Ilya is a freelance director, editor & photographer who delivers creative and entertaining results using brand identity, print, and social media.
She has worked in the film industry for over 5 years, in camera team, director’s assistant and assistant editor positions. She has worked on multiple feature films, including Atom Egoyan’s ‘Remember’ and Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers.
In 2016, I created and ran a Collective comprised of over 40 artists, called the Queen’s Park Water Tower Collective, in which I ran productions and events to promote the local underground arts, music and film scenes in Toronto. During this time she also produced and directed numerous music videos.
For 4 years Ilya was the Artistic Director of the annual Hart House Film Board Festival, which she curated, organized and advertised on behalf of Hart House. She also ran film shoots on behalf of the Hart House Film Board to mentor young trainees in film production.
During this time Ilya worked on on multiple award winning independent film productions in directorial and cinematographer roles, such as her short Hunger Lust and Minsoo Koh’s Payphone.
Ilya then made the transition into working with local brands and businesses specializing in advertorial videography and photography for clients such as Toronto Tans, Hart House Film Board, LOHN candles and TIJN.
Her works have been featured in numerous publications, such as Vogue Italia, Gripped Magazine, Archive the Mag and Toksick Magazine both online and in print.
In 2020 she co-founded Bad Flower Pictures, alongside Pia Graham, with the intention to promote and create more female focused sports media.
In 2021 she worked with North Face, Mate Libre and the Big Initiative on a project focused on exploring femininity and strength within rock climbing.
Ilya currently is developing her voice as a director and editor, through commercial, documentary and narrative work.
Interview with Downtown Camera
"My work is heavily influenced by a life in the film industry. With my family being filmmakers, I grew up travelling around on sets, which led to a fascination with capturing the essence of emotions and human connection through the medium of a lens."
"My favourite camera set up is ideally my lovely Canon T90, with a 50mm lens, a good flash and a few gels for fun! I can't say enough good things about the CanonT90, its so fun to use and has so much potential. I can shoot almost anything I need on it. I love using Portra 400, but have recently transitioned to Portra 160, especially when shooting outdoor bouldering or editorials with my flash. Lomography is always a go to, the colours are so vivid and beautiful!"
"I am inspired by the people around me. For me, photography has always been about capturing a moment or emotion, trying to make a feeling or idea into something tangible. Most of my portraits, commission and commercial work aside, are of the people in my life. I draw my inspiration from the things that I love; be that my friends, music or film. Colours are also a major fixation of mine, that and matching them to emotions. I really think you don't need a whole fancy set up to create good work. Just an emotional connection and appreciation towards your subjects."
"I am always looking to shoot with new people and collaborate with other artists."