2017 Angel Film Awards - Monaco International Film Festival angel awards

Official Jury Member VASSA KUZMINA

Russian Actress, Writer, Producer

Russian actress Vassa Kuzmina was born in Moscow she currently lives between Moscow and Los Angeles. She has Russian, Iranian and Turkmenistan ancestry and treats her heritage with great respect.
She finished her studies in Finance in Moscow which she graduated with honors, and then studied at Columbia University in New York.
For Vassa acting always has been her greatest passion, and despite her family’s concerns, Vassa secretly went to the audition and to one of the best theatre schools in Russia and got enrolled.
She was part of different theatrical pieces so far and won a lot of awards even when she was a student.
This year Vassa written and directed and played the lead role in ‘The Muse’ a short movie and she won special new talent award at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality (Indonesia) 2017.
Also Vassa has extensive experience in modeling she worked for Russian Vogue, Tatler, buro24/7 and still makes a lot of interesting projects in fashion.
She also started her own fashion brand and named it The Muse, inspired by the short movie she made.
Last year Vassa started her own production company, her focus are on scripts where women play leading parts. Her dream is to allow a woman or a girl finally get a central part in the script, because it is extremely rare and especially complicated in Russia.
At this current moment Vassa is working at a play at Moscow theatre and is working at the same time on an international project in Los Angeles soon to be announced.

Young, dynamic and goal-driven actress, with excellent training
from Russian classic theatre school and a lot of experience in modeling.

2013 – 2017
Moscow Schepkin’s Art and Theatre University (Actress of a Dramatic Theatre; training - dance, movement, voice, acting, stage combat) (Moscow)
2015 –2016
New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) private coaching
2015 –2016
Ivana Chubbuck’s Studio (Los Angeles)
2015 –2016
Dave Stroud Vocal Studio (Los Angeles)
2012 – 2013
Columbia University Business school
(New York)
2007 – 2011
Moscow State University of International Relations (Moscow)

Film experience
The MUSE ( director M.Malinovskiy) – leading part
The Tramp ( director V.Dantsiger) – supporting role

Theatre experience
Play Turgenev.Today (leading part) (Mayakovskiy theatre)
Play of Maxim Gorkiy Vassa Geleznova (leading part) (Schepkin’s Theatre)
Play of Anton Chekhov Seagull (leading part) (Schepkin’s Theatre)
Comedia del arte (Schepkin’s Theatre)

Interesting facts
Worked as a model for Russian Vogue, SNC, Tatler, buro24/7.ru
Vasilisa is also a screenwriter

Special skills
English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Russian (fluent); Vocal: mezzo-soprano; Horse-riding, Stage combat, Swordplay. Improvisation skills.