Irina Borisovna Vasil'eva was born in Moscow. After graduating from the Scriptwriting Department at the Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) she worked for television as the author, director, and anchor for the series “Perpendicular Cinema.” She has written and directed more than 30 documentary films and written the script for several feature films. Her films have received awards at Russian and international film festivals. She has been awarded the “Laurel Branch,” the national prize for documentary cinema, three times. She is the Artistic Director and General Producer of Fishka-Film Studio.