Magazine article Screen International

Russia Cancels Moscow Premiere Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Russia Cancels Moscow Premiere Film Festival

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The Russian government has cancelled the city's Moscow Premiere film festival, citing the "difficult economic situation".

The festival, which has been supported by the Moscow city council for 12 years, has had its funding pulled and will be replaced by a new event titled Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film, which is backed by Russia's Putin-aligned ruling party United Russia.

Moscow Premiere was highly-regarded for showcasing controversial films outside of the mainstream, including films that highlighted gay themes.

Film critic and Moscow Premiere head Vyacheslav Shmyrov said: "We cannot affiliate to the new festival - not least in terms of our self-esteem.

"'Moscow Premiere' is primarily a social festival and a charity project that exists for those people, especially the older generation, who can not afford to go to the movies. …

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