Where it all began
I’m originally from Russia. I moved to Sweden with my family when I was six, and I’ve always been interested in creating things, like everyone in our family. My mom likes to sew clothes, my dad was a photographer, and my sister is a graphic designer.
When YouTube was a cool and new thing, my friends and I started to make short stories. My creative eye began to develop by creating funny and weird moments. We shot everything with a digital camera and edited in Windows movie maker, which crashed A LOT. After that, I bought my very first Canon and realized that I wanted to invest my time in making films and photography. I’ve graduated from a film school and now work as a freelancing photographer.
I decided to participate in the 15 Second film festival after my sister told me about a contest where you could win a full format Canon. At first, I hesitated, but after my sister pushed me some more, I thought I’d give it a try. The challenge of creating a story in only fifteen seconds felt very compelling and tough at the same time.
I’m turning 25 this year, and I’ve discovered that some things give you epiphanies. The topic for my winning video, ”Moments,” came from Virginia Woolf’s quote, ”I belong to quick, futile moments of intense feeling. Yes, I belong to moments. Not to people.” When I first read it, I recognized the feeling instantly, and the quote stuck with me.
I had also recently visited California, which had a significant impact on me. It made me want to edit something that would represent how all of it felt. Fifteen seconds is a short time, but California was fast, intense, and over before it had even begun. Just like my video Moments.