Masha Kondakova

Director (Ukrainian based in France)

Masha is a Ukrainian director with an MA in Cinema from the National Kiew I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. During her studies she gained valuable work experience as the first assistant director on commercials, short films and on director George Mendeluk’s “Devil’s Harvest”. After completing her studies she shot the short “Fallen Leaves” (2014) which received funding from the Ukrainian State Film Agency. The story of Valya a lonely woman who works as a street cleaner and decides to host a dangerous but seductive man in her flat. The film explores themes around loneliness and hopelessness. To find the actors Masha carried out a street casting which ended up being the right choice. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival and screened at more than 55 international film festivals and Canal+, a French TV channel, broadcasted the film. In 2015 Masha moved to Paris where she started learn French and kept working as first AD for commercials and music videos. Her short film “Mon Amour” (2015) was picked up by “Real Women Real Stories” a platform for women who recount personal stories of trauma. Currently Masha is working on her first documentary “Strong and Tender” about women who enrolled themselves to be soldiers in the East of Ukraine. She learned that there were lots of women soldiers, however, no official positions for them in the army. The question of discrimination initially drew Masha to this project, however, now she is focusing on the important topic of ‘the price of loss’. The film is a joint production between Frenzy Paris and InsightMedia, a Ukrainian production company.

Selected Filmography:

2017 Strong & Tender (Feature Doc, in postproduction)
2014 Fallen Leaves (Short Fiction)