Margarita Zhitnikova

Actor & Co-Founder
Besties Make Movies

Full Bio
I was born in Russia and came over to the states with my fam as Jewish Refugees when I was 6. We touched down in Coney Island and never left NYC again. I act & model. Keeping my acting skills sharp is a cornerstone for me so I study at The Studio Act under the direction of Brad Calcaterra on an ongoing basis. It's important for me to use my voice to advocate for intersectional feminism, self love, equality, sustainability, animals, and queer voices. If you believe in these things as well, follow me on social media, I'm all over the place

After trying on several work-wife relationships I met my other 1/2 Stacey Maltin and we gave birth to the production company Besties Make Movies.

I'm honored and grateful to be a member of some amazing communities: New York Women in Film & TV, The Filmshop, Dreamers // Doers, The COBWEB, NYC Women in Filmmakers, SAGAFTRA, Velodrome Theater Company, Mythic Bridge, & Women Changing the (Cultural) World.˝

Professional Credits
Triple Threat (feature) - Actor/Producer

Appetite (short) - Actor/Writer/Producer

Jones (short) - Actor/Writer/Producer

2 WEEKS (short) - Actor/Writer/Producer

Linked (series) - Actor/Creator/Producer

Big Exit (feature) - Actor/Producer

Pair of Normals (digital series) - Actor/Producer

Landing Up (feature) - Actress/Co-Producer

Slice (digital series) - Actress/Producer/Co-creator

Working on It (digital series) - Actress/Creator/Producer

You're The Pest (digital series) - Co-Producer
Industry Awards
Nominated for Best Actress at Twister Alley International Film Festival, Gig Harbor FF, FirstGlance FF & Simply Indie FF.

Nominated for Best Actress for Slice at Brooklyn Web Fest.