The first Moscow Film Festival was held in 1935 by request of the Head of the USSR Joseph Stalin as an alternative to the Venice Film Festival. Then it was cancelled for quite a long period of time. The festival’s second birth was in 1959, since then it was held every two years, in 1999 becoming and annual event. Three cinemas host the festival – Illuzion, Oktyabr, and Rolan; opening and closing ceremonies are held in Pushkinsky Cinema by tradition. The program of the Festival includes: Main Competition, Competition "Perspectives", Program of Russian films, Non-competition screening, Retrospective screening, Media-Forum. The Festival program includes only films, which haven’t been publicly screened on the territory of the Russian Federation (excluding Retrospectives and Program of Russian films). Each film may be shown not more than five times during the Festival including the press screenings.
Awards & Prizes include:
The Grand Jury awards the following prizes - statuettes of St George:
Main Prize for the Best Film (goes to the producer)
Special Jury prize (awarded in accordance with the Jury's decision)
Prize for the Best Director
Prize for the Best Actor
Prize for the Best Actress
The Jury of the "Perspectives" Competition awards:
Prize for the Best Film (goes to the director)
The Organizing Committee and Festival General Management of MIFF awards:
Special Prize for an outstanding contribution to the world cinema
Special prize "I Believe. K.Stanislavsky" for outstanding achievement in the career of acting, and devotion to the principles of K.Stanislavsky's school.
The following prizes are also given at the Festival:
Prize of the International film critics jury (FIPRESCI Jury) for the best film in the Main Competition (goes to the director)
Prizes of the Russian film critics jury for the best film in the Main Competition and in the "Perspectives" Competition (go to directors)
The Audience Choice Award for the best film in the Main Competition following the audience poll results (goes to the director)
Prize of the Russian Film Clubs Federation for the best film in the Main Competition (goes to the director).
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