< The 5th Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPEN has come to an end>
The 12th of December, Sunday, witnessed the 5th Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPENcome to an end. Having turned its home town, Arkhangelsk, into the heart of Arctic cinema, it spanned four days filled with the premiere screenings of feature films and re-discovery of the multiple facets of documentary films. Hot topics, discussions, exhibitions, workshops were all part of the programme. The viewers numbered a total of more than four thousand.
The closing ceremony took form of a news footage that alternated with live show from the studio – the stage of the Arkhangelsk Drama Theater.
Before the start of Arctic Open News, the festival director, Tamara Statikova, expressed her gratitude to ARCTIC OPEN’s partners and sponsors. ARCTIC OPEN IFF is supported by the Presidential Grant Fund for Cultural Initiatives, Arkhangelsk Governor Center, Arkhangelsk Ministry of Culture, government of Arkhangelsk Region, NArFU, and Arkhangelsk Trawler Fleet.
“We would also like to express gratitude to our viewers, guests and participants. Geographically, we may be living on the edge of the world, but we don’t feel it. We are the heart of the Arctic and a window to it,” said Tamara Statikova.
The programmers received 1,500+ submissions from 98 countries. Of these, long-listed were 246 films, and 50 of them – 8 feature-length films, 12 shorts, 22 documentaries, and 8 children’s films – entered the official selection, whose geography embraced Russia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.
Alongside with three key nominations (Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary), a fourth category was introduced which comprised children’s films. And, there was a special award from the Media Jury.
The Grand Prix went to Rinat Tashimov’s Second Sun, noted for its originality and sincerity in creating personal reality.
The Best Short Film award was won by Victor On The Moon, directed by Denmark’s Christian Archoff.
Another Danish director, Vibeke Bryld, landed the Best Documentary award for her film Elsewhere. Yulia Vishnevetskaya’s Hey, Teachers won Special Jury Award.
The Best Children and Youth Film award went to Anton Bogdanov’s Only I am Normal.
Jack Weisman’s Nuisance Bear (Canada, 2021) landed Special Media Jury Award as best portrayal of the coexistence between humans and nature through cinematic excellence.
The prize was placed in the hands of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Russian Federation, Alison LeClaire, to be passed to the director.
These are just some of the awards. Each category featured best director award, best cinematography award and special jury mentions.
The 5th Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPEN is a project run by BEREGINYA Pomor Culture Foundation. ARCTIC OPEN is supported by the Presidential Grant Fund for Cultural Initiatives, Arkhangelsk Governor Center, Arkhangelsk Ministry of Culture, and is co-organized by Northern (Arctic) Federal University.