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Anastasia Babenko is a Ukrainian writer/director based in Seattle, WA. Her debut short film The Diaper Cake received a Vimeo Staff Pick and played over twenty Oscar-qualifying film festivals around the globe, including Clermont-Ferrand IFF, Palm Springs ShortFest, Short Shorts & Asia, etc. Her new project Siren's Cove, was invited to participate in Talents Sarajevo Script Lab 2023, and is currently in development. Anastasia curates cultural events, screenings, and art shows benefiting Ukraine. In 2024, she joined Bend Film Festival as one of the shorts programmers.


2022 – At Ballard’s free Das Schaufenster, ‘The Middle Seat’ is a window into Ukraine-Russia tensions / The Seattle Times

2022 – Ukraine films bring dose of reality to Palm Springs ShortFest / Palm Springs Life

2022 – Ukrainian film director turns focus to plight of home country / Kyodo News+

2022 – Seattle art show honors Ukrainian symbols of hope / Crosscut 

2021 – Small Talk: Anastasia Babenko, Ukrainian film director / Marie Claire Ukraine 

2021 – Three participants of 7+7 festival about their films, gender, and prejudice / BESTIN.UA 

2021 – Anastasia Babenko's 8 favorite movies / Wonderzine 

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