The National Competition will be Judged by International Experts

Annually one of the most important sections of the Minsk International Film Festival – National Competition – presents the best of the new Belarusian films to the audience. Films, different in topics and genres, attract both national and foreign festival crowd. Forming the image of the modern cinema process in the country, “Listapad” finds it important that the motion pictures are judged by the international jury, which is able to determine the place of the Belarusian cinematography in the global context. This time the jury consists of Pascale Ramonda, Festival Agent from France, Renata Santoro, Selector for Giornate degli Autori of the Venice Film Festival, and Daria Yurkevich, Belarusian Director.

Professionals from different spheres of cinematography are invited as the jury of the National Competition: directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, film critics, representatives of international film festivals, distributors. When estimating the Belarusian program, including its compliance with the world tendencies, the experts are able to grasp and determine the status of the Belarusian cinematography in the film sphere in whole.

“National Competition is a specific space for us, some kind of a laboratory. As the modern Belarusian cinematography is dynamically shaping and only begins to turn to the global film industry, it needs to be encouraged and directed, and international experts help to discover talents and give them start in life”, – says Igor Sukmanov, Program Director of “Listapad”.


Photo: Pascale Ramonda, Renata Santoro, Daria Yurkevich

Pascale Ramonda is a festival agent from France, who actively supports independent films. She has more than a 15-years’ experience of work in the international film industry. Observation of market development helped her to make way for a great amount of art house films. In 2010, Pascale Ramonda founded her own company for promotion and distribution of independent films. She worked with films of such maestros as Guy Maddin, Jafar Panahi, and George Ovashvili.

Renata Santoro is a film researcher and programmer (or selector) for Giornate degli Autori - Venice Film Festival. She is a jury member of various film forums, as a lecturer she specializes in the sphere of audio-visual education.

Daria Yurkevich is a graduate of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and a French school Le Fresnoy, candidate of the University of Paris VIII, she is writing a Ph.D. thesis on modern art, makes feature films and documentaries. Films by Daria Yurkevich are participants and awardees of prestigious international film festivals, including the Minsk IFF: her feature film Mamie, Darya et la chèvre in 2014 and documentary Christ’s Easter («Пасха Христова») in 2015 received National Competition Diplomas.

Igor Sukmanov: “Films will be judged not by just directors and festival agents, but by professionals with their own concept of world and art. Their “Fs” and “As” will be objective grades, as they rationally and practically estimate the modern film processes. Those, on whom in many ways films’ destiny depends, are invited to be the jury. It is a good opportunity for them to see something that we have, and for us – to help the Belarusian film to shoot ahead”.

The founders of the MIFF are Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and Minsk City Executive Committee. The organizer of “Listapad” is Visual and Performing Arts Centre “Art Corporation”.

The general sponsor of the Film Festival is bank card “Shchodraya” Mastercard.

The official sponsors are “Kinovideoprokat” of the Minsk City Executive Committee, Falcon Club Cinema Boutique, Air Company “Belavia”, “Beltelecom”, official ticket agent “Bycard”. Powered by Belteleradiocompany, Film Studio “Belarusfilm” and Advertising Agency “Forte”.

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