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43rd Moscow International Film Festival

One of the main events in the Russian film industry and one of the oldest film festivals in the world.

43rd Moscow International Film Festival

April is the perfect month for everybody willing to get acquainted with the masterpieces of the well-known film directors or the beginners who want to win your hearts with their films from all over the world. The 43rd Moscow International Film Festival is going to be held from the April 22d to the April 29th in Moscow in several well-known and old cinemas of the city.

The main event site is the Karo 11 Oktyabr cinema on the Novy Arbat street where films from the main competition programs are shown. It is a majestic and spacious place for all cinema lovers that was founded in 1967 and has a big history. By the way, today Karo 11 Oktyabr cinema is the largest cinema complex in Russia and has 11 cinema halls where films are shown regularly and during the Moscow Film Festival films from the competition program can be watched.

The Moscow Film Festival is held in Karo 11 Oktyabr cinema regularly in April. However, in 2020 due to the coronavirus the festival was arranged in October observing all safety measures in accordance with the imposed restrictions by mayor of the city. The surprising fact is that the MIFF is the second oldest film festival in the world after the Venice Film Festival and one of the most representative film festivals in the world along with film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary, which all belong to the A-class film festivals.

The Moscow Film Festival was first arranged in 1935. Then the jury chairman was Sergei Eisenstein, world-famous Soviet theater and film director. That year the legendary film «Chapaev» opened the first festival. However, lately the festival was not held regularly, and its impact on the world cinema was very small. During the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war period from 1941 to 1959 years The Moscow Film Festival was not held. And only since 1959 the MIFF has officially resumed and turned into a regular event and it was held every two years, alternating with the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

In 1972 the film festival got the A-class accreditation by the FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers Associations. That meant that this cultural event refers to other prestigious international film festivals with a non-specialized competitive program. It is considered that festivals with A-class accreditation are held only in the countries where a long-term cinematic tradition exists. There can be no more than one A-class festival in any given country. The significant feature of such festival is a non-specialized competition of at least 12 full-length films, which usually become premieres and do not take part in other international film festivals, from different countries, with an international jury and official support from the state level. The Moscow Film Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation.

Since 1999, the MIFF has been held every year. The President of the Film Festival is the film director Nikita Mikhalkov. The festival program includes: Main Competition, Documentary Film Competition, Short Film Competition, Out-of-competition display, Retrospective show, Russian Cinema Program. There is a plenty of films showcased during the festival, so that everyone willing to get into the spirit of the film festival can do it taking into the account his preferences.

As for me, The Moscow Film Festival has become for me more than just a cultural event and the place where the most interesting motion pictures are brought. I was lucky to participate in person in this event and be a part of the team working there in April 2019, when the 41st Moscow International Film Festival was held in Moscow. Each year the festival organizers search for volunteers who are willing to become the part of the biggest event in the cultural life of Moscow. The information service, film screening service, press center, international department, translation service, accreditation service and ticket service are waiting for people who want to assist to arrange this big event and dive into the film industry. I worked as a volunteer in the information service. My responsibilities were to communicate with guests and spectators of the festival at the information desks and to answer the phones in the call-center of the festival. The best part of this volunteer work is getting new acquaintances, communicating with like-minded people and, of course, the possibility to learn more about the cinema.

Text by

Liubov Zaytseva