and worked for seven years as a distribution and festivals manager with the International Program of The National Film Board of Canada.  In 2000, she moved to Vermont and for six years took the position of the Executive Director of the Vermont International Film Festival.  She also served as the Artistic Director of White River Indie Films. Throughout the years she has been curating hundreds of film programs and has been on jury panels at numerous international film festivals and educational events.

Mira made her debut as an independent filmmaker in 1999 with the award-winning documentary Trafficking Cinderella about forced prostitution and the trafficking of women. The film has been broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world and has been used as an educational tool in more than 500 institutions. Her next film, A Parallel World, also won many awards and was distributed by the National Film Board of Canada in many countries around the world as far as to New Zealand.  Mira's latest documentary, Welcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity, is a continuation of her interest on issues of forced displacement and identity.  The film won the Vermont International Film Festival "Ben and Jerry's Award" given to recognize and support a Vermont filmmaker who raised awareness of an important social issue with verve and ingenuity."

Mira has been has been guest lecturer at local, national, and international colleges and film institutions. She teaches Business of Film and Documentary Filmmaking in the CCM program.

Fellowships & Recognition

Mira has received fellowships and recognition awards from:

  • the Vermont Arts Council
  • National Endowments for the Arts
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Sundance Documentary Fund
  • Open Society Institute
  • Canadian Intentional Developing Agency
  • Vermont Community Foundation's Arts Endowment
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • New England Foundation for the Arts
  • Puffin Foundation
  • CTV
  • CBC and others