17-27 September
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    Grand Prix and 300 000 roubles
  • «Agafya»
    (Russia, 2021, by Pavel Selin);
    Romm Prize for Best Documentary
  • «Haulout»
    (Russia, Great Britain, 2022, Maxim Arbugaev, Evgenia Arbugaeva);
    Gaidai Prize for Best Feature Film
  • «Coo Coo»
    (Russia, 2021, Svetlana Belorusova);
    Chersky Prize forBest Popular-Science Film
  • «The Quest for Silence»
    (France, 2022, by Julien Hero)
    Baikal Prize for the acuteness of the problem
  • «Doggy love»
    (Iran, 2021, Mahmoud Ghaffari);
    Jury Prize for going into the inner outer space
  • «Freedom squared»
    (Russia, 2022, by Anastasia Zverkova, scientific popular)
    Audience Award
  • «Life Goes On»
    (Russia, 2022, Pavel Skorobogatov);
    Jury Prize for humanity and excellence
  • «The Price of Seeing a Show»
    (Iran, 2021, Mehdi Ghazanfari);
    Jury Prize for the spiritual path of the hero and the professional path of the director
  • «Dhaulagiri is my Everest»
    (Slovakia, 2021, by Pavol Barabas);
    The Irkutsk Rasputin Regional Museum Prize
  • «Past Tense Doesn`t Exist»
    (Russia, 2021, Yulia Byvsheva)
    The East Siberian Railway Prize
  • «Past Tense Doesn`t Exist»
    (Russia, 2021, Yulia Byvsheva)

– The competition program included 25 competition, 12 out-of-competition and several full-dome films that were shown at the planetarium, - said Elena Utrobina, program and executive director of the People and Environment Film Festival, Deputy Director of the Irkutsk Regional Film Fund.

— That is, 37 works were viewed in three days. The winners are awarded in six main categories, and there are also three special prizes from the jury.

Egor Moskvitin, member of the People and Environment Film Festival jury, film critic, film reviewer, teacher, winner of the M. Levitin Award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics, said that there are a lot of impressions from the festival:

— I attend lots of festivals and it's clear to me that the Baikal Film Festival is made by people from the city and for the people of the city. It is a great happiness to see that many viewers attend the film festival from year to year and they are very sensitive to the program, they express their opinions. The audience includes people of different ages - they are my peers, students, families, people of the older generation. And each of them finds something different. The film festival has become a kind of brotherhood, a union for them. I liked the way the program was assembled when serious films are interspersed with more accessible ones. Films from Iran, France, other countries and, what is important, from Siberia are all of great interest. Thanks to the team for professional moderation.

— It is a great happiness for me to come here to the film festival, I have dreamed of visiting Irkutsk since childhood, — said Zoran Mrjenovic (Serbia), a member of the jury of the People and Environment Film Festival, actor, director, artist, president of the Royal Order of Knights. – Now I am preparing a big project in Moscow where I received an offer to come to your film festival. Three busy days of watching movies are over. All these films are filled with love for nature and humans. I feel a deep, subtle connection between filmmakers from different countries.

– The section of full-dome films was small. It was held on the basis of the Irkutsk Planetarium. Full-dome films are quite a new direction in motion pictures, but it allows you to shifr from the virtual space to the planetarium. Not many directors work in this format yet. But now we are seeing an increase in interest in these sites. This is a combination of art and science so there are a lot of experimental works, said Alexander Mikulich, chairperson of the International Jury of the full–dome cinema section, director, teacher, head of the Minsk Planetarium (Belarus).

He noted the high level of organization, goodwill of the team, Siberian hospitality. He spoke about the interaction of the planetariums of Belarus and Siberia.

— Our festival has already included a full-dome cinema section for the sixth time. There are only six cities in Russia where Kinokupol festivals are held, Elena Utrobina noted. – It was at the Kinokupol that we peeked at the idea of audience voting. We are very grateful to our viewers for the fact that the festival audience is growing every year. We appeal to people of all ages.

Traditionally, the Russian Geographical Society was the first to present its prize at the closing ceremony of the film festival. This year, Leonid Korytny, the chairperson of the Irkutsk Branch of the Russian Geographical Society presented a diploma to to Ice. Planet’s Memory directed by Natalia Kuznetsova.

Special prizes from the Irkutsk Museum of Local Lore and The East Siberian Railway were received by Yulia Byvsheva (Past Tense Doesn't Exist).

The Media Jury Prize was awarded to two films at once. They are the documentaries Haulout by Maxim and Evgenia Arbugaev and Detached by Vladimir Krivov.

The Youth Jury Prize was awarded by Polina Shtykina to Mahmoud Gaffari's film Doggy Love.

The prize from the Union of Cinematographers was given to Birder by Dmitry Zavilgelsky. Olga Belskaya, the Chairperson of the Irkutsk branch of the Union of Cinematographers presented a diploma to hero of the film Vadim Gavrilov.

The audience award went to Irkutsk filmmaker Pavel Skorobogatov and his work Life Goes On.

The prize for humanity and excellence was awarded by Egor Moskvitin to The Price of Seeing a Show by Mehdi Gazanfari. Hadi Gazanfari, the brother of director Mehdi Gazanfari, who received the prize, dedicated the award to all Iranian women.

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Another special award was presented by Zoran Mrjenovic.

— You're doing a very cool thing. And you're not doing it for show. This can be seen by the audience – Egor addressed the organizers of the festival.

— This is a film about a real mighty deed – said he about Dhaulagiri is My Everest by Pavel Barabas (Slovakia).

Anastasia Zverkova received the special prize For Going into the Inner Outer Space for her popular science film Freedom Squared.

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The Donatello Prize for Best Full-Dome Film went to Anastasia Dyro's Little Tilapia Fish. It was awarded by Alexander Mikulich, the chairperson of the full-dome cinema jury, director, teacher, head of the Minsk Planetarium. Another award from the full-dome section went to The Eternal Wanderer on Star Trek by Nadezhda Gil. Both films are from Belarus.

Egor Moskvitin took to the stage for the third time to award Gaidai Prize for Best Feature Film. The winner is Coo-Coo, a post-horror directed by Svetlana Belorusova.

The "second Grand Prix" of the festival – the Baikal Prize for the acuteness of the problem was awarded by Olga Belskaya to Doggy Love by Mahmoud Gaffari.

The Quest for Silence won the Chersky Prize for Best Popular Science Film. Haulout directed by Maxim and Evgenia Arbugaevs was recognized as the best documentary.

And, finally, the winner of the Grand Prix of the Baikal International Film Festival (300 thousand) is Agafya (a documentary by Pavel Selin). On September 29, the film will be presented at the Karo 11 October in Moscow, Novy Arbat.

— This is a film about spirituality, history, love, and serving the Lord. What a picture - it is a masterpiece, added Zoran Mrjenovic, a member of the jury, director, producer, actor (Serbia) announcing the winner. This is a film about Russia, - said another jury member, famous film critic Egor Moskvitin.

Congratulations to the winners!

The Shortlist of the People and Environment Film Festival has been Announced

Out of 123 applications of the 21st Baikal International Film Festival named after V. Rasputin competition program 25 works have been selected: 15 documentaries, 7 popular science and 3 feature films. The majority of them come from Russia. They are 18 works, including those created by Irkutsk filmmakers Anastasia Zverkova, Yulia Byvsheva and Pavel Skorobogatov. Also, there are works from Iran, Slovakia, Argentina, the UK and the USA. The list of participants of the non-competition program and the full-dome cinema section will be announced later.

The selection committee:

1) Candidate of Art History, Associate Professor of the Department of Journlism and Media Economics of the Baikal State University of Economics and Law, member of the Union of Journalists of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation Olga Krasnoyarova;

2) Film director, member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers Maria Kelchevskaya;

3) Program director Elena Utrobina;

4) Head of the Film Production Development Department of the Irkutsk Regional Film Fund, member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation Polina Stepanova;

5) Film director of the Irkutsk Regional Film Fund, member of the Union of Cinematographers, Andrey Yudin;

6) Journalist, lecturer in Journalism and Advertising at Irkutsk National Research Technical University Nadezhda Zaitseva;

7) Ph.D. of Culturology, philologist, associate professor of film, television and multimedia directing at Irkutsk branch of Russian State University of Cinematography Tatiana Shemetova;

8) Film director Maria Aristova;


Nadezhda Zaitseva comments on documentaries and popular science films

This year non-fiction section includes impressive works. The selection committee unanimously agreed on selecting Iranian documentary The Price of Seeing the Show where the question of violent treatment of dolphins is raised. Popular Scientific category is presented by the film The Master of the Mountain about biologists who have found a way to reduce the decomposition of plastic from a hundred years to a few weeks. In addition, the list of participants includes The Chip Inside Me, a new study by director Yulia Kiseleva, which is a sequel to Robot, Do I Love You?


Popular science films

Elena Utrobina, member of the selection committee

The feature film program is small this year, but it consists of three excellent short films, on the one hand, completely different, on the other hand, united by the theme of our festival and the skill of performance. Interestingly, all the films are not from Moscow, and two of them are direct representatives of regional cinema, which is very joyful and significant for us.

Feature Films

The non-competition program of the 21st Baikal International Film Festival includes 12 non-fiction films.

“The films of the non-competition program have always been equal in their quality to the participants of the competition program, and sometimes even surpassed them. These films are always interesting, the audience loves them” says Nadezhda Zaitseva, member of the selection committee, journalist, member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers.

The film about the most pressing environmental issues will receive the Baikal Prize for the acuteness of the problem. In addition, there are special Youth Jury and Media Awards. The Grand Prix of the festival will be 300 thousand rubles.

2022 non-competition program participants list:

1) Ice. Planet’s Memory (Russia, 2021, director Natalia Kuznetsova);

2) The Future Is Ours? (Russia, 2022, director Julia Byba);

3) Antarctica. Vostok Station: anticipating the future (Russia, 2022, director Alexander Melnik);

4) Incipience (Russia, 2021, director Yaroslav Bulavin);

5) Depth Hunters (Russia, 2021, director Vasilisa Yurenkova);

6) Crafted (Russia, 2022, director Evgeny Grigoriev);

7) The Time Lord (Russia, 2022, director Evgeny Bezborodov);

8) Women and Roads. The Way to Yourself. Baikal (Russia, 2021, director Christina Kretova);

9) Elbrus Waiting for You (Russia, 2021, director Vyacheslav Ross);

10) Lakes of Russia (Russia, 2021, director Andrey Titov);

11) From Trash to Treasure (USA|Lesotho, 2020, director Iara Lee);

12) Tonya. In Search of the Legend (Russia, 2020, director Olga Kornienko).

Dear directors! 

We are accepting submissions for the Rasputin Baikal International Film Festival People and Environment that takes place from 22 to 26 September. The festival was conceived as a film platform that gives people the opportunity to contemplate on the complex relationship between humans and nature.

The Festival includes screenings of documentary, popular science, fiction, animation and full-dome films; non-competition thematic programs including films participating in the competition or specially selected by the organizers; professional discussions in the form of round tables, conferences, forums, press discussions, master classes of famous filmmakers and scientists.

We wish you fruitful creative work and hope to see you at our Festival! 

The Festival jury committee will evaluate the films in the following nominations


 The Festival jury committee reserves a right to award a film from any nomination with a special diploma. 

Prizes of state, public, educational and other organizations or personal prizes are also awarded at the Festival. The winners in the main categories receive prizes (statuettes) and diplomas. Souvenirs and handouts are given to all participants.


The festival traditionally covers the accommodation and meal expenses for the crew representatives participating in the competition program. The travel costs are partially or completely offset within the means available.

The submissions are accepted until April 15, 2022. We ask that you carefully read the Festival Regulations. We ask you to send the completed application form in electronic form, photos of the authors and stills from the film by e-mail:

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Information on all questions related to participation in the Film Festival “People and Environment” can be given by phone:          

+7 (3952) 56-70-60, ext. 1506, 1504.       
Our Address: Mukhina street, 2а, Irkutsk, Russia, 664056, Irkutsk Region Cinema Foundation. 

We wish you productive and creative work and hope to see you at our Festival!

Directorate of the 21 Baikal International Festival of Documentary and Popular-Science Films “People and Environment” n.a. V.G. Rasputin

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