Together with Amanda Pope, he wrote, produced, and directed "The Desert of Forbidden Art". Described by LA Times critic Kenneth Turan as a "remarkable documentary", it was nominated for two Emmys, won the Cine Golden Eagle Special Jury Award and multiple film festival awards. After its theatrical release, the film premiered on PBS Independent Lens and was broadcast in many countries worldwide.
Tchavdar directed and edited together with Dana Berry for National Geographic "Finding the Next Earth" and edited "Alien Earths", nominated for a Prime Time Emmy.
He was one of the editors on the documentaries "We Live in Public" (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) and "One Lucky Elephant" (Best Doc Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival) as well as the narrative feature "Bastards" (MTV Russia Best Film Award). He edited "Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava", narrated by Edward James Olmos, "Marion's Triumph", narrated by Debra Messing and "View from a Grain of Sand", nominated for an IDA award - all of which premiered on PBS. He was also an editor on the award-winning documentaries "Refusenik", "Maybe Baby" and "Holy Warriors". The new film he edited "Valentine Road" was acquired by HBO and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.
He produced the feature thriller "Nevsky Prospect" for Amazon Studios (a division of Amazon.com) He has field produced for USA Network, History Channel, Simon Wiesenthal Center, SF1 (Switzerland), Channel 1 and MTV (Russia). He has produced commercials for Adobe, Cisco, NASA and TELE2 Mobile Europe and edited for Honda, Oscar de la Renta, Rooms to Go, TELE2 and MTV Russia.
Tchavdar was awarded an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and Open Society Institute grants among many others.