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Mikhail grew up in Oryol, Russia. Being a school child, he was attending a theatrical studio at the local House of Pioneers (a USSR name for Technical and Fine Arts Club for children), writing plays and staging performances. By that time he shot his first short-length works with 8- and 16- mm cameras.
After graduating from Director Faculty of Oryol Institute of Culture in 1994, Mikhail staged theatrical plays in Oryol and Bryansk, composed poems and songs and performed with his band "Music By Touch".
In 1995, he entered Director Department of Russian State Institute for Cinematography ("VGIK") in Moscow (V. Naumov's chair) but dropped studies after the first year and started shooting video clips. His first appreciable work had become "Hello, Night" for "Ser'ga". Later on, Mikhail worked both with "pop-" and "rock-" performers but gained reputation of an "anti-cheapstuff" clip maker as a result. Amongst his well-known works are those for "B2"("My Rock-n-Roll"), "Spleen" ("Romance", "Tell", "New People", "Plastic Life"), "Nogu Svelo!" ("Our young and funny voices", "From Alma-Aty"), "The Caste" ("Noise is Around", "Radio signals"), "Night Snipers" ("Catastrophically"). He also worked with "Masha and Bears", "Notional Hallucinations", and many others.
In 2007, the clip "Tell" for "Spleen" was appointed the winner of The Best Music Video nomination at the MTV Russia Music Awards ceremony.
From 2002 on, Mikhail also works in advertising. He has shot commercials for Audi, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, LG, Ariel, IKEA, Alpen Gold, Pepsi, Fervex, MTS, Kievstar, MTV, Mail.ru, and many other brands.
In 2006 at XXVIII Moscow International Film Festival, Mikhail presented his first full-length film "Franz+Polina" interpreting the narrative "Dumb" by Ales Adamovich. The history of love of a Belorussian girl from an occupied village and of an SS soldier "has crossed the world" and got recognition at many Russian and international festivals (in Germany, France, Poland, Canada, China, and other countries).
In 2010, "AST" publishing house is issuing Mikhail's first book of prose "Youth" containing a story of the same name and a collection of short novels.
2011 – "Fastener Solutions" (a short) – director, script-writer. Grand Prix and the "Future Shorts Russia" special award at Kinotavr 2011, Sochi, Russia.
2006 – "Franz+Polina" – director, script-writer (co-author), actor – commissar of a partisan detachment.
"Franz+Polina" selected festivals and prizes
- 2006 - Participant of XVIII Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)
- 2006 - Prize-winner XVI Cottbus International Film Festival, (Germany)
- 2006 - Participant of Russian Cinema Week, Paris and Berlin
- 2006 - Official participant, XVI Camerimage International Film Festival, Łódź, (Poland)
- 2006 - Grand Prix and Best Female Performance Award, S. F. Bondarchuk Military-Patriotic Film Festival “Volokolamsk Line” 2006 (Russia)
- 2006 - Special Jury Diploma and Best Female Performance Award, XV International Film Festival “Kinoshock”, Anapa (Russia)
- 2007 - Best Principal Female Role and Best Episodic Female Role awards, Dramatic Art Festival “Constellation”, Tver, (Russia)
- 2006 - Special Jury Award “Baltic Debuts”, International Film Festival, Svetlogorsk (Russia)
- 2006 - Best Debut and Best Photography awards, “Listapad” Film Festival", Minsk (Belarus)
- 2007 - Grand Prix for best film, 21st Cabourg Film Festival (France)
- 2007 - Grand Prix for the Best Film and the Best Music Award, 20th FIPA Festival Biarritz (France)
- 2007 - FIPRESCI prize, International Film Festival “Cinema-Tout-Ecran”, Geneve (Switzerland)
- 2007 - Best Male Performance, “13th Shanghai TV Festival”, Shanghai (China)
- 2007 - Official participant of the World Film Festival Montreal (Canada)
- 2007 - Award for best direction, “Viva Cinema of Russia!” Film Festival, St. Petersburg (Russia)
- 2007 - P. Lebeshev award for the best pictorial realization, International Film Festival “Spirit of Fire”, Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia)
2007 – "Spleen" band ("Tell"). The Best Music Video of the year according to MTV Russia Music Awards.
2010 – "Youth" (a collection of prose)
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