< ARCTIC OPEN announces its call for submissions open>

This year’s Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPEN is the fifth and will be hosted by Arkhangelsk. Spanning December 9 to 12, the festival will turn its host into center of attraction for filmmakers in the Arctic countries, as well as film production companies in Russia and abroad. ARCTIC OPEN has officially announced its submissions call open.

The epidemiological situation caused ARCTIC OPEN 2020 to cancel its official selection, but it showed a total of 26 film made in Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Canada, which were presented by their directors, actors and film critics. Meeting the audiences live was Canada’s film director Guy Maddin, the legend of the Russian animated film making Andrey Khrzhanovsky, film/stage director and playwright Ivan Vyrypaev.

This year’s nominations are four – Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, and Best Children’s and Youth Films, the latter being a special category. ARCTIC OPEN welcomes submissions until October 10, 2021. Its target countries are Russia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and USA, but, as in previous years, submissions from other parts of the world are welcome, too.

The official selection is going to consist of films reflecting issues that concern filmmakers most in our post-pandemic world. Film showings will be followed by meet-the-artist sessions, workshops, business and cultural events, many of which will be held in this region for the first time ever.

This year’s festival boasts a diversity of workshops supported by Arkhangelsk Governor Center. It is a part of Arctic Open’s mission as a film festival to promote film clubs and associations organized in different parts of Arkhangelsk Province to make cinematography more accessible to people of all ages. Arkhangelsk will be hosting a dedicated workshop called The Art of Moderating Movie Houses that has its own selection from the participating films associations. Other workshops to be delivered include Creating Interactive Installations, and Stage and Film Acting Specifics.

In November, festival’s partner Gostiny Dvor Museum (Arkhangelsk) will welcome The Feel of Painting, an exhibition from Novosibirsk for people with visual impairments. To help visitors experience the works of art, there will be audio descriptions, literary pieces and even odours. The exhibits are the special copies of the paintings that can be touched and are accompanied by audio poems to convey the message and even odours created by professional perfumers.

A major film venue in Arkhangelsk, the festival will bring together public figures, journalists, students, businesses and authorities to think of ways to promote development in northern areas.

The 5th ARCTIC OPEN will be hosting the III Arctic Documentary and Popular Science Film Idea Pitching for amateur and professional filmmakers to present their film ideas to investors.

The festival will be showing its films in Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Novodvinsk, and some of the local municipalities.

The year 2022 will see ARCTIC OPEN follow up on its workshops. Next March, Arkhangelsk is to host the area’s first ever inclusive studio of children’s animation films, organized in cooperation with SoyuzMultfilm.

The winning films are going to be shown to more municipalities in Pomorland and other parts of Russia as part of ARCTIC OPEN film marathon.

To apply, please fill out the form on ARCTIC OPEN official page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfp6rZlHIdCxkyyJJyHeFNcLrRAgWqbTdReSpYgrd4Q8EyxGw/viewform




Shortlisted films will be announced on October 25.

The 5th Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPEN is a project managed by BEREGINYA Pomor Culture Foundation. ARCTIC OPEN is supported by Arkhangelsk Governor Center, Arkhangelsk Ministry of Culture, and its co-organizer Northern (Arctic) Federal University.



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