Vika was born in the Soviet Union during the perestroika. But as her popstar mother and physicist father fled the country, she spent her early years as an immigrant in Northern Ireland. After graduating from Cambridge University she performed with a jazz orchestra and a drum and bass band, then travelled to Cuba where she studied screenwriting at the Escuela Internacional del Cine near Havana. Since starting to direct, her short doc RELATIVE MADNESS premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and her first narrative short KATYA & THE SCARLET SAILS premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the International Canada Film Festival and Best Short at Fargo Fantastic Film Festival. Her online spot FIND YOUR PEOPLE for Atsby Vermouth was a finalist in the 2014 AICP Award before being shortlisted for the Porsche International Student Advertising Film Awards. Vika attended the NYU Grad Film Program where she was mentored by Spike Lee, Rebecca Miller and Todd Solondz and was the recipient of the Movado Exceptional Artist Prize. Her first feature THE PLACE BEHIND HER EYES was the winner of Best Graduate Feature Screenplay at this year’s Fusion Film Festival and a winner of the NYU Purple List 2015.