KONSTANTIN SMIRNOVProgram Bio
September 2010: Telluride Film Festival (Telluride, CO) and New York City
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Konstantin Smirnov was born in Moscow in 1982. He received a degree in psychology from Moscow State University and another one in film directing from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). While still a student at VGIK, Konstantin began working as a director for television and then as assistant director for several feature films. His most notable documentary work (outside of television) is Puzzle of Sad Stringer (2007), an award-winning film about the day-to-day life of a reporter covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has also directed two narrative short films, Grandson and Kolyan. The latter was selected for the short film competition at the 2010 Kinotavr festival in Sochi. Konstantin's present interests lie in the sphere of narrative and “extreme” documentary filmmaking. His current projects include a new narrative short, a documentary about football hooligans, and another documentary that will be shot in Somalia.