Moscow-raised, Toronto-based Nika Belianina has been making fiction and documentary films since 2005. She came to the film industry with MA in psychology and worked extensively on unionized film sets as a lighting technician and a props person. Every free time she could allocate, she would make her own films. Now, Belianina is an award-winning writer, director and a producer. Her films have screened across the globe at more than 70 film festivals, including Tribeca, Sheffield, Atlanta, Sao Paulo and others. Recipient of international residencies and OAC and CAC grants, Belianina shadowed directors on tv-series “Private Eyes” (Global) , "The Wire" (HBO) and “Taken” (NBC).

As a camerawoman, Belianina shot projects in Kenya, Georgia, Romania, Peru, Chile, Canada and USA. Additionally, Belianina's photography has been exhibited worldwide at more than 25 exhibitions. Giving back to the community, she held film & photography workshops in Moscow, Wyoming, Montana, Toronto and on indigenous reservations in Canada and Peru. Nika also sat as a visual arts juror for Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (USA) and young Tamil filmmakers of Toronto.

Write.Right Films is her production company, established in 2015.

For inquiries:  write.right(at)

Awards & Acknowledgements

2020 Best International Short film - "El Río de los Kukamas" - FINCA, Argentina

2020 RBC Yorkton Film Festival Mentorship Program 

2019 Casa Xaaninna Artist Residency award, Mexico

2019 Best Cinematography, "The River of the Kukamas", 23rd To Save and Preserve Ecological film festival in Russia

2018 Canada Arts Council grant award

2018 Honourable Mention at 60 Rochester Int'l FF, USA "El Río de los Kukamas"

2016 Best Documentary Film – Jerome Indie Film & Music fest “Eccentric Eclectic” USA

2014 A finalist of 6th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards in three categories, USA

2013 Silver medal at Gallery Photographica, San-Francisco, USA
2013 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts - Artist in Residence award, WY, USA

2013 Honourable mention at New York Center for Photographic Art

2013 Audience Choice for Best Canadian Film at ReelHeART Film fest for «The Last Mermaids»

2012 Honourable Mention at 55 Rochester Int'l FF, USA, «The Last Mermaids»
2012 «Best of photography 2012» publication, Photography Forum magazine, USA

2011 Best Experimental Film at World Arts Film Fest (USA) – «Butterflies of Trip City»

2011 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - inter-disciplinary Residency Award, NE, USA

2010 Honourable mention at The Julia Margaret Cameron Award (photography), USA
2009 & 2011 Ontario Arts Council Grant Awards, Canada

2007 Best Fiction at Svirskiy Mif Inter’l Film Festival (Russia) – “Crazy Lovin’ “
2007 Cinematic Excellence – 50 Rochester Int’l Film Festival (USA) “Crazy Lovin’ “

2005 Best Film at First Take Int’l Student Film Fest – “The Doom of the Orb Master”


Fun facts:

- Originally stayed in Canada only because her Russian documents got stolen

- Now is a citizen of two biggest countries in the world

- Spent ten years living and learning from Clark Johnson (S.W.A.T., Homeland, Homicide: Life on Street, The Wire)

- Worked as a film's lighting technician and a props person on numerous US and Canadian productions

- Had lunch with Lou Reed in New York

- Got lost in medieval catacombs of Czech Republic with Masha Alyokhina (Pussy Riot) 

- Spoke with Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) as one of the ten selected from around the world film directors (Jihlava Film Fest, 2015)

- Got adopted by the Blackfeet tribe in Montana

- Has traveled to about 25 countries, but really wants to go to Space. Almost had her dream fulfilled at the European Southern Observatory in Chile in 2017.

Follow on Instagram @lifeasnika


CBC Metro Morning "Covid Portraits" radio interview with Gallery 1313, Toronto, 2020

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - We are moving stories, 2019

eFilmCritic interview for Victoria Film Festival, Canada, 2015

Radio interview on "Eccentric Eclectic" with the CFUV, Canada, 2015
An interview by the leading Russian newspaper "Moscow News", 2011 
A review of photography after FAT exhibition in Canada, 2011 
An interview by Andy Carling, an EU accredited freelance journalist (Belgium'09); 
Article in the Oldest Russian Newspaper in North-America «Novoye Russkoe Slovo», New York, 2010
Eye Weekly Magazine online "To Do List" of the week, Canada 2011 
Radiostation «Voice of Russia», Moscow, Russia 2009 
Article for the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography's magazin, VGIK, Moscow, Russia, 2007
East York Mirror Newspaper, Toronto, Canada, 2005

© 2020  by Nika Belianina

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