Masha Novikova (Kyiv, 1989) is a writer and director born and raised in a Jewish family of artists in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In 2010, Novikova moved to Magdeburg, Germany to participate in the Voluntary Social Work Year program. She then studied fine arts under Professor Karin Kneffel and Professor Julian Rosefeldt at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, and earned a degree with distinction in Fine Arts (Meisterschülerin Prof. Karin Kneffel). At the Academy, she discovered a passion for video art. This led her to pursue a MA in Filmmaking at London Film School, studying under directors Richard Kwietniowski and Rafael Kapelinski. She is also an alumna of Berlinale Talents Sarajevo and Ildikó Enyedi's Directing Workshop, and a member of Primetime Network, BAFTA Connect Network, and European Women's Audiovisual Network.
Her graduation short film Glorious Revolution (2021) won 3rd prize in the La Cinef section at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, two major awards at Hamptons IFF, the Peter Macgregor-Scott Memorial Award and the University Short Film Award and Best UK Short Film Award at Raindance FF. The film was also shortlisted for the 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards in the Live Action category and considered by more than twenty international film festivals, such as Sao Paulo IFF, Edinburgh IFF, Poitiers FF, and others. Glorious Revolution will air on France 2 and Canal+ (Poland).
Novikova is currently developing her debut feature film, Pornoland (working title), with the support of the Short Circuit’s First Features development fund (Scotland), Kunstfonds Foundation (Germany), and Erwin and Gisela von Steiner Foundation (Germany).