Max Ksienda (Ksjonda) was born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1978. In 2009, he graduated from the Cinema Faculty of the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, with a BA in Fiction Film Directing. He has worked in advertising as a copywriter, art director and director, and been a celebrated commercial director since 2009.

To quote Max: “I love challenges. I love acting, technical problems, working with stuntmen, practical effects, visual effects… Thrillers, dramas, comedies, horror, or action. I love all genres – except boring”.

Some of Max’s commercial clients have included Samsung, Huawei, Panasonic, OxiClean, and Kia. His multiple-awarded 21-minute short film¬†The Way¬†(2012) was selected for more than 30 festivals worldwide. Among others, it screened at Slamdance, Les Arcs, Cottbus and Odessa Film Festivals as well as the renowned short film festivals in Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Interfilm Berlin and Hamburg.