Aygul Bakanova was born in 1982 and grew up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She graduated with a B.A. in International Journalism, before continuing her studies in Moscow, specializing in script writing for television. She embarked on a career writing for Russia’s biggest television stations. After 4 years’ experience in Moscow, Aygul started the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School. Aygul is currently developing her first feature project, Drifting Snows, a family drama about a young woman coming to terms with a stale marriage, set against the complex backdrop of modern Kyrgyz society. With this project, Aygul has been selected for the Residence of the Cannes Film Festival.