CHAIR: TATIANA KISELYOVA, director, producer, animation artist.

Tatiana earned her degree in Animation Artistry in 1998 from the Animation Cinematography School. She went on to study animation at the Russian State Institute of Cinemetogaphy and earned her second degree in Animation and Computer Graphics Artistry in 2007 from the Faculty of Arts (A.M. Gorlenko studio). The period from 1998 saw her contributing to more than 40 animated films at various Moscow-based studios and among them The New Bremen Town Musicians, Prince Vladimir, Ku! Kin-Dza-Dza, and The Tale of Peter and Fevronia.

Tatiana had her director debut in 2013 with the animated short film Tin Can (SHAR Studio&School), which won prizes from Suzdal Festival, Moscow-based festivals Radiant Angel and Saint Anna, and Japan’s Tokyo Kinder Film Festival (Grand Prix).

Her subsequent works – Polar Bears (co-directed with Soyuzmultfilm’s Rosa Gimatdinova) and Perfectly Naughty Kids (SHAR Studio&School) – entered the shortlists of many international contests. Perfectly Naughty Kids holds prizes from Big Cartoon Festival (2018), Best Film for Kids” category from Santa Maria Festival (Bulgaria, 2018, Best Film for Kids – Second Prize) and Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, Best Film for Kids – Top Prize). Since 2017 Tatiana has been cooperating closely with Soyuzmultfilm Studio.

ALEXANDR KOTT, director, screenwriter, faculty member of Gerasimov Russian Institute of Cinematography, member of the European Film Academy.

Alexandr studied at Krasnaya Presnya Theater School of Aesthetic Arts (class of 1990). At the age of 18, he started a job as a photographer, contributing to multiple displays at Pirogovka Gallery, Russian University of Theatre Arts Museum, and Academy of Culture. Alexandr’s pursuit of film direction studies started in 1994 when he enrolled in the Russian Institute of Cinematography (Vladimir Khotinenko studio) and continued in the fall of 1997 when he did a dedicated course by Andrzej Wajda in Krakow. As a film director, Alexander Kott is known for The Photographer, A Hero of Our Time, Fortress of War, Test, Chuk and Gek: The Big Adventure.

IVAN SOLOVYOV, stage and film actor, musician, composer.

Born in Kaliningrad on February 20, 1988, Ivan has a passion for music and learned to play the piano as a youth. After completing his degree at the Russian Institute of Cinematography (V.A. Grammatikov studio) in 2009, Ivan appeared in 60+ films. He is the author of music for the TV series Love and Other Illusions and melodrama Stars Will Be My Guide. In 2020 Ivan joined the New Stage Theater where he is currently an actor.

VARVARA ZABORTSEVA, poet, novelist, art critic.

A native of Pinega in Arkhangelsk Province’s protected natural area, Varvara earned her degree from Ilya Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Her poems and prose pieces appear in Novy Mir, Yunost’, Zvezda, and Druzhba Narodov, among other outlets. Varvara holds the Pushkin Lyceum Literary Award (Third Prize). 


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