Natalia Komarova
Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region — Yugra

Dear festival participants, guests and residents of Yugra! Big cinema again will come to KhantyMansiysk in Yugra! The International Debut Film Festival “Spirit of Fire” will start for the 16th time! Residents of Yugra welcome masters of Russian and world cinema, young talented filmmakers, who are paving their way into the boundless world of cinema art. For the audience the festival period is time for reflections. For filmmakers it is a chance to meet and exchange opinions with their colleagues, to get new energy, find new ideas and inspiration. For us, the residents of the autonomous district, the film festival “Spirit of Fire” is one of the most anticipated events in the cultural life of the region. We greet festival guests, many of whom have already become friends of Yugra. I am sure that everyone will be pleased with our hospitality. Dear friends, I strongly believe that “Spirit of Fire” will become an authoritative platform for creative intercourse, for development of young professionals.Let it be remembered for its rich program, interesting debuts and meet expectations of the most demanding lovers of cinema!

Maria Zvereva
Vice-President of the Festival

Dear friends! My address to you is far from formality. Participants of our first festivals have grown from newcomers to experienced filmmakers. Young cine-goers from Yugra, who began to “study cinema art” at special lessons conducted by “Spirit of Fire”, now visit shows rated 18+. We hope that this year we will keep the most important for us. In this catalogue you will find all necessary information about main competitions and programs. Some of them, competition of shorts, for example, we have enlarged because you appreciated it. Our forum has already come of age and thus demands further development. “Spirit of Fire” is in its 16 years. So it’s time to move from school programs to academic ones. That’s why this year we organize the Academy of “Spirit of Fire” together with Arzamas Academy. Now addressing the festival guests and participants instead of the usual “go to the halls, watch movies!” we can say in a new way. Watch good movies, listen to brilliant lecturers! A week of remarkable possibilities is waiting for you!