The child and youth program "Your Cinema" has traditionally reopened the International Debut Film Festival "Spirit of Fire".
The theatrical opening of the program "Your Cinema" was held at Center of Arts for Gifted Children of the North today.
The youngest viewers were presented films that will surely surprise everyone and open up new facets of world cinema. The participants of Tatiana Akhmadyrshina's theatre workshop Kira Efimova and Danil Gorobchuk became masters of the opening ceremony. The children's theatre of modern choreography "Academy of Dance" also performed for young spectators.
It is to be recalled that the international film program for children and youth "Your Cinema" is held annually within the Festival "Spirit of Fire". This year it will be seen by the audience of six cities of Ugra: Khanty-Mansiysk, Nizhnevartovsk, Langepas, Pyt-Yakh, Megion and Izluchinsk. The guests of the program are offered premiere screenings, creative meetings, film lectures and workshops in the techniques of clay animation and Stop Motion.
The curator of the program, as well as last year, is Ekaterina Bordacheva, the Program Director of the Russian Film Market, a member of the European Children's Film Association ECFA and a member of the Expert Council of the Federal Fund for Economic and Social Support of the Russian Cinematography.
"I am happy to be back on this stage. This year we will see a lot of changes. As before, the main audience is you. As before, everything is being done for you, we are doing everything to show you the newest and the most interesting films here, at the "Spirit of Fire", Ekaterina Bordacheva said. - I am always nervous here, on this stage, more than anywhere else, because it is a very important step: during the year to watch movies and choose the best, to acquaint with the culture of different countries, with what worries your age-mates. This year's program "Your Cinema" has become competitive. The competition included 9 films from different countries".
In addition, the competition program has included full-length films from South Africa, Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Italy, as well as collections of the best animated and short films from Greece and Germany. Works in Russia will be presented for the first time.
The jury of the children's program will be headed by the Director of the International Festival "Ale kino" and jury member of Berlinale Generation – Pole Jerzy Moszkowicz. He is considered to be the master of children's and youth cinema which is confirmed by many of his personal awards. Jerzy Moszkowicz's attention to the festival "Spirit of Fire" and agreement to head the jury confirm once again the high status and level of the Ugra film forum.
"I came to Khanty-Mansiysk today. It was a good idea to make a competition. It is very important for film festivals. I think it's not as in sport: it does not matter who will be the first or second. This will make the Festival better, said Jerzy Moszkowicz. - Children should be able to watch films. It is even better when children watch them with their parents, with teachers, so that they can talk about what is valuable for kids in this film."
Note that the child and youth program "Your Cinema" takes place in the framework of the II International Cinema Forum "V_Meste" (To_gether).
The results of the child and youth program "Your Cinema" will be summed up on March 4 at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire".