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About

Misha Kostrov

I am facinated by film and theater. I love to make movies, direct for stage and teach actors. In my life all this three activities are linked and complement each other.
I feel happy when my studends feel gifted, get confident and get booked for a roles. I feel happy when my movies get acknowledement from audience and awards. I like when people enjoy the show I make, when they laugh and experience catharsis.
I am confident that filmmaking and directing is the beautiful way to connect with the inner space. It is also a way to research what are we as a human beings. That is the reason why I do this for so many years.
I began acting when I was a student back in 1995. I have been teaching acting and also directing movies and stage for over 16 years while feeling happy and fulfilled. In addition, I have also studied Gestalt therapy at Kyiv Gestalt University. The world of psychology and psychotherapy and the knowledge and related skills it provided, enables me to be a more efficient director and acting teacher.
Today I am an award winning film director and founder of Misha Kostrov’s Actors Studio and Co-founder of "Chornyi Kvadrat" Improvisation and Performing Arts Advancement Center, which are both located in Kyiv, Ukraine.
I look forward to creating new movies and plays and also teaching new students.


Awards

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2021 Zolota Dzyga National Film Award

People’s Choice Award for the film “Pekelna Khorugva abo Rizdvo Kozatske” (The hell gonfalon or Cossack Christmas)
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2013 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Award

Silver Dolphin for the film
Jules Verne: A Journey of a Lifetime
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2013 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

Platinum Remi for the film
Jules Verne: A Journey of a Lifetime
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2012 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

World Fest-Houston International Film Festival 2012
Platinum Remi for "Tesla Free Energy"
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2012 Teletriumph

Nomination for the award in the category Best Director for the film "Made in Ukraine"
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2007 First Ukrainian Mobile Film Festival

Grand Prix for the short film "Signs"Stage director, Director of Photography

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2007 Social Film Festival "Call Button", Lithuania

Grand Prix for the short film "Signs"
Stage director, Director of Photography

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2004 Ryerson Short Film Festival

Grand Prix for the film "The Lunatic", Toronto, CanadaDirector of Photography

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