Igor' Soukmanov graduated from the Belarusian State University in 1992 and completed his graduate studies at the All-Russian State Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) in 1996 with a degree in film history (Lilia Mamatova’s workshop). Between 1999-2004 he hosted weekly shows on film on several FM radio stations and TV channels in Minsk. Since 2010 he has been the full-time Program Director of the Minsk International Film Festival, curating of special programs, filmmaker retrospectives, and selecting internationally acclaimed feature films for competition. He is currently taking courses on film history and film criticism at the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University. His recent publications include articles and reviews in Iskusstvo kino.