Born in 1957 in Tallinn. An internationally recognized producer and director, one of Estonia’s most successful documentary filmmakers. She graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in Russia with a PhD, and during her long career in the industry she worked as a script editor and director, and thereafter as the acquisition manager for Estonian Television. In 1998 she founded independent production company Baltic Film Production (BFP), and since then she has produced and direct documentaries, TV serials and feature films for the international market. Her most successful productions, the documentary features Working Title: Wunderkind (2012), Pit No. 8 (2011), Lobotomy (2010), Kalinovsky Square (2007), and The Last Phantoms (2006) have received numerous national and international awards. She also occasionally teaches at the Baltic Film and Media School. Marianna has been honored at MIPDOC 2009 as a European Trailblazer, one of seven documentary filmmakers to be selected from different regions of the world.