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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To promote cultural exchanges and mutual understanding among nations and to develop further cooperation among filmmakers of the world. The Moscow International Film Festival is recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
The Festival program includes only films which have not been publicly screened on the territory of the Russian Federation (excluding retrospectives and the program of Russian films).
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Moscow International Film Festival is one of the oldest in the world. For the first time it was held in 1935 with Sergei Eisenstein as chairman of the Jury. Nevertheless the Festival history is usually traced back to 1959, when it became a regular event. It is noteworthy that the Festival was reborn in the 1960s during the so called “period of thaw”, when film industry experienced an influx of filmmakers of a new generation whose spiritual experience was shaped by the great victory over fascism. In 1959 the opening ceremony of the first “thaw” Festival was held in the grand Palace of Sports in Luzhniki, Moscow. Chronologically this event coincided with more than the renunciation of the totalitarian path by the leaders of the country, which had only recently been cut off from the West by the Iron Curtain. In the early 1960s Russian cinema alongside world cinema experienced a period of renewal; competition and out-of-competition programs of the MIFF featured the names of foreign filmmakers who re-invented the very notion of cinema in their works, who renounced classical forms, rejected acknowledged classical masters. And incidentally, sometimes they made use of the practices of “renunciation” tested by Soviet filmmakers of the 1920s. It goes without saying that not all the innovators whose works overwhelmed the Cannes and Venice in the 1960s found their way to the Moscow festival venues, but MIFF programs of the early 1960s carried the names of Federico Fellini, Valerio Zurlini, Kaneto Shindo. The Festival was attended by well-known stars of the time like Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch, Toshiro Mifune, Richard Burton, Anna Karina, Simone Signoret, Jean Marais, Yves Montand. Among the Festival guests were numerous film classics who used the new opportunity to learn about the country which had just lifted the veil off its cultural life. The Moscow Festival welcomed Anna Magnani, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pietro Germi, Lillian Gish, Dmitri Tyomkin, Fred Zinnemann, Michel Simon, Dino Risi, Carol Reed, Jacques Tati, Pierre Étaix. As might be expected cinematographies of socialist countries enjoyed wider representation at the Festival. Binka Zhelyazkova, Konrad Wolf, Mircea Dragan, Jiří Sequens, Zoltan Fabri, András Kovács, István Szabó, Andrzej Wajda, Manuel Octavio Gómez demonstrated their first filmic achievements. But not every movie from a socialist country found a place for itself on the Festival programs. One might even say that movies by our socialist brothers were subjected to a more severe ideological scrutiny as compared to French bourgeois comedies or Italian political detectives. Most certainly there was no room at the Festival for the “angry young men” from disturbed Czechoslovakia, gloomy depressed Hungary, restive Poland and Yugoslavia with its striking outbursts of non-socialist realist emotions. It is impossible to imagine festival screenings of the early films by Milos Forman and his comrades, of Věra Chytilová’s “Daisies”, of the provocative creations by Dušan Makavejev or of the anti-totalitarian frescos by Andrzej Wajda. Ideological hypocrisy which became a standard of life in the USSR in the 1970-1980s, had its effect on the festival program. For the greater part it featured the “correct” films from socialist countries and not the very best samples from the West which usually had a one-sided anti-bourgeois flavor. During the Brezhnev times the Festival could not function as an objective mirror of world cinema where one peak followed another. The French New Wave, the American Independents which gave a serious incentive to the development and shaping of New Hollywood – all these phenomena had no direct relation to the MIFF. Such films could be seen only at semi-official screenings which caused incredible commotion. And yet, even with this invalidated program, the Festival did not lose its appeal for cinema lovers who flocked from all over the country to attend screenings of films which filtered their way through censorship and reached film theatres (by the way, there were a lot of them, around 20 were scattered throughout the capital). Festival management at the time had a hard time upholding the international image and standing of the Festival. Its status was maintained primarily thanks to competition movies from the USSR, some of which were real masterpieces, like, let us say, “Come and See” (1985) directed by Elem Klimov, the future “perestroika” head of the Filmmakers’ Union of the USSR. Barely two years will have passed (the festival will become an annual event in 1999) and the situation will change drastically in 1987. The main trend to destroy all “walls” between the West and the socialist camp which to a considerable extent was provoked by the revolt of the disgruntled filmmakers at their memorable 5th Congress in May 1986, appealed to foreign filmmakers who were eager to see the country vigorously renovating itself at an incredibly fast pace and trying to shed the bonds of its former regime – socialism of the Soviet variety. To see the immensity of this appeal it is sufficient to list the names of the Jury members at the XVth MIFF: Robert De Niro, Miklos Jancso, Hanna Schygulla, Antonio Gades, Tenguiz Abuladze, who had just received world-wide acclaim for his anti-totalitarian parable “Repentance”. In 1989, just a year before the country called the USSR disappeared from the map of the world the interest in this country which had just broken free and yet was on the brink of an economic collapse grew even keener. The Jury was composed of Andrzej Wajda, rehabilitated by the new ideologists, Emir Kusturica who had already achieved the superstar status, the Czech Jiří Menzel, a former dissident and now almost an acknowledged classic, Zhang Yimou, the winner of the Berlin Festival, the Dutch master Jos Stelling who surprised the Russian audience with his “The Pointsman”. The Festival seethed with premiers, heated debates at the Filmmakers’ Professional Club PROK in the House of the Filmmakers lasted long past midnight. This lively atmosphere which lingered for many years sometimes adversely affected the programmatic discipline; the competition program was composed rather arbitrarily and true masterpieces went side by side with casual films. For the sake of justice it must be noted that sometimes the films that came to the attention of the Festival were made by directors who in a few years would become renowned masters like Aki Kaurismäki, Atom Egoyan, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Asghar Farhadi, Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky.
The slightly ambiguous standing of the event within the world festival movement due to it being a by-annual event, became a thing of the past in 1999 when Nikita Mikhalkov became the President of the Festival. The Festival now had a well-coordinated team and advocated greater discipline in programming and screenings. Over the years it has become a well-established cultural and social phenomenon. In 2014 accreditation was granted to more than 4000 guests more than half of them were media representatives. Another evidence of its growing role is the so called media value which has recently approached €4 mln. Only five years ago the Festival had difficulties attracting the viewers, but now we observe the opposite tendency. All the 11 halls of the “Oktyabr” multiplex can’t provide enough space for the Festival. Nikita Mikhalkov persuaded the Moscow government to provide construction sites in Luzhniki for the future festival palace. The festival repertoire underwent radical changes. It has become a renowned venue for world premieres. Among the recent festival guests whose films became important events were Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, John Malkovich, Shia LaBeouf, Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Tim Burton. In 1999 the honorary award for outstanding actors was established. Among the recipients of the Konstantin Stanislavsky Award “I Believe” were Jack Nicholson, Jeanne Moreau, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Fanny Ardant, Daniel Olbrychski, Gerard Depardieu, Oleg Yankovsky, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Jacqueline Bisset, Ksenia Rappoport, Catherine Deneuve, Helen Mirren. In 2014 the honorary award was given to famous Russian actress Inna Churikova.
The consolidation of the Festival status is directly related to the situation in the film business in the country. A premiere in Moscow is a serious incentive for the promotion of the movie. For example the staggering success of the Russian movie “Dukhless” resulted from the fact that it was the opening movie of the 34th MIFF. This is true of other prominent premiers of recent years like Sergei Loban’s “Chapiteau Show”, Andrei Proshkin’s “The Horde” and “Orlean” , Renata Litvinova’s “Rita’s Last Fairy Tale” and others. Leading foreign film companies are eager to hold world premieres in our country estimating the audience potential in Russia as one of the most promising in the world. The Film Market held as part of the MIFF has strengthened its presence and aroused enormous interest of the distributors. A noteworthy feature of the MIFF is its retrospectives which invariably arouse public interest. The audience reacquaint themselves with the movies which were once denied access to the USSR but are now shown on big screens and often these are restored versions. Among the most notable retrospectives of the past few years are those devoted to John Cassavetes, Marco Ferreri, Claude Chabrol, Sergio Leone, Werner Herzog, Costa-Gavras, Ernst Lubitsch, Yonfan, Bernardo Bertolucci, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ulrich Seidl, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Takeshi Kitano, to American classical musicals and many others. The viewers show a lot of interest in such festival programs as “8 ½ Films”, “Euphoria”, “Missing Pictures”, “Media Forum”, the documentary program “Free Thought” which has been regained its status as a competition program, “Short Film Corner” and others. The program of contemporary Russian cinema which includes premieres of the most striking movies by filmmakers from this country created over the previous season traditionally attracts a lot of viewers. The Festival publishes the daily newspaper “Manezh”, covers the main Festival events on its closed circuit TV, prints brochures about special programs.
Over the past 20 years the Festival Jury was headed by the leading world film personalities Richard Gere, Theo Angelopoulos, Margarethe von Trotta, Alan Parker, Gleb Panfilov, Fred Schepisi, Luc Besson, Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Babenco, Pavel Lungin, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
The program director of the MIFF is Kirill Razlogov, a culturologist, the selection committee is headed by a Russian film critic Andrei Plakhov.
For many years the President of the MIFF has been the Russian director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov.
For many years and now Moscow International Film Festival is presided by the Russian director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov.
Kirill Razlogov (Programming Director); Nikita Mikhalkov (President)
To promote cultural exchanges and mutual understanding among nations and to develop further cooperation among filmmakers of the world, the 41st Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held in Moscow in April 18-25, 2019. Moscow International Film Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as a non-specialized competitive film festival.
The 41st Moscow International Film Festival is held under support of the Russian Ministry of culture.
The program of the Festival includes:
Short films Competition,
Selection Committee of the Festival selects the films for the Festival program. Films submission to the 41st Moscow International Film Festival should be done via on-line system Withoutabox.com (www.withoutabox.com). The Regular Deadline for entries is February 10, 2019, the Extended Deadline is February 17, 2019.
Official notification of the Selection Committee decision on each submission will be sent no later than the date of the Official Press-Conference of the Festival.
The Festival program includes films, which have not been publicly screened on the territory of the Russian Federation (excluding Retrospectives and the Russian programs). General Management of the 41st MIFF determines the festival screening schedule. Each film can be shown not more than five times during the Festival, including press screenings.
Only full-length feature films produced after May 1, 2018 are accepted for the Competition programs (except Short Films Competition).
World and International premieres are the preference for the Competition programs.
Not less than 12 films will participate in the Main Competition of the 41st Moscow International Film Festival.
Acceptable formats for Main Competition is DCP.
Not less than 7 films will participate in the Documentary Competition of the 41st Moscow International Film Festival.
Acceptable format for Documentary Competition is DCP.
Short films produced after May 1, 2018 with the duration of not more than 35 minutes are accepted for the Short Films Competition.
Acceptable format for Short Films Competition is DCP.
Screening copies of the films selected for Competition programs should be in original language with English subtitles, if the original language is not English.
Prints of the films selected for Competition programs should be delivered to General management of MIFF not later than March 30, 2019.
Films which participate at the Out-of-Competition section (except Retrospective screenings) shouldn’t be previously screened in Russia.
Acceptable formats for the films participating in Retrospective programs are 35 mm or DCP. Preferable format for the films selected to the other out-of-competition programs is DCP with the original version of the film, in case the original version in not in English - with English subtitles. Screening copies should be delivered to General management of the 41st MIFF before March 30, 2019.
All conditions and suggested dates are obligatory; otherwise, the Management of the 41st MIFF has the right to exclude the film from the Festival program.
Duly filled in and signed Entry-form for each selected film, confirming the participation in the 41st MIFF should arrive before March 22, 2019.
Entry-form must be accompanied by the following documentation:
- The dialogue list in the original language and in one of the following languages: Russian, English;
- The list of subtitles in English and an Online screener / DVD with English subtitles;
- Synopsis, press and promotional materials;
- Excerpts from the film and trailers;
- Materials for the festival catalogue, including a detailed biography and filmography of the director, a director's photo as well as slides from the film;
Transportation and insurance of prints
General management of the 41st MIFF covers all transportation costs for the screening copies of films selected to the Competition programs (AIRPORT of sender-Moscow-AIRPORT of recipient).
General management of the 41st MIFF covers transportation costs for the screening copies of the films selected to the other Festival sections from Moscow to AIRPORT of recipient.
General management of the 41st MIFF covers all film storage and insurance expenses during the Festival.
General Management of the 41st MIFF determines all the terms of guests invitation and accreditation.
Each film participating in the Main Competition, Documentary Competition and Short Films Competition should be personally presented by 1 representative (director).
General management of the 41st MIFF covers the following expenses:
- round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation up to 4-days for 1 representative of the Main Competition films (director);
- round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation up to 4-day for 1 representative of the Documentary Competition films (director);
- hotel accommodation up to 3-days for 1 representative of the films in Short Films Competition (director).
Hospitality terms for other official guests of the Festival will be indicated in their personal invitations.
Applications for accreditation should be sent before April 5, 2019.
The International Jury of the Main Competition, the International Jury of the Documentary Competition and the International Jury of the Short Films Competition will be set up to judge the films in the Competition programs.
General management of the 41st MIFF will cover round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation for each member of the International Jury of the Main Competition and an accompanying person.
General management of the 41st MIFF will cover round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation for each member of the International Jury of the Documentary Competition.
General management of the 41st MIFF will cover round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation for each member of the International Jury of the Short Films Competition.
Persons connected with the production or commercial distribution of a film in competition are not allowed to serve for the corresponding Jury.
Participation of a producer in each Jury is obligatory.
The International Jury of the Main Competition 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 International Jury of the Documentary Competition will award:
- Prize for the Best Film of the Documentary Competition
The International Jury of the Short Films Competition will award:
- Prize for the Best Film of Short Films Competition.
The Organizing Committee and General Management of the 41st MIFF award the following prizes:
- 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).
It is expected that the winners will personally attend the Award Ceremonies.
Participation in MIFF presumes observation of all articles of the present Regulations. In case of any disputes which may arise out of the present Regulations, only the Russian-language variant of the present Regulations is considered authentic. General Management of the 41st MIFF has the power to settle all cases and issues not covered by these Regulations according to the clauses of the International Regulations of FIAPF for Film Festivals.
Shipping and Mailing Address:
General management of 41st Moscow International Film Festival:
11 Maly Kozikhinsky lane,
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Participation in the MIFF shall presume observation of all articles of the present Regulations. In case of any disputes which may arise out of the present Regulations, only the Russian-language variant of the present Regulations is considered authentic. The General Management of the 41st MIFF has the power to settle all cases and issues not covered by these Regulations according to the clauses of the International Regulations of FIAPF for Film Festivals.