The Message to Man International Festival of documentary, short, animated, and experimental films is extending the application window for the competition until July 30, 2023. Due to the extension of the application submission deadline, the festival dates are changing.
In 2023, the Message to Man festival will take place at the main cinema venues in St. Petersburg from October 6 to October 14.
The Programme Directorate’s selection committee of the 33rd Message to Man International Film Festival is responsible for choosing films to participate in three competitions: International, National and the In Silico experimental film competition.
In addition to the extensive competition programme, the festival organizers will include thematic out-of-competition screenings, retrospectives, discussions, and workshops with industry professionals on important and relevant topics. The programme is currently being developed.
The festival in St. Petersburg will kick off with a press conference involving jury members, and the opening and closing ceremonies featuring film stars and popular artists will be broadcast online.
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.
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.
Administration of the 33rd Message to Man International Film Festival