Andrei Plahov graduated from Lvov University's program in mathematics and VGIK; PhD in Art History (dissertation subject: "History and myth in Luchino Visconit's work"). Staff writer of Kommersant newspaper. Plakhov has worked for Moscow Film Festival and other festivals in Russia and served as jury member at festivals in San Sebastian, Tokyo, Berlin, Karlovy Vary and Venice. He worked as a secretary of Russian Filmmakers Union's executive committee as well as president of the dispute commission, which rehabilitated over 250 shelved films (1986-1990). President of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Press (2006-2010), now Honorary President. Member of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Winner of Nika and multiple awards from Russian Guild of Film Critics, author of numerous books and articles.