Moscow International Film Festival
The Moscow International Film Festival is among the oldest in the world. For the first time it was held in 1935 and the Jury was headed by the great Sergei Eisenshtein himself, but the chronology of the festival begins in 1959, when it became a regular event. It is significant that the rebirth of the Moscow International Film Festival occurred in the 60s of the past century, at the time of the Thaw, when cinema experienced the influx of a new generation of directors, whose spiritual experience was shaped under the influence of the great victory over fascism.
Over the past decades the renown and influence of the Moscow Festival on the world filmmaking process have grown significantly. Prizes were awarded to outstanding masters of world cinema – Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kramer, Federico Fellini and Ettore Scola, Andrzej Wajda and Francesco Rosi, Krzysztof Zanussi and Damiano Damiani, Gleb Panfilov and Sergei Gerasimov, Bernard Blier and Alexandr Rogozhkin. The MIFF paved the way for filmmakers who later became known throughout the world like Istvan Szabo and Kaneto Shindo, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Aki Kaurismaki, Kohei Oguri and Humberto Solas. In 2012 the honorary prize for contribution to world cinema went to the American film director Tim Burton. The Moscow Festival honoured remarkable representatives of the acting profession. Over the years the prize “I Believe. Konstantin Stanislavsky” for acting achievements was awarded to Jack Nicholson and Jeanne Moreau, Meryl Streep and Harvey Keitel, Fanny Ardant and Daniel Olbrychski, Gerard Depardieu and Oleg Yankovsky, Isabelle Huppert , Emmanuelle Beart and Helen Mirren. In 2012 this prize was awarded to the outstanding French actress Catherine Deneuve.
The festival has always mirrored the socio-political changes taking place in our country, our tempestuous modern history has always aroused the interest of numerous guests from all over the world. Our Festival is intended not merely for professionals and journalists, but also for the wide audience. Today leading foreign film corporations aim at staging premier screenings of movies in our country, concluding that Russia offers one of the most promising viewing potentials in the world. The film market, which in 2012 took place in the “Radisson-Slavianskaya” hotel as part of the MIFF, strengthened its positions and attracted a lot of interest on the part of the distributors.