- Senior Creative Producer, RT’s Creative Lab, Russia
- Grand Jury
Anna is a senior creative producer with RT’s Creative Lab. She took the long road to Digital Storytelling: holding a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, she first found herself in TV journalism pursuing a 10-year-long presenter’s career with RT. Starting with a program she hosted and edited about Russian Culture, Anna gradually built up enough stamina to present an hour-long live daily evening show that ran for 6 years. The show’s unscripted format led Anna to crave the structure and elegance of planned digital narration so she turned to content creating spanning visual design, creative writing and producing. In 2018-2019 she developed and taught an original Transmedia Storytelling course for first-year Master’s Students at one of Russia’s leading schools - the Higher School of Economics. The interactive course ran in English from October to March focusing on the latest developments in Digital Craft and narration. During this time, the students created their own Transmedia projects which they presented in class before passing their exams. Anna holds a BA in linguistics & cross-cultural relations from the Moscow International University, has 10 years live-tv experience from 15 years in international journalism and worked as a Paris correspondent for a year (2015/16). Upon her return to Moscow she undertook a two year Fine Arts course in Russia's top art school, the Stroganov Academy and she continues to successfully work as a commissioned artist. Born in the Soviet Union, Anna lived in Canberra, Australia with her parents for 5 years, contributing significantly to her bilingual skills: she speaks fluent English and Russian as well as decent French. Apart from extensive live-tv experience, Anna has hosted a #1917LIVE panel at the St Petersburg Cultural Forum, hosted 1-2-1 on-stage interviews with international celebrities to a live audience and delivered a panel during SXSW Education 2019 in Austin and voiced an 8-hour-long soiree at the UNESCO HQ in Paris celebrating 100 years of the Mendeleev Periodic Table. To maintain her presenting skills, Anna streams and records on-line videos for Russia Beyond that focus on Russian Culture and recent developments in Tech and Science.