Born on the 29th of April 1955 in Rostov-on-Don.
Graduated from Moscow Culture Institute (Grigory Roshal’s studio) in 1976 and Higher Director and Screenwriter courses at USSR Goskino in 1979, through Gleb Panfilov's studio. Directed films at Lenfilm studios. Winner at international and Russian film festivals: Guild of Film Critics prize at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi (Barabaniada), Film Director of the Year from the Berlin Academy of Arts (Barabaniada), "Golden Bear" award for best short at the Berlin International Film Festival (Pharaoh), and many more. Professor at the St Petersburg State University of Film and Television, teaches animation workshops, computer graphics and fiction film. Awarded the title of Honoured Artist of Russia (1994).