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26 July 15:00

Pavilion, New Holland Island

Round table: The realities, prospects and problems of debut films in Russia

New people come to cinema in different ways. Some, but not all, after receiving specialized education in public or private film schools, some after gaining practical experience on film sets, and some decide to devote themselves to cinema, after having worked in another profession. In all these cases, producing debut films is a risky venture for any producer. But this risk is necessary, without it there would be no new names, no films, no original authors. At the round table, with the participation of the leaders of key Russian film schools and leading producers and representatives of the Ministry of Culture, we want to discuss the problems of debut films in Russia. Problems of film education and financing of films for beginner cinematographers, the need to develop independent film schools with different approaches to education, relations between film schools and the state, the boom of regional cinema and the difficulties it faces. Moderator: Larisa Malyukova, film critic, Novaya Gazeta columnist Participants: Alexander Evmenov — Rector of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television Olga Lyubimova — Director of the Department of Cinematography of the Ministry of Culture Eduard Pichugin — producer, general director of the Lenfilm film studio Alexey Popogrebsky — director, screenwriter, curator of the directing program of the Moscow School of Cinema Fedor Popov - producer, general director of LLC VGIK-Debut and the international festival VGIK Alexander Rodnyansky — producer, president of the New Holland International Debut Film Festival Sergey Selyanov — producer, head of the film company CTB. Admission is free of charge, lecture is delivered in Russian. Attendees must register in advance (link in Russian).