Ksenia Naughton
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Ksenia is a Russian-born award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer based in Chicago. She earned her MFA degree in Cinema Directing from Columbia College Chicago. Ksenia is a member of BAFTA Connect and NYWIFT.

Her films have been screened at a multitude of film festivals around the globe. Ksenia is a recipient of the Albert P. Weisman Award, Carole Fielding Student Grant, The Arch Bruce Brown Foundation Grant and The Lya Dym Rosenblum Professional Development Award. Her thesis film Jack and Anna has screened at 40+ festivals including the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. It won the Best Global Short: Beyond the Rainbow Award at the 2019 SCAD Savannah Film Festival and has been nationally recognized at the 42nd Telly Awards, garnering Silver and Bronze Awards. Ksenia was also nominated for the Young Director Award, Cannes Lions.

Ksenia’s portfolio includes credits on numerous well-known productions in various roles. Recently, she co-directed a feature-length screen adaptation of One Woman Hamlet, a play dedicated to mental health awareness, which premiered at the 2022 NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival. She is currently developing a few projects, including a pilot, a short, and a feature. Her short screenplay, The Blouse, recently won the Grand Prize at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition 2022.


  • Jack and Anna - Official Trailer