Although she was born in Siberia, Openko has always dreamed of moving to St Petersburg, where she currently lives. She writes about US culture and is in the process of conducting research on Russian soft power. She has been involved in various projects promoting contemporary Russian film and literature in the UK and the US.
Anna Ida Orosz (b. 1986, Budapest) majored in cinema history at the Budapest Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE). Currently she is a PhD candidate of ELTE Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies. Her thesis focuses on Hungarian animated documentaries made in the 1970s and 1980s. She has worked as the animation specialist of the Hungarian Film Archive since 2012; she also is a lecturer of animation history at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. She has been publishing in various film journals, and has been in the organizing committee of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival since 2009. She is the co-founder and curator of PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations Hungary.
Aron was born and raised in California to parents who emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia. After receiving a B.A. in English literature, he moved to Moscow, where he worked as a contributing editor at INRUSSIA. He's currently pursuing a masters degree in Global Journalism and Russian Studies at New York University.