The Message to Man International Festival of documentary, short, animated, and experimental films will take place in St. Petersburg from October 20 to October 28.
The Programme Directorate’s selection committee of the 33rd Message to Man International Film Festival continues to select films until August 20, 2023.
At the forefront of the festival’s extensive programme are three competitions: International, National and the In Silico experimental film competition. The main programme is complemented by thematic out-of-competition screenings, retrospectives, discussions, and workshops with industry professionals on important and relevant topics. The development of the vast and varied programme presented annually by the Message to Man is in progress. It is already known that the screenings of the festival will be held at the Dom Kino cinema centre, the Lendok film studio, Avrora, Rodina, Velikan cinemas, the Radio House and other key cinema venues in the city.
The festival in St. Petersburg will kick off with a press conference involving jury members, as well as the President of the festival Alexei Uchitel. The opening and closing ceremonies featuring film stars and popular artists will be broadcast online.
The festival’s jury will evaluate films in the following categories:
- Golden Centaur Grand Prix with a prize of RUB 240,000 for Best Film: awarded by the international competition jury;
- Three special Centaur prizes with a prize of RUB 80,000 each: awarded by the international competition jury;
- Special Centaur prize with a prize of RUB 50,000 for Best Documentary Film of the National Competition: awarded by the national competition jury;
- Jury’s special Centaur prize with a prize of RUB 30,000 (with explanatory wording for a film in the national competition): awarded by the national competition jury;
- Centaur Prize of the Jury in the In Silico experimental film competition with a prize of RUB 80,000 for Best Experimental Film.
Filmmakers can submit applications for the competitive selection through the form on the festival’s website, as well as via the FilmFreeway and Festhome online platforms. A fee must be paid when applying for participation in the In Silico experimental film competition, while applying for the National Competition is free. Competition rules are available on the festival’s website at message2man.com.
Administration of the 33rd Message to Man International Film Festival