Adela Peeva learned the art of filmmaking at the Academy for Film, Theatre and TV in Belgrade. In the early 1970s she directed TV programs in Yugoslavia, and then moved on to make over 40 documentaries at the Studio for Documentary Films in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Despite earning international awards, some of the films she made (Mothers, In the Name of the Sport) were banned during the Communist period. In 1988, she began making feature films at the Studio "Boyana" in Sofia and then left in 1991 to found her own production company. A very active member of the European film community, she serves on the board of the European Documentary Network (till 2004), belongs to the European Film Academy, the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers, the Association of Bulgarian Producers and was a member of the Jury at the Cannes (the Ecumenical Jury), Kalamata, Berlin and Mumbai Film Festivals.