Alumni spotlight - Karina Kiseleva


22 Jan 2017




Alumni spotlight - Karina Kiseleva

22 Jan 2017

Karina Kiseleva is an alumni of the Bachelor of Film, having graduated in 2016. In an extremely short time she's carved out a name for herself in the international film industry, and continues to distinguish herself with awards for her work. Karina kindly gave us a few minutes to discuss her studies at SAE Dubai and her time since.

What was your favorite part of the course?

  • Working with my team on a new project for every class, it was always an interesting challenge to the finish line!

What are some of your highlights from studying at SAE?

  • During our documentary class we had the opportunity of working with humanitarian volunteers and it helped us see the bigger picture of where our documentary was going to take us!

What skills and knowledge did SAE help you develop?

  • While studying at SAE, we were taught every bit of what it takes to get a film made in all different genres and fields, this has helped me in being confident in different roles on a film-set.

What inspired you to enter into the career you are in?

  • It is my form of creative expression, I was active and enthusiastic about the entertainment field from a young age, and decided to make it my life-long career.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?

  • The environment of collaborating with creative minds.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?

  • SAE allowed me to challenge myself as a creative, because of SAE I now have a portfolio I am proud of to share.

What projects are you working on at the moment? What is the concept? How did you come to it?

  • I have recently opened my own production company called "Kiseleva Films" I look forwarded tocontinue making more films and entertaining the audience.

"Katyusha" and Best Director Award.

  • Katyusha was my final creative project for SAE, and it had been selected for New York Independent Film Festival and SocialCiti "Battle Of The Shorts" in Dubai - where I had won the Best Director Award. Had it not been for SAE, this film would perhaps never been made!

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?

  • Persistence. Show up to work everyday, by that I mean, be there for your script, be there for your film, this is your avenue of expression, therefore keep creating and SHOW YOUR WORK. We're much more harsh in criticizing our own work - audiences are not that hostile, they go to see films to connect too, so be honest in your work, don't filter it.