Vladimir Grammatikov, winner of the 2016 Presidential Prize for writing and art for children and young people
The prize is awarded for the contribution to the development of national cinema art and the cultural and aesthetic education of children and youth.
Vladimir Grammatikov is a Moscow-based film director.
He was born on June 1, 1942 in Sverdlovsk. He is the creative producer of Disney Russia and the CIS; secretary and board member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia (1983).
Mr Grammatikov directed many well-known and widely popular films for children and won prizes at national and international film festivals. He is the principal director and artistic director of the children's series Sesame Street (1996–2004).
He is the artistic director of the multimedia project, Happiness is …, aimed at supporting young Russian cinematographers and playwrights.
Vladimir Grammatikov is the President of the International Festival of Visual Arts for Children and Youth; the initiator of the Boomerang national open children and youth forum of cinematic arts – a unique cultural project establishing dialogue and cooperation between young artists and established masters of cinema, television and journalism, introducing the young to the cultural heritage of the 20th century and the best of modern culture.
Titles and Awards: Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation (1995); Order of Friendship (2010); prizes and awards at Russian and international film festivals.
Anastasia Orlova, winner of the 2016 Presidential Prize for writing and art for children and young people
The prize is awarded for a series of poems and prose for very young children.
Anastasia Orlova (Anastasia Rogakh) is a children's author from Yaroslavl Region.
Ms Orlova was born on January 27, 1981, in Volzhsky, Volgograd Region.
She is a member of the Writers' Union of Moscow (2011), and of the Russian PEN Centre (2014).
She authored about 20 books for children aged two to five. Her poems and prosaic miniatures are designed for family reading; they create space for games and serious occupations, for joy and reverie.
Her works are recognised by the masters of Russian children's literature and enjoy reader demand. Her books revive the domestic tradition of introducing young children to the wealth of the Russian language and culture. She has won the trust and love of many Russian families, and has done a great deal to enrich family reading and to help foster a new reading generation. The poet often travels to meet with young readers across Russia, conducts extensive educational work, and participates in the projects of the Galchonok charity fund.
Awards: Anton Delvig Literary Award (2012), the New Children's Book literary competition (2012, 2014), the Crystal Spring literary festival and competition, the Samuil Marshak Literary Prize (2013), the Kornei Chukovsky Prize, the Anna Akhmatova Prize (2014).
Leonid Shvartsman, winner of the 2016 Presidential Prize for writing and art for children and young people
The prize is awarded for his contribution to the development of the national animation art.
Leonid Shvartsman is a Moscow-based artist and director.
Mr Shvartsman was born on August 30, 1920 in Minsk.
He was an artist and director of the Soyuzmultfilm animated film studio from 1948 to 2002.
He is the production and animation director of 57 animated films.
Mr Shvartsman is a recognised classic of Russian animation, and a creator of unique animated characters. Several generations of Russian children have grown up with the kind, clever and touching characters he created. His work has opened new pages in puppet animation, and his visual solutions have not lost their value in the eyes of new generations of children over the years.
Titles and Awards: People's Artist of the Russian Federation (2002); a number of professional prizes and awards; member of the USSR Artists’ Union (1954) and the USSR Cinematographers’ Union (1957).