Peter Kardjilov is a film researcher, film historian, journalist and writer. He is a Doctor of Science, and an associated member of the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. He has written 3,000 articles, 110 scientific publications, and 21 books. His research interests include the history of early cinema in both Bulgaria and the Balkans. In his books, he addresses the arrival of cinema in Bulgaria, foreign camera operators shooting the first living pictures in that country, the appearance of first permanent cinemas, the production of the first Bulgarian films, and filming in the Balkan Peninsula during the two Balkan wars and the First World War.