The multi-award winning writer/director/producer Vladimir Alenikov began his artistic career in the Soviet era of communism. Alenikov’s first widespread success came through a series of children’s films featuring his creations - the characters “Petrov and Vasechkin” becoming Russian national treasures. Turning to the stage, in 1985, Alenikov wrote, produced and directed the first Soviet-American stage musical entitled “Peace Child,” performed in the United States and 32 other countries around the world.
In 1990 Alenikov completed “The Drayman and the King” a film based on the work of Isaac Babel in the vein of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and ultimately, the most successful Russian musical. The film garnered several prizes in Russia and was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and the American Film Institute (AFI) Festival in Los Angeles, among others.
In August 1991, Alenikov found himself in the midst of the Russian coup attempt which sought to end the democratic movement of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Taking to the streets in protest and resisting the coup with a video camera alongside tanks, barricades, and the people of the streets of Moscow, Alenikov captured the resistance to the coup in his acclaimed documentary “The Awakening,” which was distributed internationally.
Alenikov’s “Time of Darkness” (aka “The Clearing”), starring George Segal, appeared at a number of international film festivals and was sold all over the world. His last American directorial work, “The Gun (from 6 to 7:30 pm),” which he also produced, wrote and edited was produced by his company Front Line Films. “The Gun” was an official selection for the World Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival (and the only American entry). The film also appeared at numbers of International Film Festivals.
His romantic comedy “The God’s Smile or Odessa Story” which he also produced, wrote and edited won the biggest awards on the Russian National Film Festivals. His most recent producer’s work is American production feature comedy “Garbage” with Michael Madsen, Darryl Hanna, William Boldwin and others. His most recent director’s work is the innovative and touching drama “Princess’ War”, which he also wrote, edited and produced.
In 2009 Vladimir Alenikov became the Artistic Director of the oldest and one of the biggest Russian film studios – Russian Central Studio Of Documentary Films (RCSDF). He is producing documentaries and features in different genres.
During last decade Mr. Alenikov works also very successfully as a writer, publishing novels and children stories which became bestsellers. In 2007 he became a member of International PEN Club in both countries – Russia and USA.
In 2015, the International Award, DROP (which recognizes a great contribution to the horror and thriller genres) was awarded to Russian film director, Vladimir Alenikov (See Photo)
The prize for “The Great Contribution To The Improvement Of The Moral And Ethical Climate In The Youth Environment» - awarded at the IV International Youth Film Festival " Light of the World " in Yaroslavl , 2014
The prize for "The Huge Contribution To The Children's Cinema" - awarded at the V All-Russian Children's Film Festival "Kinoostrov" in St. Petersburg , 2014
The prize for "The Personal Contribution To The Development Of Youth Filmmaking And To The Scientific Cinema In Russia" - awarded at the II All-Russian Youth Festival of scientific film "Kinnofest" in Penza, 2013
The prize for "The Great Contribution To The Film Comedy" - awarded at the XIV Open Russian Film Festival comedy "Smile, Russia!", 2013
The prize for "The Augmentation Of The Best Traditions Of The National Cinema" - awarded at the VI Russian film festival "Amur’s Autumn", 2008