From May 20–26, 2019 in Anadyr, capital of Chukotka, the 3rd Golden Raven International Arctic Film Festival will be held.
As the chairman of the jury judging full-length documentary films, the director, screenwriter, and producer Alexey Vakhrushev has been appointed. The chairman of the live-action competition will be Russian Film Market program director Ekaterina Bordacheva.
Alexey Vakhrushev is a member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers, the Guild of Film Directors, and the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science, a fellow of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, founder of the High Latitudes film company, and winner of awards at Russian and international film festivals.
The Golden Raven festival is especially close to Vakhrushev's heart, as he was born and raised in Chuktoka, right in Anadyr. Since his very first works his output has focused on his native land and those dwelling within it. Such films of his as The Time when Dreams Melt, Bird of Naukan, The Island, The Book of the Tundra: The Tale of Vukvukay, the Little Stone, and The Book of the Sea
tell of the history and culture of the peoples inhabiting the Chukotka Peninsula.
Ekaterina Bordacheva graduated from the Department of Economics of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Since 2013 she has been program director for the Russian Film Market, a member of the Cinema Foundation of Russia's council of experts, curator of the international film program for children and youth "Your cinema" IFCD "Spirit of fire", Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra, and member of the European Children's Film Association. The festival's leadership announces that the deadline for application has been extended to March 31.
Applications to participate in the festival can be found on its website www.goldenravenfilmfest.ru
The Selection Committee's final decisions will be published on the festival's website by April 10, 2019.
To participate in the feature-length competition, the festival invites all live-action and documentary films made in 2016–2018 in the countries of the circumpolar region (Russia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the American state of Alaska, and Greenland) and dedicated to figures whose lives are closely bound with the north, to the traditional way of life of the indigenous peoples of the region, and to its nature.
To participate in the shorts competition, the festival invites live-action films on various themes made in 2017–2018 and having a prominent viewership and genre component.
The festival's program will include several competitions: Feature-length live-action film competition
, for films made after January 1, 2017; Feature-length documentary film competition
, for films made after January 1, 2017; Fiction and documentary short film competition
, for films made after January 1, 2018; FilmRise competition
for short documentaries and live-action films making their débuts, created no earlier than January 1, 2018, within the territory of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.
The festival will award the following prizes: Big Golden Raven – Festival Grand Prize
for the best film in the feature-length live-action and documentary categories, on the basis of the viewers' preferential voting; Golden Raven – Festival Prize
for the best film in the feature-length live-action film category as chosen by the jury of experts; Golden Raven – Festival Prize
for the best film in the feature-length documentary film category as chosen by the jury of experts; Special Jury Award
for the best film in the joint category for short live-action films and documentaries; Special Jury Award
for the best film in the "FilmRise!" category as chosen by the jury of experts.
The Golden Raven Festival is one of the major festivals held in Russia's far north. A distinguishing feature of this festival is that the main winners of the competition are decided by the viewers. Besides the viewers, films are also awarded with special prizes by the festival jury, which consists of professional filmmakers.
The Golden Raven's main prizes are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. They are custom-made each time by a master of walrus-tusk carving and depict a soaring demiurge raven.
The festival's organizers are the Russian Union of Cinematographers, the Youth Initiatives Production Center, the Committee for Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug autonomous institution for film distribution and cinema entertainment Okrkinovideoprokat.
The festival is financially supported by the State Program on the Development of the Education, Culture, Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policy of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug for 2016–2020. Contact information for the festival's organizers:
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