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Anniversary Baikal International Film Festival: Full Program Announced

Opening of the 20th Baikal International Film Festival People and Environment named after V. Rasputin will be held in Irkutsk on September 8 at the Zvezdny Cinema. The full program has been formed and published on the website of the film festival. 

The opening film will be the documentary picture Heavenly Crimea. The film is directed by famous Russian documentary filmmaker Sergey Debizhev.

The competition program includes 31 documentary, popular science, feature, animation and full-dome films. They were made by directors from 11 countries: Russia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Iran, Israel, Argentina, Australia, Lesotho, South Africa, Italy. Most of the works were presented by directors from Russia and Germany. There are Russian films in the competition program as well: the film about the flood in Tulun Ground Zero by Yulia Byvsheva.

In addition, the program includes several pictures created in co-production – joint production of several countries. These are feature film This is not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (Lesotho, South Africa, Italy, 2019, directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mozese) and Stalking Chernobyl – Exploration after Apocalypse (Ukraine, USA, Bulgaria, Slovakia, 2020, directed by Iara Lee). According to the selection committee, they are the pearls of the non-competition program. In total, ten films from Russia, Belarus, Guatemala, Ukraine, the USA, Bulgaria and Slovakia were selected for it.

The films participating in the competition program will be shown at the Big Hall of the Dom Kino Сinema of the Irkutsk Regional Film Fund, as well as at the Zvezdny cinema and at the Exposition Department «Museum of V. Rasputin» of the Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local History. The full-dome program is traditionally presented at the Irkutsk Planetarium. Residents of four settlements of the region will be able to see the films of the non-competion program. They will be screened at the Irkutsk Dom Kino Cinema, the Zvezdny Cinema, and at the Exposition Department «Museum of V. Rasputin» of the Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local History, in Sayansk – at the Yunost House of Culture, in Kachug village – at the Pobeda Cinema, in Oyok village – at the Siberia House of Culture.

The chairperson of the BIIF jury is Sergey Debizhev, documentary filmmaker, artist, music video maker, member of the Cinematography Expert Council of the Ministry of Culture. The jury consists of Nikolai Volkov – cameraman, acting head of the Camerawork Department of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television; Liina Harkonen – сhairperson of the Tampere Film Festival Board of Directors; Eduard Novikov — director, screenwriter, and cameraman; Galina Afanasyeva-Medvedeva – Doctor of Philology, ethnographer, member of the Union of Russian Writers.

The jury will determine the winners in the following categories: Romm Best Documentary Film, Chersky Best Popular Science Film, Gaidai Best Feature Film, Best Animated Film, Best Full-Dome Film. The film about the most pressing environmental problems will receive the Baikal Award for the acuteness of the problem raised. There are also the Youth Jury, Media Jury, and Audience awards to be given. The Grand Prix of the festival is 200 thousand rubles.

PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT, film festival, Irkutsk Regional Film Fund, Baikal, full program, Irkutsk09.09.2021, 25 просмотров.

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