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Pacific Meridian (Russian: Меридианы Тихого; abbreviated as IFFV) - International Film Festival of the Asian-Pacific region, which has been held every September since 2003 in Vladivostok, Russia. Every year it brings together filmmakers from about 108 countries; with more than 1200 films submitted each year.
International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" is a competition of length and short films, a panorama of world cinema, a program of Russian films, shorts, documentaries and animated films, retrospectives of masters of world cinema, workshops, master classes, etc. One of the main distinguishing features of the Film Festival is a specialization of the IFF "Pacific Meridian" on the films of Asian-Pacific region.
International Film Festival of countries of Asian-Pacific region "Pacific Meridian" in Vladivostok was organized in 2003 by the initiative of the Governor of Primorsky Region, S.M. Darkin. The film festival is held annually in September by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation and Primorsky Region Territory Administration.
In addition to film programs film festival creates an annual cultural program. Traditionally, the cultural program of IFF includes:
- Concerts with the participation of musicians - festival guests
- Exhibitions, including devoted to the history of film festival
- Creative meetings of famous actors and directors with the audience
- Open-air cinema
- Boat trips on the waters of the Amursky Gulf
- Dance floor Step by Step
- Festival Football match
Features of the festival
- Each year the Yul Brynner Award is presented by Rock Brynner to the most promising young actor or actress. Yul Brynner was born in Vladivostok.
- Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" is a unique cultural project where the "exit" film screenings and artistic encounters of famous Russian actors and directors with the inhabitants of Primorsky Krai pass.
- Since 2006, the festival runs the program, "Screentest", which is addressed to first-time filmmakers.
- The sixth International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" was a presentation of an unprecedented international project "Cinema train". Cinema train - is an international master class for young filmmakers, which took place during the train "Moscow-Vladivostok." Within two weeks, 18 participants from different European countries traveled throughout Russia, with stops in various cities across the country. During the trip they took six short documentary films on the theme "Where is the border of Europe." Films were edited in Vladivostok and shown in a program of the IFF. After the world premiere of the film in Vladivostok it has been selected for display at the Cannes Film Festival program.
- For the first time in Vladivostok within the bounds of the sixth Pacific Meridian Film Festival from 14 to 17 September, an International Filmsammit "Eurasia" was held. The business program included round tables, seminars, business trainings and discussions on current topics in the field of cinema. It was a special event of the filmsammit "Eurasia", organized jointly with the "Vjugn Consult" company - Russian Co-production & Film Financing Forum, aimed at developing cooperation between Russian, European and Asian investors and financiers, producers, distributors, representatives of public funds financing the film industry. Within the bounds of the Forum there were a round-table discussion "Russia as a co-production hub Europe - Asia: new prospects for funding film projects", a master class, "Co-Production as a Business Strategy" of Korean director, president of AFCNet, founder of the Pusan International Film Festival, the founder of the Film Market in Busan, director of film school in Seoul - Park Kwang Su.
- In partnership with the Administration of Primorsky Krai and International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" was held presentation "Far East: a new pole of filmmaking mobilization".
- Together with "Informkino" company from 14 to 17 of September 2008 was held special program «Generation campus», which main objective in 2008 was to promote contribution of co-production debut project. The result of the «Generation Campus» was 3 short films shot by young filmmakers - actors of "Generation Campus", with Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Irina Bezrukova, Oksana Akinshina.
Competition screening includes:
- Features and shorts (up to 30 min)
- Russian Cinema
- Special and Info screenings
- Retrospective screening of the World Cinema Masters
- Seminars and workshops
To judge competition films there will be an International Jury formed of 5 persons. The Festival covers a round-trip ticket and other expenses for staying in Vladivostok for each International Jury member; the International Jury cannot include anyone involved in production or distribution of any film in the competition; at least one member of the International Jury has to be a film producer.
According to regulations
- Eligible are any films presented by film companies, film studios, independent producers, distributors or any other copyright owners of the films
- DVDs are to be shipped to the Festival Office for preliminary selection at the expense of the sender to the following address:
- In the competitive program are accepted feature and short films on 35 мм, Betacam Digital, Betacam SP, HDCam, DCP with English subtitles, and finished by production no more than a year ago; it can include films that were screened before at other film festivals
- The competition program attended at least 12 films.
- All the professional media formats besides 16 mm are eligible for non-competition programs.
The selection of films
The selection of films in order to participate in the IFF provides the selection committee. The final decision on the inclusion of film in one of the programs of the Festival takes the Directorate the IFF. Festival Management agrees to inform the participants of the festival about inclusion of the film in program of the Festival. Copies of the films in their original format, taken in the competitive and non-competitive programs must be received by the Directorate prior to the date indicated on the official festival website. Program shows films at the Festival Directorate determines, each film can be shown only during the Festival not more than five times.