The 15th International Festival of Cinema Debuts "Spirit of Fire", where according to tradition, the best picture of young filmmakers from Russia and 10 countries of the world will be presented, will start on the 3rd of March in Khanty-Mansiysk.
"Spirit of Fire" will be a platform for filmmakers from the BRICS countries for the second year in a row. This year, program is the joint promotion of films from these countries continues in the form of presentation of the "Chinese Cinema Week" and association "Sud'ba" (Fate) within the framework of the Festival. A member of the international jury will be Chinese actress and director Zhang Xinyi, known for the films "An Inaccurate Memoir" (Pi fu), "Uncle victory", "Miss Puff", and the guest of honor at the "Spirit of Fire" will be Shi Yantyun, master of Shaolin kung fu in the 34 generation, the sixth dang of combat Wushu.
Within the frameworks of the Festival, film directors and actors from Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa will hold a round table on cultural cooperation between the Member States of the BRICS.
"Spirit of Fire" that has become a cinematic platform that defines a vector of humanitarian cooperation between our countries," the governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra Natalia Komarova said, "At the previous "Spirit of Fire" we have already taken the first steps towards each other, during the year films of the BRICS countries were demonstrated in Ugra, and, in turn, in China, in Guangdong Province, they organized a show of films by young Russian filmmakers. "
It is expected that during the Festival, a public demonstration of 100 films covering not less than 25 thousand viewers will take place, and films of the "Spirit of Fire" will be available for people with disabilities, volunteers - residents of Ugra will assist them.
"I am no longer asked a question of what is " Spirit of Fire "in Khanty-Mansiysk. Everybody knows that. We will try to make the good fame of the Festival follow it everywhere", the president of the festival Sergei Soloviev, whose film " Ke- Dy "will be the opening film of the 15th" Spirit of Fire ", said. He also noted that some technical innovations will be applied at the anniversary Festival. Installation of new digital equipment using the latest laser technology was finished at the Art Center for gifted children of the North in Khanty-Mansiysk, which will be one of the platforms of the Festival. This is the first cinema equipped with such a technology not only in Ugra, but also in Siberia.
The competition program, both Russian and international, has already been formed, but everyone still has an opportunity to participate in the "Spirit of Fire", if he or she submits a work no longer than 3 minutes to the competition of microfilm . Among the received applications, there is a large part of those devoted to the relationship between man and nature, which is especially important in the Year of Ecology. As for the full-length films, the best debut films will be chosen by the professional jury, which this year is headed by Russian film critic Boris Nelepo.
It is planned that the program of the "Spirit of Fire" will include creative meetings with famous actors and directors, retrospectives of popular films of the past, performances by Russian musicians. In particular, the participants and guests of the Festival will have an opportunity to visit a performance by one of the most famous pianists of our time, Yuri Rozum. Winner of the "Spirit of Fire" will be awarded a prize of 600 thousand rubles, and the main prize of the Festival "Golden Taiga".