Alina Milkina

  • Visual Storyteller
  • Netherlands



Alina Milkina is a Ukrainian film director and animator. While growing up in Eastern Ukraine, Alina used to watch a lot of USSR animation which influenced her future signature as a visual storyteller. She graduated from Minerva Academy in Groningen with a gravure printing techniques specialisation, where she started experimenting with analogue animation and storytelling spaces. She obtained the master’s degree in AKV st. Joost in’s- Hertogenbosch in animation.

Now, after working for several years in the Dutch film industry, Alina returned to independent film making.

As a visual story-teller she loves showing narratives which you can not capture in a daily life, but only depict through animations. She has been always challenging herself to be an animator who puts simple things and objects into the spotlight in order to show how unconventionally beautiful everyday life is. Her short film Morning Grass was selected for Annecy in 2021.


2D animator at Submarine

September 2020 – January 2022 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2D animator

2D animation intern at Submarine

September 2020 – December 2020 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2D rough animation, tie down and clean up

Freelance Animator at Freelance

January 2018 – Present Groningen, Netherlands

2D animation, illustration

Art Atelier intern at l minuscule

March 2018 – April 2018 Le Havre, France

Animation intern at Christa Moesker

March 2018 – June 2018 Groningen, Netherlands

Russian language teacher at Freelance

2017 – 2018 Groningen, Netherlands


Master of Animation at AKV st.Joost

2019 – 2020 's-Hertogenbosch

Bachelor of Arts (animation illustration design) at Minerva Art Academy

2015 – 2019 Groningen, Netherlands


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