(Kazan, 26 August, Tatar-inform, Kamil Asadullin). Most nominations of the 10th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival to take place between 5 and 11 September contain films made in Tatarstan, Deputy Culture Minister Guzel Nigmatullina told a news conference today.
“This year we see our festival being especially successful in the part of Tatarstan-made films. Practically all nominations, with the exception of full-length documentary, include films made in Tatarstan,” she said.
The admission of entries concluded on 1 July, with over 500 being sent in from 56 countries. For the first time, entries from Brazil and Argentina were submitted. On 1 August the selection commission concluded their work, including 50 films from 20 countries in the main competition. Deputy minister noted that 90 percent of the pictures were premieres.
This year’s festival coincides with the Year of Culture and Kazan being the cultural capital of the Turkic world, as well as with 90 years of film distribution in Tatarstan. “All of these events will be duly represented by our festival’s programme,” the speaker said.
As in the previous years, the festival’s budget will total about 15 million roubles.
This year’s edition will feature an extensive out-of-competition programme that will include short-length films by young Tatarstan authors. Portuguese films, an extensive programme from Iraq and junior cinema from the UK will be presented as well. The Oscar House programme that includes short-length feature films found in the Oscars’ short list will be offered to the younger audience.
The film shows will take place at the Rodina, Mir, Kinomax, Kinomechta and Tatarstan Peoples’ Friendship House cinemas.