Moscow International Film Festival
Mr. Kyrill Razlogov
Head of the Selection Committee
Mr. Andrei Plakhov
Year of Foundation 1959
Event Date from 22 April 2020 till 29 April 2020
in Moscow, Russia
Sections Main Competition, Documentary Competition, Short films Competition, Out of Competition screening, Retrospective screening, Russian programs
Terms of Entry competition: only DCP films (main competition) produced after May 1, 2019 (expect short films); preferences: world and international premieres. Short films produced after May 1, 2019 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 21 February 2020
Fees Features (Main Competition): 40€; Documentary (Main Competition): 40€; Short Films: 15€
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).
MEETING GORBACHEV by Werner Herzog & André Singer (GB/US/DE, Werner Herzog Film)
THE MOVER by Dāvis Sīmanis (LV/DE, Oval Media)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (BD/DE/RU, Tandem Productions)
Short Film Competition
ARMED LULLABY by Yana Ugrekhelidze (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
8 ½ Films
NEVER LOOK AWAY (WERK OHNE AUTOR) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film)
Euphoria of Delusions
I WAS AT HOME BUT (ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER) by Angela Schanelec (DE/RS, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec)
ROJO by Benjamín Naishtat (AR/BR/FR/NL/DE, Sutor Kolonko)
The Time of Women
FLATLAND by Jenna Cato Bass (ZA/LU/DE, IGC Films)
LEMONADE by Ioana Uricaru (RO/CA/DE/SE, 42film)
WOMEN’S DAY by Dolya Gavanski (GB/DE/RU/BG, elemag pictures)
Paths of Turkish Cinema
GRAIN by Semih Kaplanoğlu (TR/DE/FR/SE/QA, Heimatfilm)
THE WILD PEAR TREE by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (TR/FR/DE/SE, DETAiLFILM)
THE CONFORMIST by Bernardo Bertolucci (IT/FR/DE, Maran Film)
Free Thought. Documentary Cinema Program
ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady (DE/GB/AU, Chromosom Film)
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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