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Alexey Balabanov

director, scriptwriter, producer (1959–2013)

Was born in Sverdlovsk in 1959. Graduated from the Translation faculty of Gorky Pedagogical University. Then he  worked as an assistant director at the Sverdlovsk film studios. In 1990 he graduated from the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow. He directed 14 feature films which got world recognition, great number of international awards and were released in many countries. In 2013 retrospectives of his films were organized in BAM  (New York), Eye Museum (Amsterdam), Warsaw, Hamburg

Andrey Zvyagitnsev

director, scriptwriter, actor

Andrey Zvyagintsev is a Russian film director and actor. He is mostly known for his 2003 film "The Return", which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following "The Return", Zvyagintsev directed "The Banishment" and "Elena". His fourth film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. 



The Banishment (2007) * The Return (2003)

Artur Aristakisyan

director, scriptwriter

Artour Aristakisian was born on October 11, 1961 in Kishinyov, Moldavian SSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Palms (1994), A place on the earth (2001) and Free Pussy Riot: The Movie (2013).

A place on the earth (2001) " Palms (1994)

Lyubov Arkus

director, scriptwriter, journalist

Born in Lvov (Ukraine) in 1960. In 1984 graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) with a degree in screenwriting and film studies.  Founder and editor-in-chief of Séance magazine, one of the  most influential film publications in Russia.  Originator and compiler of the 7-volume film encyclopaedia A Modern History of Russian Film, 1986–2000. The Founder of  Centre for autistic adults in St.Petersburg 

Vladimir Bazynkov

director, scriptwriter

Born in 1984 in Voroshilovgrad. Graduated from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre College (acting faculty) in 2005 and was working as an actor at the "Commonwealth of Taganka Actors". Entered the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK, Directing Department) and graduated it with a debut short "A parallel of ages". 

Was working in advertising productions of "Digital Lab" and "Future is now".

Sergei Bodrov

director, scriptwriter, producer

Born in Khabarovsk, in the post-Soviet period he emigrated to the United States. Bodrov's grandmother was ethnic Buryat, which influenced his decision to make the movie "Mongol".


Sergei Bodrov Jr.

actor, director, scriptwriter

Born on December 27th, 1971 to producer and director Sergei Bodrov. He made his film debut in his father's "Prisoner of the mountains" (1996) for which he won a Nika. From then on Sergei's career began. In 1997 he played a lead role in "Brother" (1997) by Alexey Balabanov which turned him into a star and made him one of the most known and beloved Russian actors.  He followed up the role with "Brother 2" in 2000. He made his directorial debut in 2001 with film "Sisters". The movie was a hit with audiences and critics alike. In 2002 he was supposed to direct a movie, "Messenger", for which he traveled to the Caucasus mountains. On September 20th 2002, an avalanche due to a glacier slide came down from the mountains. Bodrov and his production group are still reported missing. 

Sisters (2001)

Andrey Bogatirev

director, scriptwriter, actor, musician

Born in Moscow in 1985. Graduated from VGIK. Wrote and directed a number of shorts and documentaries befoire his feature debut BagI in 1911 and then Judas in 2013. Co- founded International Film Festival East-West in Orenburg, Russia. Leader of “ToT” rock group.

Pyotr Buslov

director, scriptwriter, actor

Born in Khabarovsk in 1976. Graduated from Moscow Film School (VGIK) in 2004.

Andrey Chernyshov

actor, director, writer

Born on February 3, 1973 in the Ukrainian SSR, USSR. In 1994 Andrei graduated from the Schepkin Theatre School. Andrey is very well known for his roles in the TV series and films. In 2017 directed his first short film "A pair of shoes". 

A pair of shoes (2017)

Tatiana Fedorovskaya

director, writer, actress

Was born in Magnitogorsk in 1979. Graduated from High Courses for Screenplay Writers and Film Directors in Moscow. She wrote scripts and directed 5 shorts.

Charisma (2015) • Mendel’s Joke (2015) • Offenbacher (2016) • Happy Paradise (2016) • Vera (2017)

Vlad Furman

director, producer, scriptwriter

Born on March 5th, 1969 in Leningrad, Russia.

The first his play at the Theatre "Russian Enterprise" allowed to talk about the presence of his own theatrical language. Subsequent work - "The Kreutzer Sonata", "Portrait of Dorian Gray", "Oblomov", "The Forty-First" only confirmed this thesis. Since graduation from the university to 2000 director staged 10 performances in the theaters of St. Petersburg and Russia, became a chief director of St.Petersburg Theatre “Russian Enterprise” where he was working with well-known Russian theater artists - Oleg Basilashvili, Sergei Parshin, Leonid Nevedomsky, Olga Samoshina, Valery Degtyarev Valery Kukhareshin.  Vlad Furman is a winner of the first International Festival of Russian Theatre in Paris, member of the Union of theatrical artists of Russia. Since June, 2003 is working at the film studio “Dolphin”. 

Winner of the actor's Club Award STD "For pioneering director" (1993), Diploma of the First International Festival of Russian Theatre in Paris (1997) - for the play "Dead Souls". The winner of the First International Smoktunovsky Theater Festival. Was nominated twice for the highest theatrical prize of St. Petersburg "Gold spotlights".


Guppy (2017)

Murad Ibragimbekov

director, scriptwriter, producer

Born in 1965, graduated from the VGIK in 1989.

There was never a better brother (2010) * Three Girls (2006) * True Stories (2000)

Alexey Kamynin

director, scriptwriter, producer

Alexey Kamynin was born in Moscow in 1989. Graduated from the High Сourses of Screenwriters and Directors, Workshop of V. Hotinenko – V. Fenchenko – P. Finn. First education – Faculty of Journalism in Moscow State University. After graduation worked as a TV reporter for “Russia-1” and “Dozhd” channels, wrote articles for magazines “Slon”, “Russian Reporter” and “GQ”. Then started working on TV documentaries and finally on feature films. “LIE OR DARE” is his debut full length feature.

Lie or dare (2017)

Dmitry Lesnevskyi-jr

director, scriptwriter

Was born in 1996.

“Turnaround” is his debut work.

Turnaround (2016)

Luba Lvova

director, scriptwriter, actress, pianist

Born in Moscow. Graduated from The Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS), worked as an actress in Moscow theatres.

Marina Migunova

director, scriptwriter

Was born in Moscow. Graduated from Moscow Medical University and for a while worked as an X-ray specialist . In 1997 she entered VGIK, director's faculty. Marina's love for literature, good knowledge of human nature as a doctor helped her make a few great adaptations of Russian literature, among them her last film.


Alexander Mitta

director, scriptwriter

Was born in Moscow in 1933. Graduated from VGIK (All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography) in 1960. One of the most successful Russian film directors who made art films and commercial hits. One of his films Someone Calls, Open the Door was awarded with Golden Lion at Venice IFF in 1966. His filmography includes more than 15 films.

Alexey Mizgirev

director, scriptwriter

Born in the town of Myski, Kemerovo Region, Russia in 1974. Education: Tomsk State University,  Philosophy Department, Moscow Film School VGIK, Directing Department. In 2007 made his debut feature Hard Hearted, which got many international awards

Guka Omarova

director, scriptwriter

Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1968. Studied documentary filmmaking at The Academy of Arts in Almaty.

Gennady Ostrovsky

writer, director, producer, musician

Born on 9 th of March 1960, Berdichev, Urkain. In 1988 finished Rostov’s State Conservatory. In 1992 higher script writer and directors courses. A major giant of Russian script writing guild.Winner of San Sebastian International Film Festival, best script to “Lubovnik” directed by Valery Todarovsky and “Un Certain Regard” in Cannes for “Tulip” directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy. He wrote scripts for many leading Russian directors

Elena Polyakova

director, scriptwriter, actress

Elena Polyakova was born in Moscow in 1979. Graduated from the Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in 2004 and was working as an actress. Since 2015 she was studying at High Directing Courses at VGIK and has filmed her first short "The Mantis" by 2016. Elena made a second short film “Lazarus” in 2017.


"Lazarus" (2017) * "The Mantis" (2016)

Alexander Rogozhkin

director, scriptwriter

Born in 1949 in Leningrad. 1972 – graduated from Leningrad State University (History Department). 1982 – graduated from Moscow Film School (VGIK). 

In 1990, he directed "Karaul", which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival. Rogozhkin's film "The Chekist" was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. Abroad, he is famous for his acclaimed 2002 film "The Cuckoo" (Kukushka), which won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Picture. The film was also entered into the 24th Moscow International Film Festival where he won the award for Best Director. Rogozhkin was also one of the first filmmakers addressing the Chechen War with his 1998 "Blokpost" war drama. He also directed a series of popular Russian-language screwball comedies "Peculiarities of National...": Peculiarities of National Hunt (1995), Peculiarities of National Fishing (1998), Peculiarities of National Hunt in Winter Season (2000), and Peculiarities of National Politics (2003). 

Rogozhkin's film "Transit" (Peregon) was released in 2006. It is a "wartime tragicomedy" about the relationship between Soviet soldiers in the Far Eastern outpost in Chukotka and the American female pilots who bring them U.S.-made airplanes from Alaska through the lend-lease program. 

Valery Rozhnov

scriptwriter, director

Born in 1964. Graduated from Setchenov Medical School and the Moscow Film School (VGIK) 

Kirill Safonov

actor, director, scriptwriter

Born in 1973, Siberia. Graduated from the Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS).

“The Fourth” is his debut work.

The Fourth (2016)

Ramil Salakhutdinov


Was born in 1963. Graduated from VGIK in 1999, two years later he studied script writing and directing at Moscow Higher courses of Directors and Scriptwriters. 

Roman Shalyapin

writer, actor, playwright, director

Was born in 1982. Graduated from directing department of GITIS (State Institute of Theater Art). Works as an actor in Moscow theaters.

Avdotia Smirnova

scriptwriter, director, journalist

Was born in Moscow in a family of an actress and a film director.  She wrote scripts for Alexey Uchitel, and wrote and directred 3 features. As a tv presenter she has been running a successful intellectual show School of Scandal on one of the main TV channels for many years.

Andrey Stempkovsky


Was born in 1975 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Graduated from Moscow Finance Academy in 1999 and the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors in 2008. Directed and produced several short films, winners of international film festivals and directed his feature debut The Reverse Motion which got him Grand Prix at Premier Plan d'Angers and Best Debut Award at Montreal IFF .

Vera Storozheva

actress, director, producer, scriptwriter

Vera Storozheva was born in Troitsk, Chilyabinsk region. In 1983 finished Moscow State University of Culture. In 1993 — Higher Courses of Scriptwriting and Directing. In 1989 acted in “The Asthetic Syndrome”. Directed 12 films, among them internationally acclaimed “Sky Plane Girl”, “A Journey with house pets”

Sergey Taramaev

writer, director, actor

Born in 1958. Graduated from The Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS), worked as an actor in prestigious Moscow theatres.

Valery Todorovsky

director, scriptwriter, producer

The son of the famous film director Pyotr Todorovsky, Valery easily entered the cinema world and attracted public’s attention with undoubted success. The first three films directed by Valery Todorovsky, namely The Catafalque, Love and Evenings near Moscow won prizes in the Cannes, Mannheim, Chicago and Moscow. His Country of the Deaf was justly recognized the best picture of the year. He is known as one of the most gifted film directors of new Russian cinema. Moreover, now it is him who chooses what the RTR TV channel will telecast.Valery Petrovich Todorovsky was born in Odessa on May 9, 1962. In 1984 he graduated from the All-Union State Cinematography Institute. He started his creative career in cinema as a screenwriter and made his debut with scenario to the movie The Double co-written with A. Kolbergs in 1986. Valery Todorovsky wrote scripts for the famous films The Person of Suite (1987), Gambrinus (1990), and Over Dark Water (1993). Valery Todorovsky debuted as a film director with the film Love based on his own scenario in 1991. This work attracted attention at numerous film festivals and received Ecumenical Prize at Cannes (1992). The year 1998 saw the release of Valery Todorovsky’s unusual film Country of the Deaf starring Chulpan Khamatova and Dina Korzun in the leads. His films also included "My Stepbrother Frankenstein", "Vice" and "Hipsters".

Evgeny Tsymbal

director, scriptwriter

Evgeny Tsymbal is the only BAFTA-winning Russian film director. Little known to mainstream film goers, he is well respected in Russian and European artistic and intellectual circles as a documentary filmmaker, writer and film historian. Tsymbal began his career at the Mosfilm Studios in Moscow in the 1970s where he worked as an assistant director to Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Larisa Shepitko and Eldar Ryazanov amongst others.After completing Eldar Ryazanov's film making course, Tsymbal embarked on his own directorial journey with a variety of short films, and achieved critical acclaim with the BAFTA-winning short film 'Defence Council Sedov' (46 mins), feature film based on a real story happened in Stalin's Russia and made in the style of the 1930s' documentary. He crossed over to the sphere of documentary filmmaking, with works such as Roads of Commonwealth (1995), Ways of Agricultural Reform (1995), Homeland (1996), In Memory: Alexander Kaidanovsky (1996), 1001 Stories About Cinema: Vladimir Naumov (1998) and the award-winning Stalker's Dreams (1998). A second film about Kaidanovsky, his close friend, who played the title role in Tarkovsky's 1979 masterpiece. Recent works include the documentary films Ordinary Bolshevism (1999) and Dziga and his Brothers (2002). In addition to directing, Tsymbal has continued his work as a scriptwriter, historian and critic; publishing articles in journals such as Sight and Sound, New Statesman, Premier, Chaplin, Iskusstvo kino, Museum, Russian Literature and Artes. For many years he worked in Russian historical and film archives.

In search of a lost paradise (2016) * Chekhov's mystery (2010) * Diary from a burned getto (2010) * Zoshenko and Olesha (2005) * Dziga and his brothers (2002) * Ordinary bolshevism (1999) * Stalker's dreams (1998)

Irina Volkova

director, scriptwriter

Born and raised on  Taimir peninsula. Graduated from  Krasnoyarsk University, faculty of journalism and  Scriptwriters Directors. 

Directed 3 short films before she made her feature debut in 2013.


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