Balkan Royal

By Kevork Aslanyan | Documentary
A man who sells and restores pianos dreams of becoming an orchestra conductor.

Peter Dimitrov is a skilled restorer and seller of pianos, with a deep knowledge and sensitivity of his instrument. He also still yearns to fulfill his dream of becoming a well-known conductor.

Writer-director Kevork Aslanyan trains his lens on a man with a gift for music and a dream he still longs to pursue in this engaging character portrait. Dimitrov has achieved excellence in his trade, and clearly possesses a deep well of knowledge and feeling for the instrument at the center of his craft. He began a business selling and restoring pianos in 1991.

But even as an older, middle-aged man 25 years later, he still hasn’t forgotten his original dream to lead a world-class orchestra as a conductor, even as he grew his business and started and supported a family.

The film uses loose, energetic hand-held camerawork to capture Dimitrov in his everyday life and work while also thoughtfully chronicling the ups and downs of his life as well as the intricacies of his work.

Restoring and reselling these beautiful musical instruments proves to be a complex, complicated business, and the doc draws attention to just how skillful and intelligent a worker must be to do it.

Yet in some ways, his skill and talent with rebuilding pianos has proven too prodigious — and the politics of orchestras and conducting too complicated — and he finds himself as far from his original goal than ever.

But despite his success, Dimitrov still manages to keep his dream of conducting alive despite the hubbub of life. In a sense, the film captures just how this dream — despite whether it is realistic or not — is a key part of Peter’s very soul, and nourishing his dream is how he nourishes his very self.

The result is a compelling snapshot into a dignified, talented artist and craftsman, who still infuses his life with creativity despite its distance from his original dream. It looks at the tensions inherent in the business of everyday liivng that can keep all of us from following our original goals — and yet find dignity and beauty in the reality of the present.

You Might Also Like:

Souls of Totality ft. Tatiana Maslany

By Richard Raymond | Drama
A love story -- filmed during an actual solar eclipse -- about a looming moment that can change everything.


By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Night Shift

By Marshall Tyler | Drama
A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.


By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Small Arms ft. Tyler Young

By Arman Cole | Drama
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.

Pop Music

By Patrick Muhlberger | Comedy
A man who thinks he's a samurai wants revenge on a DJ for ruining his niece's school dance.


By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.

Others Will Follow

By Andrew Finch | Sci-Fi
The lone survivor of a failed mission to Mars uses his last moments to transmit a message of hope.


By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.

How Was Your Day?

By Damien O’Donnell | Drama
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. But then, it doesn't match her expectations.

Margo Lily

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Drama
A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Long Branch

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Romance
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.

Ten Thousand Days

By Michael Duignan | Comedy
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.

Lonely Planet

By Alex Burunova | Romance
A lonely woman travels to Barcelona and meets a tall, dark stranger. Then, he challenges her to live in the moment... with him.

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart ft. Vicky Krieps

By Christoph Rainer | Romance
A hopeless romantic takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But he already has a new girl at his side.

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening. That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.