Three competition programmes, two rounds, 47 movie schools and 39 countries… The VGIK International Student Film Festival has got under way in Moscow. Russia is represented by five films that made it through the first round. These are Paradise directed by Boris Akopov (Andrei Eshpai’s studio), Extras and Close-Ups by Alexander Zubovlenko (Boris Karadzhev and Yefim Reznikov’s studio), A Trip to the Stars by Ksenia Shatilova (Oleg Dobrynin’s studio), Tiger Hunt by Alina Natakhina (Valentin Olshvang’s studio) and Live by Maxim Lukyants (Sergei Miroshnichenko’s studio).
Contesting the VGIK awards alongside the Russian nominees are films representing movie schools in China, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Estonia, the United States, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Turkey, Belarus, India, France, Ecuador and other countries. Short films, action films, animation films and multimedia works will compete in their respective categories.
The jury, headed by Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi, has 60 films to assess. Prizes will be awarded in the best film programme, best action film, best documentary, best animation film and best multimedia project categories. Plus there is the Audience Choice prize. The winner will be determined by audience voting at 182 venues in 62 cities across Russia, including 11 venues in Moscow. Xavier Dolan’s film It’s Only the End of the World, which took the Grand Prix at Cannes this year, was shown at the opening ceremony. The non-competition programme offers the Script Fair, workshops, meetings with celebrities, conferences and roundtables.
The festival’s international round will last until 18 November. The Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) will host the majority of the events, and the rest will be hosted by cinemas, cultural centres and museums. Online registration for all events is available.