Here you could find the information about our festival team. We also thank all people who works on festival and all our volunteers.
President Alexei Uchitel
Honorary President Mikhail Litvyakov
Аrt director Andrei Plakhov
Andrei Plakhov graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of Lviv University and the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography. He holds a Candidate Degree in Art History and wrote his dissertation on “History and Myth in the Work of Luchino Visconti.” He is a columinst for Kommersant. He has served on and headed selection committees for the Moscow International Film Festival and other Russian festivals, and has served as a member of the jury for festivals in San Sebastian, Tokyo, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, and Venice. He was Secretary of the Board for the Union of Cinematographers and Chairman of the Conflict Commission, which removed more than 250 films from the “shelf” (1986-1990).
He is a former president of FIPRESCI (2006-2010), and is currently the Honorary President of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics). He is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and a laureate of the Nika Award and several other awards from the Film Critics’ Guild. He is the author of numerous articles and books.
Director of competition Programmes Alexei Medvedev
Alexei Medvedev was born in 1969 in Moscow. From 1989 to 1994 he studied film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (in the workshop of Arkady Sirenko). In the 90-s he pursued his career as journalist, film critic, translator. From 2000 to 2006 he was member of the selection committee of the Moscow International Film Festival. He worked as a di- rector of programming for many film festivals including 2morrow (Moscow, 2007-2009), Zerkalo (Ivanovo, 2011), 2-in-1 IFF of Contemporary Cinema, (Moscow, 2009-2012). From 2012 to 2015, he was one of the organizers of the Sakhalin IFF “On the Edge”. He’s now curator of Yakutsk IFF.
Chief Manager of the Festival Alexandra Pechnikova
Executive Director Maria Antonova
Chief Accountant Ksenia Babushkina
Head of International Department Kira Saksaganskaya
Mikhail Zheleznikov was born in Leningrad in 1972. He has made a few films. Since 2011 has been a member of the selection committee and curator of the international experimental short film competition In Silico at Message To Man International Film Festival. In 2012 co-organised Kinodot experimental film festival. Still likes movies.
Alena Koroleva graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television, where she studied in the non- fiction workshop of M. Litvyakov and I. Kalinina. Author of several short documentaries. Co-founder and co-curator of experi- mental film festival Kinodot. Worked as an editor, video engineer and film director. Since 2012, she has been working as a member of selection committee and programme curator of Message to Man IFF.
Evgeniia Marchenko was born in 1989 in Leningrad. She graduated in 2013 from the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, where she studied in the workshop of A. Kiselyov. She has directed and shot a number of documentary films, and has participated and won prizes at various Russian and foreign film festivals. Since 2013, she has been a member of the selec- tion committee of the Message to Man International Film Festival, where in 2016 she will curate the national documentary film competition. Since 2017 she has served as the programme director of the Rudnik Film Festival in Sviyazhsk.
Press Attache Dmitry Gubin
Head of Press Service & PR Elena Slatina
PR Managers Maria Borchukova
SMM-менеджер Praskovia Shishkoedova
Partner Liaison Julia Korostyliova
Marketing Manager Olga Chermenina
Special Programme Department Chief Anastasia Lobanova
Competition Programme Coordinator Anastasia Senchenko
Special Programme Coordinator Katerina Parkhomenko
Translation Service Marina Denisieva
Chief Coordinator of Opening and Closing Ceremony Natalya Еroshenko