Anastasiya Palchikova is a screenwriter, director, and musician. In 2008, she graduated from the screenwriting department of VGIK, having studied under Natalya Ryazantseva. While still a student, she was published in the prestigious magazines Iskusstvo kino and Kinotsenarii. Her scripts for both television and film have included work for Valery Todorovsky and Vladimir Mirzoev. Masha is her feature directorial debut.