From 1995 to 2008 there were 8 editions of the festival held. They welcomed 439 participants and guests from different countries and cities of Russia. 494 films from 37 countries of Europe, Asia, Americas and 16 cities of Russia, looked about 41 300 viewers.
Robert Flaherty (16.02.1884 — 23.07.1951) is an American director who takes a special place in documentary filmmaking of the XX century. He didn't create his own school, but he started a new turn in the world of documentaries films. In his most famous film, Nanook of the North (1922), Flaherty used ethnographic stuff as the basis to create a profound and ultimate masterwork.
«Wednesdays at the Station»
Russia, 2008, DVCAM, colour, 48 min
Director Olga Maurina
Script Olga Maurina
Camera Olga Maurina
Each Wednesday Lisa goes to Paveletskiy Railway Station where homeless people are waiting for her. Bandaging, feeding, handout of medicines and simple care. It usually seams that all tramps are the same. But if we look at them through Doctor Lisa’s eyes we’ll see how different they are.
Olga Maurina graduated from Theatre history Department of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in 1992. In 2008 she graduated from the Cinema and TV School of the State University - Higher School of Economics (workshop of M. Razbezhkina). She works as journalist and photographer.
Filmography: «Wednesdays at the station» (2008, director’s debut).
Production «Leks Film»
Tel: +7 (495) 739-33-17
Producer Aleksandr Zhukov
«Three of Us»
India, 2008, 35mm, colour, 15 min
Director Umesh Kulkarni
Script Umesh Kulkarni
Camera Shariqua Badar Khan
An unsentimental observation of an ordinary day in the life of a family that is far from ordinary. The mother cooks, the father delivers newspapers, and the son reads the newspaper with the aid of a magnifying glass he holds with his feet.
Awads: Grand Jury Prize, Grimstad, Norway; Grand Jury Prize, Magma Film Fest, Italy; Best Documentary, Rio de Janeiro; Best Documentary, Curta Vila de Conde.
Umesh Kulkarni was born in Pune, India in 1976. He graduated in commerce and law. He specialized in direction from film and television institute of India. He studied in La FEMIS, summer university course.
Filmography: «Divine Sight» (2003); «The Grinding Machine» (2005); «The Wild Bull», «Three of Us» (2008).
Production Film and television institute of India
Producer Tripurari Sharan
«Glories (Nobody’s Land)»
Spain, 2008, MiniDV, colour, 25 min
Director Jaime Quindo
Script Isabel Gimenes, Jaime Quindo
Camera Guillem Ventura
Music Sebastian Pacheco
In every contemporary metropolis there are vague places which evoke a kind of latent absence, places condemned to oblivion. Such is the case of Plaça de les Glòries, a transitory place for hundreds of citizens, as well as the coexistence environment for a small neighbourhood. It is one of those bizarre urban spaces where we can see a duality due to its transformation in a valuable area, motionless while it waits for the imminent arrival of modernity.
Jaime Quinto was born in Alicante. In Valencia he got a degree in Media Studies, focusing on Image and Sound. After working as an editor for several media, he co-directed his first short documentary in 2007, which was selected by various film festivals in Spain. That same year he moved to Barcelona where he got a Master degree in Creative Documentary in UAB.
Filmography: «En la Sombra» (2007); «Glories (Nobody’s Land)» (2008); «Manifesto» (2009).
Production Master documental creativo UAB
Tel: 34 93 581 2005
Producer Carmen Viverros
«Why? Are You Lacking Faith?!»
Russia, 2008, miniDV, colour, 55 min
Director Matvey Troshinkin
Script Matvey Troshinkin
Camera Matvey Troshinkin
The son of the village priest is obsessed with the idea of taking a look at the world from his father's belfry. But he can't cope with fear of the height on his own. His mother helps him. For whom will this ascent become a feat? And what is feat of life, «cross» or «blessing»?
Awards: II prize for the best documentary of XVI Open festival of student and debut films «St. Anna», Moscow, 2009; prize for «Love and Hope» at the festival «KinoteatrDoc», Moscow, 2009; «Silver Centaur» film festival «Message to Man», St. Petersburg, 2009.
Matvey Troshinkin graduated from Higher Theatre School named after M. Schepkin (2003) and Independent Film and TV School (2008, workshop of M. Razbezhkina).
Filmography: «Idyll», «Under M Sign», «Exit», «Why? Are You Lacking Faith?!» (2008).
Production Workshop of Marina Razbezhkina
Tel: 8 903 231 00 76
Producer Matvey Troshinkin
Director Denis Davidov
Script Denis Davidov
Camera Denis Davidov
A portrait of a lonely HIV-infected homosexual. A story about his family: a son was born by lesbian mother, and about their relationships, about friends who died of AIDS and sexual revolution in which he participated in the 80th in Denmark.
Denis Davidov is a graduate of mathematical modeling department of Perm State Technical University. He took part in summer seminars PhotoDepartment in St. Pertersburg and International Film Scool in Liptovsky Mikulas (Slovakia). He followed intensive course of International Film School in Prague. Starting from 2007 he lives and works in Czech Republic. Filmography: "Trial", 2008; "Dreams", 2009.
«As If Waiting for a Bus»
Russia, 2009, Beta SP, DVCAM, colour, 20 min
Director Ivan Tverdovskiy
Script Ivan Tverdovskiy
Camera Ivan Tverdovskiy
Everyone has his own dream. Everyone wants it to come true. Everyone meet lots of obstacles on the way to his dream. And what if everyone is just waiting for a bus?
Ivan Tverdovskiy was born in 1988 in Moscow. He graduated from the lyceum «Lomonosov School» and the Sergei Andriyaka watercolour school. In 2006 he entered VGIK, the experimental directing workshop of Alexei Uchitel. He is professional photographer. His films were awarded several national and international prizes.
Filmography: «Sacred Ditch» (2007); «In Active Search» (2008); «As If Waiting for a Bus» (2009).
Production VGIK named after S. A. Gerasimov
Tel: +7 903 127 51 65
Producer Aleksey Uchutel, Ivan Tverdovskiy
«Listening to the Silences»
United Kingdom, 2009, 16 мм, colour, 11 min
Director Pedro Flores
Script Pedro Flores
Camera John Craine
Roy Vincent has heard voices for the last 30 years. In those moments, he feels an intrusion talking to him and taking control over his mind and body. How does it feel to live with someone else inside your head?
Pedro Flores graduated in screenwriting and worked for several years in the film industry, being script supervisor to renowned Portuguese directors and having written the Cannes MIPTV awarded television series Sophia's Diary. He is currently the editor of the Portuguese Screenwriter's magazine and studies filmmaking at the London Film School.
Filmography: «Kisses and Stones» (2007); «The Last Day of the Rest of My Life» (2008); «The Mirror», «Listening to the Silences» (2009).
Production London Film School
Producer James Barrett