Igor' Valentinovich Mantsov was born in 1966 in Tula. He graduated from the Tula Polytechnical Institute in 1988. He enrolled in the film scholar department of the State Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) in 1991, and in 1992 transferred to the scriptwriting department, where he worked in Iurii Arabov’s workshop. He worked in the Institute for Cinema Studies as an editor for Kinovedcheskie zapiski. He has published in both print and internet journals. Since 2000 he lives in Tula.