A Letter of Recommendation from Konstantin Bronzit

Konstantin Eduardovich Bronzit

(born April 12, 1965) is a Russian animator and animation film director.

Life and career

Bronzit was born in Leningrad. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Repin Institute of Fine Art in 1983. He worked as an artist-animator at the animated film studio Lennauchfilm (Studio of Popular Science Films), which created educational animations. It was there that he completed his first film, Merry-Go-Round or The Round-About (Карусель, Karusel), in 1988.
In 1992, he graduated from the V. Mukhina Leningrad Higher Art and Industrial Academy and in 1994 from the “Higher Courses in Scriptwriting and Directing in Moscow” under the tutorship of Fyodor Khitruk.

From 1993-1995 he worked as a scriptwriter, director and animator at the Moscow Animation Studio “Pilot”, where he created several short films. From 1996-1999 he worked at the studio Pozitiv TV. In 1999 he completed his short film At the Ends of the Earth, which was aggressively pushed around the film festival circuit by the French distributor Folimage, eventually gathering nearly 70 awards.
Since 1999 he has worked at Melnitsa Animation Studio, where he served as art director in the projects Adventures in Emerald City(1999–2000) and Little Longnose (2003).
In 2004 he served as the director of the animated feature film Alosha. According to Bronzit, the very short timeframe (only a year was given to them to complete the film) forced him to write the script at the same time as the film was being animated. The film was a success in Russia, and spawned another two films by different directors in the same vein.
His 2007 short film Lavatory Lovestory won the Best Scenario Award at the 12th Open Russian Festival of Animated Film and got the 3rd-best rating among the jury and is nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 2009. His film, At The Ends Of The Earth, was included in the Animation Show of Shows.

Konstantin Bronzit at the Internet Movie Database

A Letter of Recommendation from Ilya Maksimov

Ilya Mikhaylovich Maksimov

Russian DirectorWriter, Animation department, Art director

Born: in Kronstadt, Leningrad Oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Kronshtadtsky District, St. Petersburg, Russia

Known for:

  • Dobrynya Nikitich i Zmey Gorynych (Dobrinya Nikitich goes on a quest to save the royal niece and finds out whether his old friend Zmey Gorinich is loyal to him. During the adventures, he is accompanied by the royal messenger who’s in love with the royal niece.)
  • Karlik Nos (After kidnapping the King’s daughter and turning her into something definitely not human, pure-hearted Jacob is exactly what the wicked witch needs as the final ingredient in her sinister scheme to destroy the peaceful Kingdom. When Jacob refuses to collaborate, she curses him with a hunched back and a really, really long nose.)
  • Priklyucheniya v Izumrudnom Gorode. Printsessa Ozma (2000)