Valeriya Gai Germanika

An enfant terrible of the Russian film world, Valeria Gai Germanika is arguably one of the youngest, most scandalous, provocative and successful film directors working in Russia today. Born in on 1 March 1989 in Moscow, Valeria was trained at the Internews Cinema and Television School, and began her career as a director at the age of nineteen. Since her first feature film, Everybody Dies But Me (2008), which won the Prix Regards Jeune and a special mention at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Germanika’s work has focused on the life of youth and in suburban Russia.

Her second film The Girls and subsequent The Birthday of the Infanta, both of which documentaires, appeared at the Kinotavr Film Festival. Her film  Everybody Dies But Me was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and was awarded special mention in the Caméra d’Or best feature film award. The film also received Nka Award (Young Talent Discovery of the Year nomination) and CineVision award of the Munich Film Festival.

In the beginning of 2010, Channel One aired Valeriya Gai Germanika’s 69-episode TV series School portraying teenagers life in an ordinary Moscow school, which caused a wide resonance in the society and brought her fame. In early 2012, Channel One showed 16 -episode TV-series Brief Guide To A Happy Life . Valeriya was appointed as Creative Director for the MTV Russia in 2010.