Moscow International Film Festival
Mr. Kyrill Razlogov
Head of the Selection Committee
Mr. Andrei Plakhov
Year of Foundation 1959
Event Date from 18 April 2019 till 25 April 2019
in Moscow, Russia
Sections Main Competition, Documentary Competition, Short Film Competion, Program of Russian Films, Non-Competition Screenings, Retrospective Screenings
Terms of Entry competition: only DCP films (main competition) produced after May 1, 2018 (expect short films); preferences: world and international premieres. Short films produced after May 1, 2018 with duration of not more than 35 minutes are accepted for the short films competition. Submission of online screeners is preferred. Films which participate at the Non-competition section (except Retrospective screenings) shouldn’t be previously screened in Russia.
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Registration Deadline Regular Deadline for entries is February 10, 2019
Extended Deadline is February 17, 2019
(submission via https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1651)
Fees Regular: 60 USD (features), 10 USD (shorts); Extended: 80 USD (features), 15 USD (shorts)
Attendance Figures 130,000
Participants of the Film Industry The festival is attended by representatives of Russian cinema, distribution and production companies, and more than 400 international industry representatives.
Prizes/Awards The Grand Jury will award the following prizes - Statuettes of St George:
- Main prize for the Best Film (goes to the producer);
- Special Jury prize (awarded in accordance with the Jury's decision)
- Prize for the Best Director
- Prize for the Best Actor
- Prize for the Best Actress
The Jury of the Documentary Competition will award:
- Prize for the best film
- Prize for the best film of Short Films Competition.
The Organizing Committee and General Management of the 38th MIFF award the following prizes:
- Special Prize for an outstanding contribution to the world cinema
- Special prize «I Believe. K.Stanislavsky» for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting, and devotion to the principles of K.Stanislavsky's school.
The following prizes are also awarded during the Festival:
- Prize of the International film critics jury (FIPRESCI Jury) for the best film in the Main Competition (goes to the director)
- Prizes of the Russian film critics jury for the best film in the Main Competition (goes to director)
- The Audience Choice Award for the best film in the Main Competition following the audience polls results (goes to the director)
- Prize of the Russian Film Clubs Federation for the best film in the Main Competition (goes to the director).
THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck (DE/BR, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)
Short Film Competition
EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND (ENTSCHULDIGUNG, ICH SUCHE DEN TISCHTENNISRAUM UND MEINE FREUNDIN) by Bernhard Wenger (AT/DE/SE)
THE HEIRESSES by Marcelo Martinessi (PY/UY/DE/BR/NO/FR, Pandora Film Produktion)
TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie (RO/DE/CZ/BG/FR, Rohfilm Productions)
Free Thought. Documentary Cinema Program
HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei (Human Flow UG)
OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki (DE/SY, Basis Berlin, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion)
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (DER PRINZ UND DER DYBBUK) by Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosołowski (PL/DE, Kundschafter Filmproduktion, zero one Filmproduktion)
8 ½ Films
IN THE AISLES (IN DEN GÄNGEN) by Thomas Stuber (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Rotor Film, Departures Film)
JUPITER’S MOON by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/CH/SE, Match Factory Productions)
MY BROTHER’S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (MEIN BRUDER HEISST ROBERT UND IST EIN IDIOT) by Philip Gröning (DE/FR/CH, Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film, Bavaria Pictures)
CINEMA FOR ALL AND EVERYONE
ARRHYTHMIA by Boris Khlebnikov (RU/FI/DE, COLOR OF MAY)
Euphoria of Resistance
3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (3 TAGE IN QUIBERON) by Emily Atef (DE/AT/FR, Rohfilm Factory)
FOXTROT by Samuel Maoz (DE/IL/FR/CH, Pola Pandora)
MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (LICHT) by Barbara Albert (AT/DE, Looks Filmproduktionen)
55 STEPS by Bille August (DE/BE, Elsani Film, MMC Movies)
GODLESS YOUTH (JUGEND OHNE GOTT) by Alain Gsponer (die film gmbh, Constantin Film Production)
Number of Films Shown 222 films from around 50 countries
Media Coverage considerable response in the Russian media; international media coverage mainly in specialist publications; more than 2,500 journalists from TV and radio stations, press agencies, newspapers and Internet agenciesSpecific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").
Evaluation The Festival, which is an "A-Festival" and among the oldest in the world with its first, irregular edition in 1935, is an interesting meeting point between Eastern and Western film culture. Due to organizational and at times also financial problems, however, it has in the past few years lost some of its good reputation. The management is trying hard to regain its former level.
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