Representative of Berlin Film Festival for South-Eastern Europe
Nikitin, born in Moscow in 1974, studied film/television sciences, art history/drama in Bochum (Germany). During studies he started a video-club, was a cinema programmer and a research assistant to his professor. In 1995 he founded the widely distributed film magazine 'Schnitt', which he headed until 2010. Nikitin published various film books, translated and hosted film discussions. As a publicist, he has been active for various (festival) publications as well as for radio and television. Nikitin has been working as a script consultant and has set experience. In 1999 he initiated the 'Schnitt Preis', which has been awarded since 2001 in the event 'Filmplus' in Cologne, which he heads as artistic director. So far it’s the only festival focusing on the important work of film editors. He has been a member of the board of selection for 'GoEast' (Wiesbaden) since 2001 and supervisor of the German Films study on German cinema in Russia, Poland and Hungary. In May 2002 he was appointed Central/Eastern-Europe, CentralAsia and the Caucasus delegate to the Berlin Film Festival and still holds this position today. Nikitin has been a member of many international juries and traveled to many different festivals. Nikitin is a jury member of the Coproduction Award of the Robert Bosch Foundation, which supports short film coproduction between Germany and Eastern Europe (up 70.000 Euros). 2004 Nikitin worked as Artistic Director on the omnibus film „LOST AND FOUND“.Since 2005 he is competition programmer of the Palic European Film Festival (Serbia). He participated in EAVE 2007 workshop and is since then EAVE’s festival strategies expert. In 2009 Nikitin initiated the web shortfilm-festival EUROPE IN SHORTS and researched a film package for the Goethe-Institute („The Celluloid Curtain – Europe’s Cold War in Film“). In 2013 he curated the competition called LOOK! at the Oostende Filmfestival in Belgium. In August 2013 his brain-child SCHOOL OF FILM AGENTS – SOFA took place in Wroclaw. Nikitin teaches at different workshops and film schools: RuhrUniversity (Bochum), Baltic Film & Media School (Tallinn), IFS (Cologne), dffb (Berlin), Tom Tykwer’s workshop FILMAFRIKA! ( Kenya).He is a member of FIPRESCI and European Film Academy.