Katya Bankowsky is a director who specializes in sports, fashion and music video. Her work includes the award winning feature film Shadow Boxers, TV commercials and digital campaigns for clients including the NFL, WNBA, NY Knicks, Reebok, NY Times, US Olympics and Brazilian Brahma beer for which she directed an extensive cross-platform international launch. Katya is represented non-exclusively by Mass Appeal in the US. After filming for T Magazine, Katya began a creative collaboration with French fashion icon Michele Lamy. Battle Royale, the on-going web series she writes, directs and co-stars in with Lamy has premiered in fashion film festivals in Paris and Milan.
Katya’s documentary feature film Shadow Boxers premiered at the Toronto and Berlin International film festivals picking up awards along the festival circuit for direction, cinematography, editing and music. Katya not only directed, produced, and edited Shadow Boxers which went on to receive worldwide distribution, but was amongst the first women to compete in the New York Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Competition. Upon theatrical release, The NY Post described Shadow Boxers as “compelling and beautifully photographed…boxing hasn’t been shown this creatively on screen since Raging Bull”. The Vancouver Sun called Shadow Boxers “a perfect film that blows away stereotypes” and the Los Angeles Times said simply “Shadow Boxers is the best boxing film you are likely to see”.