Sept 2014 : Official Selection in Competition at St.Petersburg

by mariakappa

Return to Aeolus Street (2013) will be screened in the Competition program of shorts films at the XXIV Message to Man International Film Festival (ST Petersburg, Russia).



The International Festival of documentary, short, game, animation and experimental films «Message to Man» started in Leningrad — St. Petersburg in 1989. In 2013, the festival was also held in Moscow. Nowadays, the festival is organized with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Administration, the Committee of Culture of St. Petersburg, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, and the Federal Foundation for Social and Economic Support of National Cinematography. The festival was established by documentary filmmaker Michael Litvyakov who is now honorary president. Since 2010, Alexei Uchitel has acted as president of the festival. He is a director of documentary and feature films and also recognised as a National Artist of Russia.

The layout of the festival, the participants, and the competition, which combines documentary, animated and short feature films is what makes «Message to Man» different from many other film events in Russia. The hallmark of the festival is a great selection of films. The festival only selects exceptional works that can be called real masterpieces. The festival programme traditionally represents different genres, styles and directing methods, which means that you can see both classical approaches and daring visual experiments. «Message to Man» is a reflection of the various influences on our lives, it is an understanding of reality by means of independent cinema. Since 2011, in addition to international and national competitions the «Message to Man» festival programme has included an experimental film contest called «In Silico».