The New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is focused on films that display original aesthetics, represent a cultural and geographic diversity and have the potential to make a cinematic statement that will stand the test of time. Our mission is to support creativity and introduce new names to a wider audience. The festival takes place in St. Petersburg based on the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.
The festival was founded in 2019 and marked its launch with a preview edition in July of that year. The three-day preview featured premiere screenings, presentations of major Russian film schools, lectures and public talks by filmmakers. Over 50 000 people visited the island during these three days.
The first competitive edition will be centered around international competition programs of feature-length and short films. Feature-length fiction films are accepted for the feature film competition, while the short film competition accepts documentary, experimental and fiction films that will be judged by the jury on equal basis.
New Holland Island is a man-made island, located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded at the same time as the city itself, it was mainly used for military purposes for over 300 years. After standing completely derelict for a decade in the beginning of this century, it finally opened its doors to the public in 2011. Today New Holland Island is the center of social and cultural life of Saint-Petersburg, where history and culture converge in a unique setting. The goal of the project New Holland Island: Cultural Urbanization is not only to restore the historical and architectural monument, but also to gather around it a community of progressive and creative people who determine the future of the project today.
Three equal awards worth 5000 € each