Max Ksjonda was born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1978. He holds an MA in Quality Management. In 2009, he graduated from the Cinema Faculty of the Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema and Television, with a BA in Fiction Film Directing. He has worked in advertising as a copywriter, art director and director, and been a freelance director since 2009.
His multiple-awarded 21-minute short film The Way (2012) was selected for more than 30 festivals worldwide. Among others, it screened at Slamdance, Les Arcs, Cottbus and Odessa Film Festivals as well as the renowned short film festivals in Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Interfilm Berlin and Hamburg.