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Moscow International Film Festival


Moscow Film Festival is an unspecialised international competition. Among the leading category `A` Festivals, it has Retros (John Cassavetes-2008, Marco Ferreri-2009, Social avant-guardizm), documentary sections.


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Interview with Directors Daniel Mentz and Julia Butler for SLIPAWAY (2017)

    Director/writer Daniel Mentz and director/writer Julia Butler co-direct 'Slipaway' (2017), a heartrending film about the unlikely friendship between an older woman, Fall (played by Elaine Partnow), and a young man, Adam (Jesse Pepe). Reminiscent of The Intouchables (2011), the film presents a story about the platonic bond between an elderly ailing woman at the end of her life and a young man beginning his. Adam is a young homeless drug addict who dreams of becomi...

The closing ceremony of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival has taken place at the Rossiya theatre.

The closing ceremony of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival has taken place at the Rossiya theatre. The main prize was awarded to the film «Crested Ibis».     On June 29, 2017, the closing ceremony of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival took place at the Rossiya theatre.    Among those walking the red carpet towards the theatre, were such actresses as Oksana Akinshina, Anastasiya Zadorozhnaya, Alla Dovlatova, Paulina And...

Canadian Animation Focus in Moscow - Video ambiance

Laurie Gordon, Clive Smith and Melonny Melody with Festival Program Director KIRILL RAZLOGOV  and programmer MARINA TOROPYGINA  ...

Strong Storm hit Moscow causing hours of delay at airport when we left the city

 The bad weather in Russian capital city Moscow has resulted in changes in the schedule of Moscow airports. My flight was delayed by 5 hours ...

Bruno Chatelin with Program Director Kirill Razlogov

Doctor of art history and professor, Kirill lectures on film history in VGIK, Institute of European Cultures and on Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors. Discussing french new wave with Kirill for a TV show on Russian program Kultura ...

Bruno Chatelin with Jury President REZA MIRKARIMI Fajir Fest director

Bruno Chatelin with REZA MIRKARIMI  Jury President (director, producer Iran) Reza photographed in Tehran with his colleague who runs the market Born January 28 1966 in Tehran, it was there that he studied Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts University. His directing debut was in 1987 with a short film called For Him, followed by two TV shows for young adults. His first feature film, The Child and The Soldier (1999), has won several national and international awards. In 2001 his se...

Festival President NIKITA MIKHALKOV at work

NIKITA MIKHALKOV is a Russian filmmaker, actor, and head of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Mikhalkov was born in Moscow into the distinguished, artistic Mikhalkov family. His great grandfather was the imperial governor of Yaroslavl, whose mother was a princess of the House of Golitsyn. Nikita's father, Sergei Mikhalkov, was best known as writer of children's literature, although he also wrote lyrics to his country's national anthem...

Grand red carpet at Moscow Fest

Closing Award Ceremony of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival has taken place at the Rossiya Theatre, the opening ceremony. Screening of the Beguiled by Sofia Coppola followed the awards ceremony.  ...

Sofia Coppola’s THE BEGUILED Gripping closing film at Moscow Fest -Review by Quendrith Johnson

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There was a time when Sofia Coppola could be at an awards show and overlooked as a famous daughter; not anymore, not for years now since LOST IN TRANSLATION. But in her new film, THE BEGUILED, which is a retool of a 1971 Clint Eastwood starrer, she really comes of age as a visionary writer/director. Even in what is considered a remake of a movie based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, it has a distinctive feel that's all hers. The film...

Moscow 39th Awards Ceremony

MAIN PRIZE “GOLDEN GEORGE” FOR THE BEST FILM CRESTED IBIS/YUAN SHANG, director Liang Qiao, China   SPECIAL JURY PRIZE “SILVER GEORGE” THE BOTTOMLESS BAG/MESHOK BEZ DNA, director Rustam Khamdamov, Russia   “SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR YELLOW HEAT/SARI SICAK, director Fikret Reyhan, Turkey   “SILVER GEORGE” FOR THE BEST ACTOR SON HYUN-JU ( BOTONGSARAM), Republic of Korea   ...

The Canadian Animation Focus in Moscow

10 hours of canandian animation curated by Laurie Gordon for the Moscow Film Festival. CANADIAN ANIMATED SHORTS COMPILATION HEAVY METAL ROCK ’N’ RULE RYAN RYAN’S RENAISSANCE SPARE CHANGE WALKING WAPIKONI NATIVE CANADIAN FILMMAKERS SHORT FILMS COMPILATION   ...

Russian VR Seasons at Moscow Fest, large choice of inovative VR Projects

Georgy Molodtsov curator of the VR selection at Moscow Fest   More than 40 short VR-films are set to be shown in the framework of the program  Russian VR Seasons, dedicated to the experimental format of spherical film for VR helmets.   In the framework of the festival, a special VR zone will be created on June 23-28 at Karo Oktyabt multiplex cinema. The VR zone will have a capacity of 30 seats, and will be situated opposite the screening hall 6, where ...

Fun memories on shooting with music icons in Q&A after cult animation feature Rock & Rule

The film, directed by  Clive A. Smith, was part of the Canadian Animation Focus, programmed for the Moscow Festival by Laurie Gordon Animaze Festival Director. The War was over, the only survivors were street animals, dogs, cats, and rats. From them a new race of mutants evolved, that was a long time ago Rock & Rule was Nelvana's first animated feature film, and also the first Canadian animated feature to be produced in English. Clive Smith and Melony Melody atte...

STAR BOYS premiered during the 39th Moscow International Film Festival

International premiere took place on the 25th of June in the main competition of the MIFF. Film was presented by Director and Screenwriter: Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Producers: Mika Ritalahti and  Niko Ritalahti and Actors: Antti Luusuaniemi, Pihla Viitala, Malla Malmivaara   STAR BOYS is a powerful story of two families being torn apart by disintegrating moral values when the sexual revolution arrives at a conservative and religious small town in...

Main Competition jury of the 39th edition of Moscow Festival

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Reza Mirkarimi: «I'm sure that our jury will work in a coordinated and professional way»    On June 23, 2017, the press conference of the main competition jury of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival took place. At the press conference, were Iranian director and producer Reza Mirkarimi, Italian actress Ornella Muti, Finnish director and producer Jorn Johan Donner, Catalonian director and scriptwriter Albert Serra, Russian scriptwriter, director, ...

MIFF President Nikita Mikhalkov's presents the festival

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    On June 22, 2017, ahead of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival's opening ceremony, the showcase president, director, the head of Russia's Filmmakers' Union, Nikita Mikhalkov has held his traditional press briefing.    Mikhalkov told journalists that 246 films will be shown at MIFF this year, compared to the last year's 175. The opening film will be the Indian movie 'Bahubali 2: The Conclusion'. The festiv...

Moscow 39th to close with Sofia Coppola The Beguiled

  Country USA Closing Film The Beguiled Director: Sofia Coppola Based on Thomas Cullinan novel, the story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken ...

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion opened Moscow 39th edition

Opening Film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Director: S.S. Rajamouli The second part of the historical thriller about Prince Shivudu, who was saved and brought up by common people. When he grew up he learnt about his heritage. The only question is why the person, who unveiled the truth to him, had once killed his noble and sage father.         ...
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