Kazan Muslim Film Festival Introduces New Competitive Section for Tatarstan Films

The 2017 edition of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival introduces a new competitive section (‘National Competition’).

The section includes 10 film of various formats, timing and genres produced in the Republic of Tatarstan or devoted to this region, namely ‘Unsent Letters’ by RustamRashitov; ‘Aisylu’ by SoltanSungatullin and RustamRashitov; ‘Heritage Arrow’ by Sergei Kiatrov; ‘Naziba’ byAlmazNurgaliev; ‘Prodigal Son’by Oksana Sinchugova; ‘Habib Allah Mohammed’ (Egypt-Republic of Tatarstan co-production) and others.

“National sections is a usual practice for leading film festivals”, comments Albina Nafigova, the festival director of programming. “By introducing the national competition section, we aim to provide Tatarstan films with a wider audience as well as to encourage the development of the cinematograph in the region. The winner either a film director, a producer or a company that has already created a valuable product will be awarded by a financial reward that could be spent for the next project, for instance, for a production of a new film or for implementing a certain shooting stage or post-production. Such funding may stimulate the film sector and create a healthy competition atmosphere in the region, motivating young professionals”.

The jury for the section is composed by a producer and an actress Diana Safarova (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia), a film critic and a producerMirolubVuchkovich (Serbia),and the director of Festagent Film Promotion AgencyIvan Zolotukhin (Russia). The evaluation process will be complemented by audience voting: according to the previous editions of the festival, the festival audience attends all screenings of regionally produced films. At the same time, the system of double evaluation would make the competition more transparent.

“The cinematograph of the Republic of Tatarstan is currently passing through a vital stage”, says Milyausha Aituganova, the director of the festival. “Its quality and quantity dramatically improves. As regards the festival, its previous editions have already presented Tatarstan films. This year, we are going further and creating ‘a festival laboratory’ in order to enter a serious competition in the international scale in the future. We see the financial award of this section as an additional stimulus for encouraging the development of the cinematograph of the Republic of Tatarstan. The external participants outside of the region can also enter the competition in case of their involvement in co-production with the Republic of Tatarstan. This measure aims to encourage the involvement of talented professionals in Tatarstan film production”.

The films of the Republic of Tatarstan have also entered short film competition program (‘Imagine’ by Ilshat Rakhimbai; ‘Velojajj. Extraordinary Journey’ by Renat Khabibullin) and Young Russia competition program (‘Redundancy’ by BaibulatBatullin).

The 13th Kazan Muslim Film Festival shortlist are available on the official web-site of the festival:http://kazan-mfmk.com

Since 2005, Kazan Muslim Film Festival is one of the largest film forums held annually in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. The concept of the festival is reflected through its official motto ‘Through dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’. The festival focuses on films supporting the ideas of peace-building, tolerance and humanity and promoting intercultural dialogue.

The competition program of the festival includes both Russian and international films in the following sections: full-lengthfeature, short feature, full-length documentary, short documentary, Young Russia and National Competition.