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«Spirit of Fire» in Khanty-Mansiysk

President of International Debut Film Festival «Spirit of Fire» S.A. Solovyov about the up-coming festival:

XI International Debut Film Festival «Spirit of Fire» will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Khanty-Masiysk Automous Region -Yugra) from February, 22 till February, 28, 2013.

Approaching the verge of the Olympic Games in Russia, this festival will be devoted to physical culture and sports, and the festival motto will be traditionally Olympic: “O sport, tu es la Paix!” / O Sport, You Are Peace!”

It seems right to make the festival focused on sports in Khanty-Mansiysk, on the land of Yugra, which has recently brought up a whole pleiad of outstanding athletes and in the city which hosts such world-class sport events as Biathlon World Cup and World Chess Championship . The city has also unique spots infrastructure facilities, which we will use during the Festival.

We are going to demonstrate classic sport films such as “Sport! Sport! Sport”, dir. E. Klimov and a well-known «Goalkeeper» by S.Timoshenko.
Not only famous filmmakers are invited to be special Festival guests, but also famous sportsmen, who will get awards for the “Outstanding achievements in world sport” from filmmakers.

Our traditional program “The Club of Children’s and Youth Films “Your cinema” will include screenings of children sports’ animation.
Also, to increase the individual judgment level of the films from Russian program, we decided to introduce three prizes of the professional jury «Taiga Flowers of Hope» (Golden, Silver and Bronze). These prizes will be awarded this year by the directors’ triumvirate — three leading Russian directors.

In order to broaden the audience and attract more people from Khanty-Mansiysk to participate in the festival, “Spirit of Fire» announces a competition of microfilms (lasting 2-3 minutes) about «Yugra Sports», shot on a mobile phone. All citizens of Yugra are welcome to take part in this competition. The authors of ten best films will be chosen by the president’s council and will be invited to participate in the festival, attend workshops by leading filmmakers and shoot “Festival Diaries” under the guidance of a well-known director.

Festival design was created basing on the paintings of the famous Soviet and Russian artist Peter Deineka, which were also used for the décor of the first Moscow metro stations. Deineka’s works dedicated to sports are masterpieces of the Russian easel art collection, recognized as picturesque treasures of the nation nowadays.

We’ll try to find enough of good paintings to make an exhibition, focused on sports, and already started looking for photographic works made on the this topic.
In the «Photographic Art and Cinema» section we expect to exhibit the works by the outstanding French actor Vincent Perez «Stars of World Cinema in front of Vincent Perez’s camera» .We’ll try to make Mr. Perez’s stay the most enjoyable and fruitful.

In addition, the XI International Debut Film Festival «Spirit of Fire» will include a new program called «Critics’ Choice»: five famous Russian critics will introduce the most striking in their opinion Russian debuts of the past to the audience.

Also inviting guests this year, we plan to arrange not only film workshops, but also master-classes dedicated to other kinds of art and sports.
We expect Peter Mamonov to present his mono-performance and dialogue with the audience.

This year we would like to work with the film schools students again. In the transforming hall of the Cinema-Theatrical Center “Yugra-Classic” we will screen the retrospective of the theatrical performances by a highly gifted director Fedor Pavlov-Andrievich.

We will also continue all the major social programs of the festival and will held a so called «Family Day», as well as prepare the program «Films for Everyone” dedicated to the creative works of disabled people.

Traditionally competition program of debut films will take place during the festival and will be judged by the main international jury. There will be also a “Best Russian Debuts 2012” program. Actors’ jury will award the prizes for best male and female roles in debut films, there will remain a new award for the “Best work with the music” in a debut film and the best debuts will get Golden, Silver and Bronze Taiga awards.


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