VITALY MANSKIY was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine.
In the year 1982 he entered the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) (S.E. Medynskiy's workroom). His first work in the world of cinematography appeared in 1989, and since that time he has shot more than 30 films. His works were presented at more than 500 international film festivals, among which we can site forums in Cannes, San-Sebastian, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, Oberhausen, San-Francisco, Lokarno, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Turin, Krakov, Rio de Janeiro, Yamagata, Lisbon and many others.
He was awarded with more than 100 awards and prizes in Russia and abroad that include "Silver Globe" of Karlovy Vary IFF, "Silver dove" of Leipzig festival, the award for best director and special jury prize of Tallin IFF "Black Nights", Grand Prix at Warszaw, Jihlava, Trieste, Huesca IFF. Best for best director at Lokarno, DocAviv (Israel), Prix court metrage Vision du Reel - Nyon, Golden Spire in San Francisco, Grand Prix of Huesca Film Festival, the "Prize of Europe" diploma, the prize at "New Europe" film festival, established by SAT Channel, Laurel Awards, The National award of cinema critics and press "Beliy Slon" ("White Elephant"), Russian Film Academy Award "Nika". His films were not once shown on the leading channels in practically all European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Canada, South Korea and other countries.
Since 1996 Manskiy has been working on a project that aims at archivation of amateur private video files that were shot in the times of the former USSR from 30's till 90's of the ХХth century. Thus we have the unique archives of one and only films – evidences of the Soviet society's private life.
Films produced by Manskiy were awarded with numerous awards, including the IDFA Prize in Amsterdam 2006, "TEFI" award, Grand Prix of the "Russia" film festival, Le Grand Prix du Cinema du Reel-Festival International Cinema du reel, Paris, France, "Silver Dove" at the international film festival in Leipzig, the "Laurel" awards and others.
As of the year 1995 he worked in Television. Manskiy was the author and producer of the project "Reality cinema" that was on air from 1995 on the First Russian Channel, where one could see premières of the best world documental films. In the same year he became director of the Film Demonstration Service, and then the first General producer of the channel "REN - TV", on which hundreds of best documentary films from all over the world were shown for the first time. In 1999 he went to the "Russia" channel, where he became Head of Production and demonstration of documentary projects Service. Being a director, he released more than 300 films that were demonstrated on channels "Russia", "First Channel", "NTV", "STS", "Culture", "7TV".
In 2000 Manskiy was the first one to institute the National Prize "Laurel", and in 2006 he became Director General of this award that is handed for the best documental films; and then Manskiy became one of the founders of the guild of "Non-fiction cinema and television of Russia". In 2009 together with Eldara Razanov, Aleksey German, Aleksandr Sokurov, Yuriy Norshteyn... founded alternative Russian Film Union.
Vitaly Manskiy is the Prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Awards, of the medal of the Russian Rosaviakosmos "Golubaya Planeta" (Blue Planet); he is Academician of the Cinema Academy "NIKA", the member of the Russian Cinema Academy "TEFI", Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Cinema and Radio. Deputy Chief of Russian Film Union, General producer of National Film Award "Lavrovaya Vetv" (Laurel Branch), President of documentary film festival "Artdocfest". President of the Moscow Documentary Films Festival "ARTDOKFEST".
Natalia Manskaya, spouse, General Manager of Vertov Production Company. 2 children – Polina, studied producing at MHAT, Nika – designer.
Since 2014 lives and works in Latvia.