Yelizaveta Smith was born in 1990 in Odessa, Ukraine. She graduated with a degree in film directing from the Kiev National Theatre, Cinema and Television University in 2014. Her short films have screened at several Ukrainian festivals and she has participated in international workshops and projects. One focus of her work is documentary theatre. In 2016 she led a youth theatre workshop together with Georg Genoux in Constance, Germany as part of an international exchange. Her films include Visit (2011); Beyond the Blanket (2012); Nails (2013); and, Bortoba (2014).