Cinema Institute summer school students to present films about Kazan
The VGIK 3rd International Summer School that opened on 13 July has ended in Kazan. On Thursday evening, the students presented their final work, 9 ten-minute documentaries themed "Kazan - Culture Crossroads".
A total of 26 students from direction, cinematography and production departments of Russian cinema institutes, as well as students from Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, India and Poland. A total of 9 crews were assembled, one with the participation of Kazan students. The students within several weeks shot in Kazan and outside it, trying to make a statement on the chosen theme.
"The films are of various levels, you can assess them," the professor at VGIK (Russian State Cinema Institute) Vladimir Fokin noted. One of the most important elements of the profession is being aware of your responsibility to the audience, he stated, thanking the Tatarstan Culture Ministry and Tatarkino for the support.
The purpose of the school was to establish educational and creative relations between students at cinema and theatre schools from Europe and the CIS, to learn about the life and culture of the member states and create visual images by students from various cinema schools during the summer training course.
The competition's main awards, including Best Cinematographer, Best Director, Popular Vote and Best Film, were given to the film called Sashka, Sashka by Mikhail Scheshnyak. The film's 12-year-old star was found by the director at the Kazan Cadet Boarding School. The boy was said to have witnessed his father's violent death and later his step-father's tragic end, and was afterwards raised by an overprotective mother.
VGIK cinema schools are annually held in various parts of Russia. The first was conducted in Svetlogorsk, the second in Azov. The documentaries about Kazan will be forwarded to the Tatarstan Ministry of Culture. The authors reserve the right to make amendments to the films and present them at film festivals and competitions.
Source: IA Tatar-inform