Bohdana Smyrnova

Bohdana Smyrnova

Bohdana Smyrnova is a film writer/director of intimate female driven dramas. She is an alumna of presigious Cannes Film Festival Residence and Script East lab. Former Dean_x0019_s Fellow at NYU Film Grad program. Her films were screened at 350+ events around the world and won 27 awards

Full Bio
Bohdana Smyrnova is a film writer/director of intimate female driven dramas. With a captive eye for mixed messages, Smyrnova has worked out a meticulous improvisational script development technique that provides actors space to explore and actively engage, which later translates beautifully on-screen in authentic and idiosyncratic portraits. She holds an MFA in film production from NYU (USA) where she was Dean_x0019_s Fellow, and a BA from Karpenko-Karyi institute of Theatrical Arts in Ukraine. She is an alumna of presigious Cannes Film Festival Residence and Script East screenwriting lab. Her short films were screened at over 350 events around the world, including Rotterdam IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Slamdance, Taipei Golden Horse, and French theatrical release. Bohdana_x0019_s films/projects won over 20 awards. She has taught film in Syracuse and Wesleyan universities. She is currently preparing her debut feature film. Smyrnova splits her time between the USA and Ukraine.

Professional Credits
Producer, writer/ director:

2021 _x0013_ _x0018_Anywhere She Goes_x0019_, feature

2020 _x0013_ _x0018_When My Sun Sets_x0019_, experimental documentary short, 12 min

2010 _x0013_ _x001C_Her Seat Is Vacant_x001D_, 17 min, 35mm (NYU)

2010 _x0013_ _x001C_My Body In Your Hands_x001D_ 35mm (NYU)

2008 _x0013_ _x001C_Ramona_x0019_s New Dresser_x001D_ 11min, DV, (NYU)

2006 _x0013_ _x001C_The Haircut_x001D_ 6_x0019_30_x001D_, DV, improv. (NYU)

2006 _x0013_ _x001C_Before Vinnie_x0019_s House Burned_x001D_ 4_x0019_30_x001D_, DV, doc. (NYU)

2006 _x0013_ _x001C_Dad, Look&_x001D_ 3_x0019_30_x001D_, 16mm (NYU)

2004 _x0013_ _x001C_I Don_x0019_t Give a Shit About Your Calculus!_x001D_ 20_x0019_, DV

2001 _x0013_ _x001C_Les demarches des papiers_x001D_ * 10_x0019_, 35mm

1999 _x0013_ _x001C_Fried Eggs_x001D_ 10_x0019_, 35mm


2004 - _x0018_Vinil Verde_x0019_ short film by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Bohdana Smyrnova


2016 - _x0018_At Least You Are Here_x0019_ short film by Kristen Swanbeck
Industry Awards

2017 _x0013_ Shortlist, Cinemart (Rotterdam IFF, Netherlands)

2016-2017 _x0013_ ScripTeast Screenwriting Lab (Sterdyn, Poland; Berlin, Germany; Cannes, France)

2016 _x0013_ Connecting Cottbus Pitching Session (Germany)

2016 _x0013_ Micromarket London (UK)

2015 _x0013_ Longlist, June Sundance Screenwriting Lab (Park City, UT)

2015 _x0013_ Shortlist, January Sundance Screenwriting Lab (Park City, UT)

2013 _x0013_ Manny Award, Take Two Film Festival (New York, NY)

2012 _x0013_Wasserman Award Nomination, _x0018_First Run_x0019_ Film Festival (New York, NY)

2011 _x0013_ Shortlist, Sundance Screenwriting Lab (Park City, UT)

2011 _x0013_ Ron Tibbet Award for Excellence in Film, Magnolia Independent Film Festival

(Starkville, MS)

2011 _x0013_ Residence of Cannes Film Festival

2011 _x0013_ 2nd Place on _x0018_F**ck the Valentine_x0019_s Day_x0019_ competition

2010 _x0013_ Prize _x0018_For Best Direction, _x001C_Start_x001D_ Film Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Other Professional Groups
NYCWF, Filmmakehers
Content Types
Documentary, Narrative Features, Media/Art Installation
Director, Editor: Film/Video, Writer
Business Types
Countries Worked In
Foreign Languages Spoken