After finishing her studies in design at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2004, Elena started to work as an illustrator. In recent years she illustrated for many kids’ magazines and several children’s books for publishing houses in Russia, Germany, Taiwan and South Korea. “Where Birdie Lives”, one of the books written and illustrated by her, is particularly popular and therefore consistently reprinted in the last 10 years.

In 2015 she graduated at the renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Since then she works as a director, animator and designer based in Stuttgart. By her intensive collaboration on Studio Filmbilder’s series “Patchwork Pals” and “Animanimals” Elena gained deep insights into episodic television production. These experiences combined with her knowledge in animation and the illustration background are a great starting point for the work on “Lena’s Farm”.

 

AWARDS

2013 - Ottawa International Animation Festival - Best Undergraduate Animation Award

2015 - Primanima World Festival, Hungary, Budaörs - Children Audience Award

2016 - Roshd International Film Festival, Iran - Children Audience Award

2015 - Filmschau Baden-Württemberg - Best Animation

2016 - Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival - Best Animated Shortfilm

2017 - 7th Singapore International Children's Film Festival - Special Jury Price

2017 - PLAY Lisbon's Children and Youth Film Festival - Best PLAY Shortfilm

FILMOGRAPHY

“Lena’s Farm” (2021) - Animated Series / Direction, Story & Design / Studio Filmbilder & ZDF

“Altötting” (2020) - Animated Short / Animation / Studio Filmbilder & National Film Board of Canada

"Freddie Mercury - Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow" (2019) - Music Video / Animation / Studio Seufz

"Animanimals" (2018) - Animated Series / Animatics / Studio Filmbilder, KIKA & SWR

"Patchwork Pals" (2018) - Animated Series / Animatics / Studio Filmbilder, BBC & RBB

“The Amazing World of Gumball” (2017) - Animated Series / In-Between-Animation / Cartoon Network & Studio Soi

"Bat Time" (2015) - Animated Short / Direction, Story, Design & Animation / Studio Filmbilder & SWR

"Some Thing" (2015) - Animated Short / Direction, Story, Design & Animation / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

“Song Of A Toad” (2015) - Animated Short / Design & Art Direction / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

"Ich kenne ein Tier - Kuh Rätsel" (2013) - Animated Short / Concept & Animation / SWR

"Ich kenne ein Tier - Zebra Rätsel" (2013) - Animated Short / Concept & Animation / SWR

“Rotbäckchen“ (2012) - Animated Short / Direction & Animation / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

“Reizwäsche” (2012) - Animated Festival Trailer / Direction & Animation / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

PRESS

3D World Magazine - Issue 224