‘Arctic Cinema’ Film Festival
Northern (Arctic) Federal University will unite professionals from TV industry, video buffs and creative youth of the Euro-Arctic region on 12-13 September 2012 to demonstrate the intellectual prowess, beauty and charm of the Barents region.
The film festival is confined to the conference ‘The History of the Arctic Exploration – from Past to Present’ which is organized by NArFU, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Sevhydromet with the participation of Arkhangelsk centre of Russian Geographical Society.
The main aim of the festival is to create a forum for discussing the issues of the Arctic exploration and circumpolar territories. Another important task is to show the audience the strategic importance of the subarctic region. Looking back at the last year experience and the success the festival was, the organizers made up their minds to expand the festival this year and bring it to the international level. Thus among the experts there will be prominent journalists, polar explorers, scientists, directors: one of the most experienced and remarkable of Norwegian directors Knut Erik Jensen; Norwegian director, head of the House of Arts in Troms, actor and play writer Erik Smith Meyer, captain of the ‘Pyotr Perviy’ yacht Daniil Gavrilov. Apart from that the organizers of the most well-known festivals will attend ‘Arctic Cinema’, among them head of Scandinavian Youth Film Festival Hermann Gruel, founder of the ‘Northern Character’ film festival Svetlana Soldatova, head of International Nomadic Northern Film Festival Marina Yuzhaninova.
According to the latter, ‘the ‘Arctic Cinema’ festival will be a stepping stone for forming a collection of films dedicated to the history of the North.’
Discussion forums will allow the audience to exchange views on the films with experts and the authors of motion pictures. Veterans of film-making and play writing will organize workshops for young attendees. The programme of the festival boasts a spectacular amount of cultural events satisfying all tastes: jazz evenings, national costume catwalk shows, mobile photo and picture exhibitions displaying the Nordic character, nature and life of the North.
Anyone interested in the Northern culture can become a spectator and a participant of the Festival. Additionally, the cinema-goers can become a ‘selection board’ of a kind by picking out via a questionnaire the most impressive and exciting films.
More than 30 authors have already applied for the participation in the festival and the call for applications is still open. TV companies, independent producers, film directors, legal and physical bodies who hold the rights for the proposed films, are invited to take part in the festival.