The Grand Prix winner of the 7th Arctic International Film Festival "Golden Raven" was the documentary film " The Holy Archipelago" by renowned Russian director Sergei Debizhev. It was the choice of the audience, who determined the main winner of the festival. The professional jury chose the Chinese film "Sweet Potato Flavored Ice Cream" by director Wang Chong. The results were announced at the closing ceremony, which was held on May 7 at the "Polar" cinema in Anadyr.
"Without you, dear viewers, this festival would not exist. You are the foundation and our motivation for development. Our love with you lasts seven years. That's a long time, and I hope that the festival has been pleasing you all this time and has never disappointed you. The film festival goes on all year round, we have many events and the next one will take place in summer when we will hold a film-laboratory with the schoolchildren in a workshop format because our festival is not only about development and strengthening of international and interregional cultural relations but it is also aimed to develop Chukchi cinematography for which we care a lot" - said the artistic director of the Golden Raven festival Philip Abryutin.
According to the tradition, the Grand Prix winner - the statuette "Big Golden Raven" - is announced by one of the spectators of the closing ceremony. He was called to the stage by Philip Abryutin together with the Acting Head of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Evgeny Tikhomirov, who thanked the guests, the audience and the organizing committee of the show.
"I want to wish you further development, and for our part we will try to support you so that the film festival will continue to live and please the audience," - said Evgeny Tikhomirov.
"The Holy Archipelago" is a large-scale narrative about the life of the Solovetsky monastery. What is the spiritual life of man? What is a religious tradition and what reflection does it find in the modern world? How does belief in God influence people's lives? The Solovetsky Islands are a key point in the spiritual geography of Russia. These places are marked by spiritual, historical and cultural events that left a deep trace in our history and national memory. Located on the far outskirts of Russia, the archipelago, as fate would have it, has become one of the most powerful symbols of the Russian spirit.
"Many of our group would have dreamed of being in Chukotka, but I drew the lucky ticket. Of course, we shoot pictures and work for our beloved audience, and it is very nice that our love for the audience is mutual. Thank you for such high appreciation and for the fact that our film resonated in your hearts and souls", - Alexey Nemov, the chief cameraman of " The Holy Archipelago ", said receiving the Grand Prix.
Composer of this film Vyacheslav Butusov was awarded a special diploma by the jury of the full-length competition "For the music that awakens feelings". A special diploma "For the creation of an outstanding children's ensemble of actors" went to the Iranian director Mehdi Hoseinivand for the film "Asteroid". Another diploma for "Best Actress and Impeccable Debut" was awarded by the jury to the nonprofessional actress Liya Sanaa, who played in the film "The Path" by Mikhail Kulunakov. The director of this picture was awarded with the prize for the best director. A special jury prize with the statement "For professionalism and dedication to film" went to the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Natalia Gugueva "Fog."
"I think there is very little real in the world now, it has been replaced by a surrogate, a virtual reality, but in Chukotka - tough, sometimes harsh, dangerous - there is such a drive of the real. This week inspired me for the future," Natalia Gugueva admitted receiving the award.
Aleksey Golovkov was awarded the best cameraman for full-length films, and the jury recognized "Water Boy" by Tadjik director Fayzullo Fayzov as the best script work. Chinese director Wang Chong with "Sweet Potato Flavored Ice Cream" received the award for the best film according to the jury.
"I am very excited and thank the organizers of the festival very much for showing my film here and being able to come to Chukotka myself. This is a magical place and the same magical effect this film festival has on cinema in general," said Wang Chong.
Iranian cinematographer Behrouz Shoaibi, producer Kanat Torebay, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Strategic Development of the State Center of National Film Support of Kazakhstan, festival producer from China Li Yuan, film critic Egor Moskvitin, Chief Editor of Lenfilm Studio, lecturer Andrey Apostolov judged the feature film competition. Alexei Romanov, a famous film director from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and artistic director of the State National Film Company "Sakhafilm," chaired the jury.
"I had long dreamed of going to Chukotka and finally ended up here. Believe me, I felt at home here, because I live in the same snowy spaces and the same cold. These wonderful days gave me amazing communication, including with my colleagues from the Jury, for which I thank them very much", said Alexey Romanov.
The best short fiction and non-fiction films were chosen by the Chinese producer Guo Xuyian, actress Ksenia Surkova, director and radio host Ivan Semikletov under the guidance of director and producer Ekaterina Golovnya, film director and director of the Central House of Cinematographers of Russia.
"The most difficult thing is to make a short film, because you have to put everything into it - love, compassion, and a dash of humor must be added. Documentary films are even more difficult. For a feature film we write a script, work out the drama, but a documentary is often shot with the method of observation, and then long on editing choose the most important thing that can be said about the man. And we have tried to appreciate all the works presented in the contest", - said Ekaterina Golovnya.
The Tajik film "Alif. Do.Re.Mi" by Alijan Jalilov was awarded the best non-fiction short film. Russian film "Bebiya, Babuya, Anzorik, me and mom" by Raul Geydarov was the winner in the block of feature short films. The jury prize "For Successful Debut in Directing" was awarded to the Russian film "Neighbor" by Denis Buzin. Also the jury was awarded with special diplomas: "For purity of genre" - "The Beast" by Andrei Okorokov (Serbia), "For the new film voice of Chukotka" - "We are from Keperveem" by Vyacheslav Velvoun (Russia), "For revealing the depth of soul and strength of character of the Iranian woman" - "Zari" by Arman Golipour Dashtaki (Iran), "For the unity of nature and man" - "Sokoliki" by Yulia Makarova (Russia), "For the preservation of traditions and promotion of popular science film" - "Flashes of Light" by Yulia Kiseleva (Russia), which also won the Grand Prix of the Short Film Competition.
The organizing committee of the festival awarded a special diploma "For the opening of little-known pages of the great history" to the documentary film "The Unfreezing Harbor of Hope" by Daria Khrenova.
A special prize "Golden Raven" with the statement "For invaluable contribution to a happy childhood" was given to Konstantin Bronzit, one of the main Russian animation filmmakers.
"This decision was unanimous. We present it with great pleasure to the man who gave happiness and joyful emotions to children and adults all over the world - Konstantin Bronzit", - said the chief producer of the festival Oksana Lakhno.
Apart from the big educational program, this year's "Golden Raven" also featured a big animation film section for the first time, whose winners were chosen by the young audience. According to voting results, the cartoon "Speaking of birds" by Anna Vartanyan won. In addition, for the first time in this block, a special prize was awarded by the Festival's partner, the social investment program "Hometowns", implemented by "Gazprom neft". The winner of this award was the cartoon "Tale. The Song of Sirin" by Matvey Lashko.
The main awards of the festival were created by a carving artist from mammoth tusk and moose horn and their composition depicts the Chukchi legend of the creation of the world.
The Arctic International Film Festival "Golden Raven" is held by the Production Center "Youth Initiatives", the Center for Development and Support of Cultural Projects "Golden Raven" supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Government of Chukotka, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Chukotka, Autonomous Autonomous Okrkinovideoprokat, Union of Russian Filmmakers, as well as the social investment program "Hometowns" of "Gazprom neft" and NO "MOST Fund".
VII Arctic International Film Festival "Golden Raven"
(April 24 - May 07, 2023)
FEATURE FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
Grand Prix of the Festival, "BIG GOLDEN RAVEN" statuette for the best film of the competition of feature and non-feature films based on the audience rating vote
- The non-fiction film "The Holy Archipelago" directed by Sergei Debizhev (Russia).
The Jury Prize, the statuette "GOLDEN RAVEN" for the best film of the competition of feature-length feature and non-feature films
- Full-length feature film "Sweet Potato Flavored Ice Cream", directed by Chong Wang (China).
The Jury Prize and "Golden Raven" statuette for the best director's work in the feature and non-feature film competition
- The full-length feature film "The Path" directed by Mikhail Kulunakov (Russia).
The jury prize, a statuette "GOLDEN RAVEN" for the best script of the competition of feature-length feature and non-feature films
- The full-length feature film "Water Boy" director Fayzullo Fayzov, scriptwriters Nosir Rakhmon, Fayzullo Fayzov, idea writer Bakhtiar Khudoynazarov (Tajikistan).
The jury prize, the statuette "GOLDEN RAVEN" for the best cinematography work of the competition of feature-length feature and non-feature films
- Full-length non-fiction film "SEVEN DAYS OF AUTUMN" directed by Alexey Golovkov, cinematographer Alexey Golovkov (Russia).
Special Jury prize for the feature film competition, "GOLDEN RAVEN" medallion
- Full-length feature film "FOG" directed by Natalya Gugueva (Russia) with the statement "For professionalism and dedication to cinema".
Special diplomas of the jury of the competition of feature-length fiction and non-fiction films VII AIF "Golden Raven":
- Vyacheslav Butusov composer of the feature-length documentary film "THE HOLY ARCHIPELAGO", directed by Sergei Debizhev (Russia) with the statement "For music that awakens feelings."
- Liya Sanaa, the leading actress of the full-length feature film "THE PATH", directed by Mikhail Kulunakov (Russia) with the statement "For the Best Female Role and Impeccable Debut";
- the full-length feature film "ASTEROID" directed by Mehdi Hoseinivand (Iran) with the statement "For the creation of the outstanding children's ensemble of actors".
Special diploma of the organizing committee of the VII Arctic International Film Festival "Golden Raven"
- The full-length non-fiction film "THE UNFREEZING HARBOR OF HOPE" directed by Darya Khrenova (Russia) with the statement "For the discovery of little-known pages of the great history".
SHORT FILM COMPETITION PRIZES
Audience Choice Award, "GOLDEN RAVEN" Medallion for the Best Short Film at the Competition
- short non-fiction film "FLASHES OF LIGHT", directed by Yulia Kiseleva (Russia).
Jury Prize, "GOLDEN RAVEN" medallion for the best film of the competition of short non-fiction films
- Short non-fiction film "ALIF. DO. RE. MI", directed by Alijan Jalilov (Tajikistan).
Jury Prize, "Golden RAVEN" medallion for the best film of the short feature film competition
- Short film "BEBIA, BABA, ANZORIK, ME AND MOM" directed by Raul Geidarov (Russia).
Special Jury Prize, "GOLDEN RAVEN" medallion for the best film of the competition of the short feature films with the statement "For Successful Debut in Direction".
- Short feature film "THE NEIGHBOUR" directed by Denis Buzin (Russia).
The Audience Award, the "GOLDEN RAVEN" medallion for the best film of the competition of the short animated films
- Alla Vartanyan (Russia), director of the animation film "SPEAKING OF BIRDS".
Special Jury Diplomas for the short fiction and non-fiction films of the VII AIF "Golden Raven" competition:
- director Andrey Okorokov
short fiction film "Beast", directed by Andrey Okorokov (Serbia) with the statement "For the purity of the genre";
- director Arman Golipur Dashtaki
short non-fiction film "ZARI", directed by Arman Golipour Dashtaki (Iran) with the statement "For revealing the depth of soul and strength of character of the Iranian woman";
- director Yulia Makarova
short non-fiction film "SOKOLIKI", directed by Yulia Makarova (Russia) with the statement "For the unity of nature and man";
- director Yulia Kiseleva
Short non-fiction film "FLASHES OF LIGHT", directed by Yulia Kiseleva (Russia) with the statement "For the preservation of the traditions and promotion of the popular science films";
- director Vyacheslav Velvun
short non-fiction film "WE ARE FROM KEPERVEEM", directed by Vyacheslav Velvun (Russia) with the statement "For the new cinema voice of Chukotka".
Special prize "GOLDEN RAVEN" medallion from GAZPROM NEFT's partner "Hometowns".
- animated film "THE TALE. THE SIRIN SONG", directed by Matvey Lashko (Russia).
The special prize "Golden Raven" with the wording "For invaluable contribution to a happy childhood" was given to one of the main Russian directors of animated cinema Konstantin Bronzit.
The film festival is part of the "Culture" national project.
Photo: Vadim Matveichev, Roman Malykhin, Zemfira Azamatova