< ARCTIC OPEN IFF has announced its jury members>

The jury has among its members high-profile film producers, directors and actors – Alyona Shumakova, programmer for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and Torino Film Festival; actress Victoria Tolstoganova; actress Nadezhda Mikhalkova; Italian film director Tommaso Mottola; Yakut cinema promoter Sardana Savvina, to name a few.

For the first time this year, Arctic Open features a media jury consisting of competent journalists based in Arkhangelsk.

“It is important for filmmakers to know who is judging their films and selecting winners. Alongside programmers, actors, cameramen, directors and screenwriters, this year’s ARCTIC OPEN jury has many film producers, which is intentional. Producers have the vision. They judge films from the perspective of concept and how it is embodied in the film.And they also know the production process (pre-production, production, post-production) and can judge as to whether a film could maek a distribution success – those cases when quality cinematography, human response, and prospects of material benefit come together perfectly,” comments Angelica Dolinina, ARCTIC OPEN programmer.

Each category – feature length films, documentaries, children and youth films, and shorts – has its own jury board. All members will come to Arkhangelsk for the festival days and will be watching the films together with the audience. Please mind that prior registration is required. Currently, non-competition program is being agreed with the jury members.

The winners will be announced on December 12 at the award ceremony in Arkhangelsk Drama Theater. For the full list of jury members please go to: https://arctic-open.com/jury2021/

Notably, the jury for the four films categories is supplemented this year with the media jury, consisting of Leonid Chertok (Rusnord News Agency), Irina Skalina (TASS Office for Arkhangelsk Region), Svetlana Loichenko (The Pravda Severa) and Valery Chubar (Pomorye TV and Radio Broadcast). This jury will select the best documentary in this year’s three thematic sections.

“For me, every Arctic Open festival is an absolute field day that I’m looking forward to all year. Mostly because of my friends, who, let’s be honest,don’t get to Arkhangelsk too often at other times. Plus, I enjoy feeling this magic of the screen time and again, knowing that, unlike popular belief, though-provoking independent films will reach their audience at any place on Earth. And, of course, the festival is where I can see what’s trending in filmmaking – and trends are known to change year in year. I think it’s reasonable that the media jury is given documentaries. As a genre,documentaries are very close to journalism, because in fact any professional, soulfully made TV story is a mini documentary, with all the attributes of a documentary film. I hope our jury award can become a counterpart of Kinotavr’s Film CriticsGuild award, which is as valuable as its top awards,” said Leonid Chertok, chairman of Arctic Open media jury.



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