Vladimir Leschiov was born in Daugavpils, Latvia. After graduating from the J. Rosenthal Riga Art School, he pursued an animation degree at Sweden’s Konstfack University College of Arts. During his studies, Leschiov made Granddad’s Honey (2002), a striking and tender film about a lonely old man living out the last days of his life. He later completed Insomnia (2004), a beautifully drawn depiction of that painful space between sleep and wakefulness.
In 2007, Leschiov founded his own animation studio, Lunohod, whose first production was Wings and Oars (2009), a personal portrait of love and loss. The film was the second collaboration between Leschiov and acclaimed NFB composer Normand Roger.
More recently, Leschiov teamed up with Estonian animator Kaspar Jancis to create Villa Antropoff (2012), which was nominated for the prestigious European Film Award. Leschiov’s latest film, Rainy Days (2014), marks his first collaboration with the NFB.