Moscow International Film Festival

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The Rossiya Cinema Theatre has always hosted the Moscow International Film Festival.
Pushkinskaya Square, Pushkin Monument and Rossiya Cinema Theatre in 1984

The Moscow International Film Festival (Russian: Моско́вский междунаро́дный кинофестива́ль, translit. Moskóvskiy myezhdunaródniy kinofyestivál; abbreviated as MIFF) is the film festival first held in Moscow in 1935 and became regular since 1959.[1] From its inception to 1959, it was held every second year in July, alternating with the Karlovy Vary festival.[citation needed] The festival has been held annually since 1999. In reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films, translated as the International Federation of Film Producers Associations) paused the accreditation of the festival until further notice.[2]

The festival's top prize is the statue of Saint George slaying the dragon, as represented on the Coat of Arms of Moscow. Nikita Mikhalkov has been the festival's president since 2000. Over the years, the Stanislavsky Award—"I Believe. Konstantin Stanislavsky" for acting achievements was awarded to Jack Nicholson, Jeanne Moreau, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Fanny Ardant, Daniel Olbrychski, Gérard Depardieu, Oleg Yankovsky, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, and Helen Mirren. In 2012, this prize was awarded to French actress Catherine Deneuve.[3][4][5] In 2012 the jury was headed by the Brazilian director Hector Babenco. Among the members of the Jury were prominent filmmakers from different countries: the famous French director and actor Jean-Marc Barr; the Bulgarian director Javor Gardev; Adriana Chiesa di Palma, a producer from Italy; Sergei Loban from Russia. The "Perspectives" Jury was chaired by the filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina (Russia). The program director of the Festival is Kirill Razlogov.[6][7]

History[edit]

In 1997 it was announced that the festival would be held once a year instead of bi-annually. Due to financial problems, the festival was not held in 1998. From 1999 to 2019, Nikita Mikhalkov became the president of the Festival. In 2015, the festival started to be held annually. Since 2006, the documentary program "Free Thought" has appeared in the framework of the Festival. In 2011, it was announced that the competition of documentary films in the MIFF was resumed.[8][9]

In reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) paused the accreditation of the Moscow International Film Festival and the Message to Man International Film Festival (held in St Petersburg) until further notice.[10]

Winners[edit]

Grand Prix (1959–1967)[edit]

Golden Prize (1969–1987)[edit]

Serafino (Italy-France, dir. Pietro Germi)
We'll Live Till Monday (USSR, dir. Stanislav Rostotsky)
Live Today, Die Tomorrow! (Japan, dir. Kaneto Shindō)
The White Bird Marked with Black (USSR, dir. Yuri Ilyenko)
Affection (Bulgaria, dir. Ludmil Staikov)
Dersu Uzala (USSR-Japan, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
We All Loved Each Other So Much (Italy, dir. Ettore Scola)
El puente (Spain, dir. Juan Antonio Bardem)
Mimino (USSR, dir. Georgi Daneliya)
Siete días de enero (Spain-France, dir. Juan Antonio Bardem)
Camera Buff (Poland, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
The Abandoned Field: Free Fire Zone (Vietnam, dir. Nguyen Hong Sen)
Teheran 43 (USSR-France-Switzerland, dir. Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov)
Alsino and the Condor (Nicaragua-Cuba-Mexico-Costa Rica, dir. Miguel Littín)
Vassa (USSR, dir. Gleb Panfilov)
A Soldier's Story (USA, dir. Norman Jewison)
The Descent of the Nine (Greece, dir. Christos Shopakhas)

Golden St. George (1989–2003)[edit]

Golden George (since 2004)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History :: 34th Moscow International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-12., News
  2. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 19, 2022). "Moscow Film Festival Has Accreditation Paused By Int'l Federation Of Film Producers".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-06-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) The Moscow News (19/06/2008) Cinema - Prizes and Praises
  4. ^ "Helen Mirren Receives Stanislavsky Prize at Moscow Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-06. Russkiy Mir Foundation (JUL 4, 2011) HELEN MIRREN RECEIVES STANISLAVSKY PRIZE AT MOSCOW FILM FESTIVAL
  5. ^ "Moscow International Film Festival announces line-up : The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video". Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-06. The Voice of Russia (31 May 2013) Moscow International Film Festival announces line-up
  6. ^ "History :: Moscow International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-06. Moscow International Film Festival (undated) History
  7. ^ "Moscow International Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-06-06. Moscow International Film Festival (31 May 2012) NAMES OF 34th MIFF JURY MEMBERS ARE REVEALED
  8. ^ Корнацкий, Николай (Mar 11, 2015). "Московский кинофестиваль станет короче". Известия.
  9. ^ "History :: Moscow International Film Festival". Moscow Film Festival.
  10. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 19, 2022). "Moscow Film Festival Has Accreditation Paused By Int'l Federation Of Film Producers".
  11. ^ "1959". Moscow International Film Festival. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.

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