Ivan Golovnev was born in 1978. He graduated from the Omsk State University, History department. In 2002 he finished college at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio in Ekaterinburg, department of directors of cinema and TV. In 2005 — he finished the Highest Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow, department of film directors. He holds a PhD in Ethnology from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Russian Academy of Science. Winner and participant in international film festivals and film projects.