Born in Moscow in 1979, Fedor Lyass became one of Russia’s top cinematographers soon after graduating from VGIK – a world famous film school attended by Andrei Tarkovsky among other legends of Soviet and Russian cinema. Lyass has since worked with many of the top Russian mainstream and independent directors and gained widespread recognition for his work. With technically innovative and modern visual style being his trademark he shot some of the most high-grossing films in local box-office, like soccer drama Trener (The Coach) and Soulless (a story of an atoned trader based on a bestselling novel by the same name). He has worked in different genres, being it a small-budget art film (I’ll Be Around) or a period TV show (sixties-set Ottepel (The Thaw) is considered to be one of the best shows in Russian language to this day). Lyass has received many awards for his work, and after Hardcore Henry (2015), a first-person action film directed by Ilya Naishuller, was awarded the TIFF Midnight Madness People's Choice Award, Lyass has started working in the US. He has shot a crime thriller Awake, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, an arthouse romance Middleground, and sci-fi thriller AntiSocial.App. His most recent works are cyberpunk-styled limited TV series Darknet and a sci-fi called Free Fall, it’s a one-actor space film about an astronaut lost in space. It was shot in Moscow using on-set virtual production technology.

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Awards and Nominations

"9.8 m/s2"


Directed by Michael Vaynberg

Independent Shorts Awards 2018:

Nominated, Platinum Award

Best Cinematography 

ReelHeART International Film Festival 2018:

Nominated, Festival Prize

Best Cinematography 

Independent Shorts Awards 2018:

Won, Gold Award

Best Cinematography 

"Hardcore Henry"

Directed by Ilya Naishuller
Toronto International Film Festival 2015: People's Choice Award Midnight Madness

"About Love"

Directed by Anna Melikyan
Subtitle European Film Festival (Ireland) 2015: Best Director
Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr 2015: Grand Prix


Directed by Johannes Wahlstrom 

Gothenburg Independent Film Festival 2014: Best Documentary 



Directed by Ivan Vyrypaev 

International Rome Film FestivalStudio Universal Short Film Award 2013


Directed by Roman Prygunov

Opening film of 34th Moscow International Film Festival 2012

"I'll Be Around"

Directed by Pavel Ruminov

Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr 2012: Grand Prix Warsaw Film Festival 2012: Competition Programm OpenRussian Film Festival "AmurskayaOsen" 2012: Best Actress Award Window to Europe Film Festival2012: People’s Choice Award Moscow Film Festival 2012: Premiere Film Festival Pacific Meridian 2012 International Film Festival Cottbus 2012: Competition Programm Molodist Kyiv 2012: Competition Programm 6th Russian Film Festival“Sputnik Over Poland” 2012: Competition Programm Honfleur Russian Film Festivalin France 2012 Russian Films Festival in Jerusalem 2012: Competition Programm


Youth Award 2009

"The Thaw"

(TV series)
Directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy

Film & Television Producers Association Award 2012: Best Cinematography "Nika" AcademyAward 2012: Special Prise TEFI Award 2013: Best TV Series of the Year 


(TV series)
Directed by Valeriya Gay Germanika, Ruslan Malikov, Natalya Meshchaninova
Golden Horn-Nose 2011: Best Camera


Directed by Nikolay Khomeriki 

Sopot Film Festival 1999: Best Short Film