Petr Samoilov is…What is Petr, anyway? Is he a producer? Yes. Is he a creator and developer of films and TV shows? Yes. Is he a writer? Absolutely, he is. In fact, he has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch Graduate Dramatic Writing Program. He also has a Bachelor and another master’s degree in art history and Theory from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, where he is from. He is currently working as the Creative Executive at Braven Films in New York City.
Petr is obviously a very talented and highly educated person, and his accomplishments are many and basically utilize all of his skills listed above. For instance, he wrote the original screenplay for a short film entitled The Best Fairy for Cinderella. The film was presented at multiple festivals around the globe. It has received a warm and positive critical reception wherever it was screened and won numerous awards at such festivals as SHORT to the Point, Avalonia Festival, Golden Nugget International Film Festival and Model N Movie International Short Film Festival.
The Best Fairy for Cinderella was awarded third prize at Microfest and at the Black and White Rainbow festival. This wonderful movie made it to the finals at the Short Film Factory Festival and advanced to the semi-finals at the Motion For Pictures festival. It was selected for presentation at numerous other festivals around the world, including: Anti-Hero Fest, NOX FILM FEST Salto International Horror and Fantasy Film Fest, MystiCon Independent Film Festival, CMS, INTERNATIONAL CHILREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (ICFF), Asians On Film Festival of Shorts, Harrogate Film Festival and Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg.
He was the Creative Producer on the breakthrough feminist TV show in Russia, We Really Need to Talk. He was on that show from day one and he developed the show’s original concept and broke the basic episode structure. After the show aired, he developed and produced episodes for the first season, covering a wide range of tasks from writing scripts for the host to interviewing the guests for BTS footage. The show was created, produced, and hosted by Yulia Akhmedova – arguably, one of the top stand-up comedians in Russia and a trailblazer for women’s stand-up in the country. The show’s very novel concept combined a reality talk show, which was scripted, stand-up comedy and a roast to make sure that women’s voices were heard in their relationships.