Alexey Mikhailovich Demin

Alexey Mikhailovich Demin

Film director, Associate Professor of VGIK, Academician of the Academy of Cinematic Arts “Nika”
The Palme d’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival and two-time “Nika” laureate
Laureate of the “Golden Eagle” National Prize

Alexey Demin was born in 1956, in Moscow.
In 1978, he graduated from the Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University, in 1987 – from the All-Union Institute of Press Workers.
Demin worked as an engineer at TsNIIMASH. He was a head of the department of scientific and technical information and also was a leading designer of the computer laboratory at the Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language.

His first publications appeared in 1985 in the newspapers “Gudok” and “Golos Rodiny”, and also in the “Russky Yazyk” magazine.
In 1992 he graduated from the Higher Courses for screenwriters and directors (Fyodor Khitruk and Eduard Nazarov’s Workshop).
In 1995, Demin made his debut with the film “Attraction”.

In 1997 and 2001, he taught at the animated film workshop in Annecy (France).
In the creative community Demin worked with such directors like Mikhail Schweitzer, Yuri Norshtein, Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Alexander Tatarsky, Mikhail Aldashin, Natalia Orlova, artist Nikolai Serebryakov, composer Andrey Semenov and others.
He addressed to the themes and plots of Goethe, Guy de Maupassant, Chekhov, Khodasevich, Y. Moritz, Koval, Dar, Milkina.
Demin is the co-author of the design concept of the International Festival of Animated Films “KROK” (1998, 2000) and the Open Russian Festival of Animeted Films in Tarusa (1996-2001).
In 2016-2019, Demin worked as a member of the editorial board (Y. Norshtein, A. Khrzhanovsky) on the collection of works by Fyodor Khitruk’s “My century” (currently at the publishing house).

Since 2004 Demin has been teaching at the School-studio “SHAR”.
Since 2011 he is the head of the directing workshop at VGIK.
Laureate of Russian and international festivals.
In most of the films Demin performs as a director, screenwriter, production designer and animator.


• 1992 “5th Leg” (in the movie almanac “Freaks”)
• 1994 “Day six” (in the cycle “Welcome to the XXI century”)
• 1995 “Attraction”
• 1997 “History of the Moscow Tsars” in the cycle “Optimus Mundus” (with M. Aldashin)
• 1998 “Father”
• 2001 “Cats in the Rain” (with M. Schweitzer)
• 2003 “Quiet Story”
• 2006 “Buatel”
• 2007 “Fisherman Oskus-Ool”
• 2009 “Ochumelov”
• 2010 “Shatalo”
• 2011 “Celebration for Elephants” (music album from the plots –“The Flea”, “The King and the Lilliputians”, “Yesterday at the Queen”)
• 2012 “Hush, grandma is sleeping!”
• 2015 “Andrey Khizhina and his grief”
• 2018 “John Bottom – Unknown Soldier”