The International Film Festival «Hero and Time» will take place from 25 May to 2 June 2019 in Zheleznovodsk and other towns of the Caucasus Mineral Waters agglomeration. The Festival will be held with the support of the Government of Stavropol region and the Governor Vladimir Vladimirov.

The Festival was initiated by well-known artists and members of the Russian Artistic Union: actor and director Sergei Puskepalis, writer and columnist Zahar Prilepin, theatre producer and director Eduard Boyakov and film producer Vadim Goryaynov.

A new showcase of the best films depicting the most topical problems of modern times will draw the attention of the audience to a realistic figure of the hero who can be identified with the modern era’s spirit. History shows that such a hero is able to provide leadership in the release and distribution of such films both at home and abroad.

It is not by chance that Zheleznovodsk was selected for hosting the Festival. Its dramatic geography was an important location for Lermontov’s Pechorin adventures and for the poet himself who was killed in a duel at the foot of the Mashuk Mountain. A spa resort in Russian literature and art is not only a place to relax and have a good time but very often it can be a place featuring important events that can influence the biography of the hero.

The key aim of the Festival is to establish an esthetical agenda popularising traditional values, creative ideas and promotion of Russian cinema at home and abroad by means of cinematography.

Developing international cooperation, getting to know talented authors from all over the world, creating a unique and wholesome artistic environment are also of utmost importance for the Festival.

The Festival will also aim at finding and supporting young talent, helping the development of modern playwriting and film production and creating a favourable platform for the exchange of ideas and skills related to the international film industry.

Festival Programs:

  • Feature films competition (12 films)
  • Documentary films competition (12 films)
  • Program «Name. Hero and Time» will also become a very important occasion during the Festival. It will be a sequence of events dedicated to an outstanding Russian filmmaker. A special prize will be awarded, there will be a retrospective screening of the winner’s films as well as exhibitions, conferences, lectures and meetings with the audience. This wide range of events will enable participants to immerse themselves in the artistry of the outstanding film master and understand his/her artistic ideas.
  • Program «Multimedia, animation» (15 events, exhibitions)
  • Special Film Programs, Festival presentations in the towns of the agglomeration
  • Educational Programs (retrospective screenings with discussions afterwards, master-classes and topical round tables)

A unique annual interdisciplinary program of artistic residences will be launched in addition to the main Festival week. It will consist of seminars, hands on workshops and artistic laboratories that will envelop the whole process of filmmaking from script writing and producing to editing and subtitles design. The main results of the work of residences and artistic laboratories will be shown during the Festival.

Festival Prizes:

  • Gran-Prix
  • Best Director
  • Best Script
  • Artistic vision (Director of Photography/Film Editor/Artistic Director)
  • Best Director of Photography
  • Best Actor
  • Special Prize
  • Honorary Prize «Name. Hero and Time»
  • Audience Prize

The organisers hope that the annual Festival «Hero and Time» with its interdisciplinary educational and artistic residences program will become a driver for the development of the region and will strengthen the status of the Zheleznovodsk agglomeration as an important federal cultural centre.

Festival Board

Sergei Puskepalis, Актер и режиссер

Sergei Puskepalis

actor and director

Eduard Boyakov, театральный продюсер и режиссер

Eduard Boyakov

heatre producer and director

Vadim Goryainov, кинопродюсер

Vadim Goryainov

film producer

Zakhar Prilepin, писатель и публицист

Zakhar Prilepin

writer and publicist

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