The 3rd Kazan International Muslim Film Festival “Golden Minbar”
The 3rd Kazan International Muslim Film Festival “Golden Minbar” was held in Kazan from the 6th to 12th September, 2007 under the motto “To the dialogue of cultures through the culture of dialogue”.
234 journalists from 118 media outlets took part in the highlighting of the festival, among them 11 foreign media outlets fromEgypt,Iran,Germany,Qatar,Saudi Arabia,Lebanon, andTurkey. The representatives of the world known TV channel “Al-Jazeera” were the honourable guests of the festival.
80 cinematographers from various countries took part in the festival. There were 28 representatives fromRussiaand 52 from foreign countries.
Cinematographers from 39 countries sent in 49 films for competition, among them 16 full length feature films, 15 short length films, 12 documentaries, 6 TV reports, and also 27 films were selected for non competitive program. 15000 people attended the festival.
During the festival there were world and Russian premiers of the films like “Saira” (India) directed by Bija Kumar, “Kuktau” (Russia, Tatarstan) directed by Ildar Yagafarov, “Nomad” (Kazakhstan) directed by Ivan Passer, Sergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov.
Displays of the competitive and non competitive films were held in the modern cinema halls of “Grand Cinema” in the “Suvar-Plaza” trading centre. The opening and closing ceremonies of the festival were traditionally held in cultural and entertainment complex “Pyramid”.
Displays of the films, winners of the festival “Golden Minbar Echo” were held in cities likeMoscow,St Petersburg, andChechenRepublicwith great success.
Media outlets highlighted the festival as the most significant event in the cultural life of the Republic, at ratings of all international film festivals produced by “Kinoprocess” journal, the 3rd “Golden Minbar” festival received 8 out of 10 points in terms of organization, information ware, professionalism of the jury. For the very short timeKazan festival has gone ahead of many eminent festivals in many respects.