The first film festival “Mayak” will be held from October 5 to 9, 2023 in Gelendzhik. The show is organized by the Kinoprime Foundation, funded by businessman Roman Abramovich. About this newspaper “Vedomosti” declared executive director of Kinoprime and festival producer Anton Malyshev.
He noted that Mayak will be held in the form of a professional forum with a program of film screenings. Ksenia Boletskaya, director of industry interaction at Yandex, will oversee trade events.
Mayak’s program director and Khudozhestvenny cinema curator, film critic Stas Tyrkin, told Russian media that Russian films, as well as films from the KinoPrime Foundation, will be selected for screening. According to him, more people need to familiarize themselves with Russian cinema, so that films “come out and enjoy well-deserved interest”.
He added that this year, the first event will become a “pilot” event, so far only feature films will be screened there. “The short film is a laboratory for young authors. Anyway, I think a short film competition is in order.
But now we only have a few days and little time. It’s a huge separate job, because there are a lot of shorts.
Typically during the pilot exit, when there will only be a full yard,” Tyrkin clarified.
Kinoprime has already sponsored popular films such as Text based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky*, Kirill Serebrennikov’s films The Petrovs in the Flu and Tchaikovsky’s Wife, as well as many other films which have participated in the Kinotavr Film Festival and major projections to the world.
“No one can replace Kinotavr. This is one of the oldest shows in Russian cinema. But it is obvious that the industry needs an honest review of current Russian films.
For people who continue to shoot contemporary films in Russia, it is vital to have a platform to present their work and evaluate it as honestly as possible.
And we dare to take responsibility for its implementation,” Malyshev stressed. He noted that Mayak will be held in the form of a professional forum with a program of film screenings. Ksenia Boletskaya, director of industry interaction at Yandex, will oversee trade events.
Kinotavr used to be one of Russia’s biggest festivals, but in March 2022 the show’s president, Alexander Rodnyansky*, announced its closure. The competition has been held in Sochi since 1990. Its founders were producer Mark Rudinshtein and actor Oleg Yankovsky. Since 2011, films in any language could enter the competition, before that only Russian works were accepted.
*registered by the Ministry of Justice of Russia in the register of foreign agents
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