THE SHORTLIST OF THE FILM FESTIVAL PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

The competition program of the 19th Baikal International Film Festival «People and Environment» named after V. G. Rasputin has already been formed. It will take place from 24 to 28 September in Irkutsk. This year, 27 works were selected from 249 applications, including 10 documentaries and popular science films, 5 live actions and 12 animated films. The film about the most pressing environmental problems will receive the Baikal prize for the acuteness of the problem. In addition, special prizes will be awarded by the youth jury, the media community and the audience. The Grand-Prix of the festival is 200 thousand rubles.

The selection committee includes art history Ph. D., associate professor of Journalism and Economics Department at the Baikal State University of Economics and Law, member of the Russian Union of Journalists, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, Olga Krasnoyarova; director of Regional State Autonomous Cultural Institution (OGAUK) «Irkutsk Regional Film Fund», member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation Maria Kelchevskaya; actress, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation and the Screen Actors Guild, the lecturer of Irkutsk branch of Russian State University of Cinematography Tatiana Skorokhodova, head of Department for organization of regional film distribution «Irkutsk Regional Film Fund» Elena Murzina, head of the Film Production Development Department of the Regional State Autonomous Cultural Institution (OGAUK) «Irkutsk Regional Film Fund», member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation Polina Stepanova; Director General of PR-firm Podkova, journalist, lecturer in journalism and advertising at the Irkutsk National Research Technical University Nadezhda Zaitseva; festival debut film promotion specialist (St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television) Yulia Yakimova; the director-animator Georgy Boguslavskiy; cultural studeis Ph.D., philologist, associate professor of film, television and multimedia directing in Irkutsk branch of Russian State University of Cinematography Tatyana Shemetova; director Maria Aristova;

Nadezhda Zaitseva, member of the selection committee: «I think that the competition program of the future festival is very strong. The choice, as always, is very wide, which shows the popularity of the Irkutsk film forum. The films of the festival contain everything: drama, cognition, experience and reflection. I hope that the audience will appreciate it. The highlight of the festival is the film «Buromsky Island» directed by Olga Stefanova and dedicated to the pioneers in polar research who gave their lives to the development of this hostile land. As usual, the festival program includes films about the ocean and its inhabitants. But a special place among them will take the film «Sharkwater: Extinction». The film tells about the tragic fate of its author — director Rob Stewart, who once did not come back from another dive. The audience will have to witness an irreversible event that was left on film.»

Documentaries:

1) Sockeye Salmon. Red fish, directed by Dmitry Shpilenok, Vladislav Grishin, 51 min., Russia, 2020

2) Pariah Dog, directed by Jesse Alk, 77 min, USA, 2020

3) The White Reindeer, directed by Zoltan Torok, 58 min, Hungary, Russia, Sweden, 2019

4) Buromsky Island, directed by Olga Stefanova, 80 min., Russia, 2020

5) Salt, directed by Vladimir Eisner, 38 min, Russia, 2020

6) When Tomatoes met Wagner, directed by Marianna Economou, 72 min, Germany, 2019

7) Water. Thirst time, directed by Evgeniy Bezborodov, 39 min, Russia, 2020

8) Spirit of Jaguar, directed by Pavol Barabas, 58 min, Slovakia, 2018

9) Baikal: CODE RED? Directed by Alexander Gornovsky, 90 min, Russia, 2020

10) Extinction, directed by Rob Stewart, 85 min, Canada, 2018

Elena Utrobina, program director of the festival: «To choose fiction films that match the theme of our festival is not an easy task, but there are always directors who manage to combine the natural or environmental component of the script with good acting and decent camerawork. We also have such films this year. Thanks to them, we will be able to get closer to the understanding that a clean planet begins with each of us, we will learn how nature helps to fight against injustice and once again realize how important their native land is for people».

Fiction films

1) Ecolove, directed by Dmitry Grigoriev, 24 min, Russia, 2019

2) Pureza, directed by Renato Barbieri, 101 min, Brazil, 2019

3) Earth, directed by Sevgi Hirschhäuser, 105 min, Germany, Turkey, 2019

4) Ecology lesson, directed by Ivan Sosnin, 20 min, Russia, 2019

5) This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection, directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, 119 min, Lesotho, South Africa, Italy, 2019

Georgy Boguslavsky, member of the selection сommittee: «We have received more than 50 applications from all over the world: from Europe, Iran, India, even South Africa — a country that is rarely seen at animation festivals. As a result, the program turned out to be very international — there are just under half of Russian films in it. We had a great choice of works chose from works in entirely different styles and animation techniques: from the common drawn cartoons and 3D to absolutely experimental ones — for example, made from a mixture of natural materials, branches, stones, coals or the animated decor of the Berlin underground. Genres and ways to tell the story also suit all tastes — children's fairy tale, parable, fantasy based on historical events, music video, poetic animation. We tried to select the most interesting and bright cartoons, and put together a program so that it was interesting to viewers of all ages.»

Animated films

1) Drop by Drop, directed by Alexandra Ramirez, 9 min, Portugal

2) The Flat, directed by Lev Voloshin, 1 min, Moldova

3) The Fourfold, directed by Alisi Telengut, 7 min, Canada

4) On the beach directed by Samuel Chovan, 3 min, Slovakia, 2020

5) Drake, Rope and Acorn, directed by Alina Titorenko, 6 min, Russia, 2020

6) a Warm Salty Wind, directed by Maria Korzhova, 2 min, Russia, 2020

7) Game, directed by Alexey Fedorov, 3 min, Russia, 2019

8) a Lunx In the Town. Directed by Nina Bisiarina, 7 min, France, 2019

9) Oasis, directed by Daria Kashcheeva, 2 min, Chech Republic, 2017

10) Darkness, directed by Hossein Moradizadeh, 3 min, Islamic Republic of Iran, 2018

11) Baby Bird, directed by Marat Narimanov, 7 min, Russia, 2020

12) Kuafu, directed by Ji Weng, 8 min, China, 2019

Reference

Baikal International Film Festival «People and Environment» named after V. G. Rasputin – the festival of «pure cinema» on the shore of the cleanest lake on the planet. It is intended as a film platform that makes one think about the complex relationship between man and nature in order to form an ecological consciousness. It has been held since 1999. Since 2015, the festival has been named after the writer Valentin Rasputin. The President of the festival is a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter, producer, teacher, Merited Artist of the Russian Federation Sergey Miroshnichenko.





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