Russia's Gosfilmofond Plans Cannes Film Festival Alternative in 2016

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Russia's Gosfilmofond Plans Cannes Film Festival Alternative in 2016


Blaney, Martin, Screen International


Speaking to Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya, Gosfilmofond's general director Nikolay Borodachev said that the new event - tentatively called Alternativa - would show films that had been turned down by the programmers from Cannes, Berlin and Venice.

A particular focus would be placed on films by directors from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), he said.

"It will be an international festival with an international jury, and present awards. We will invite leading film critics. We have all of the possibilities to do this," he said, pointing out that this festival would attract journalists attending the nearby Cannes festival as well as cinema-goers from Nice.

"The distance from Cannes to Nice is small and all journalists, of course, will come to [see] these films to understand why they weren't taken by the Cannes festival".

Borodachev explained that the idea for an alternative festival parallel to Cannes had come to him during this year's Locarno Film Festival when Gosfilmofond experimented with the idea of an alternative festival format after Locarno's programmers decided not to select Andrey Kondrashov's documentary Crimea. …

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