The president of the festival is Evgeny Gerasimov, People's Artist of Russia, Chairman of the Commission on Culture of the Moscow City Duma, Chairman of the Moscow Organization of the Union of Filmmakers of Russia.
The main goal of the festival is to introduce Muscovites and guests of the capital to new films and their creators in this country; to expand the audience by organizing open-air showings, in libraries, museums; to promote the works of young filmmakers; to develop the film industry in Moscow.
The festival has been held since 2011, and in the first years it was a presentation of the works of young filmmakers. Since 2016, the festival has included programs of full-length feature and animated films, and has become one of the largest film showings held in Moscow – 150 films were presented in the festival program at 99 Moscow venues. At various times, the jury of the festival included such famous filmmakers as Alexander Shirvindt, Vladimir Menshov, Vladimir Grammatikov, Janik Fayziev, Boris Tokarev, Yuri Korotkov, Irina Apeksimova, Ivan Kudryavtsev, Vladimir Fokin, Alexander Stefanovich, Vladimir Fenchenko, and master classes were conducted by Peter Mamonov, Alexander Adabashyan, Zhora Kryzhovnikov, Alexey Petrukhin, Alexander Mitta, Vladimir Bortko.
In 2021 the festival was given international status.
The winners and participants of the cinema event were young directors who later made their successful debut in the big cinema, among them - Ashot Keshyan, Igor Grinyakin, Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Kirill Pletnev, Ekaterina Telegina, Sonya Karpunina, Konstantin Fam, Olga Kaptur, Natalia Belyauskene, Yulia Byvsheva, Georgy Molodtsov, Ainur Askarov, Roman Artemyev and others.
The main venues of the festival are the "Moskovskoe kino" cinema chain, the Central House of the Cinematographer, the cinema pavillion on Poklonnaya Hill, parks in Moscow, libraries and museums.
The jury of the festival selects the winners in the categories of full-length feature films, short and documentary films. The Departments of the city of Moscow and the partners of the film festival present their prizes as well.
Within the framework of non-competitive programs, special attention is paid to debut and regional cinema, as well as new formats: social commercials, Internet series.
Educational programs are conducted both for young filmmakers and for a wide audience to include children. The festival is open for cooperation and welcomes new ideas and proposals.
Contacts of the Directorate of the Moscow International Festival of Russian Cinema "Budem Zhit!" (Let's live!):
13 Vasilyevskaya str., Moscow, 123056
Central House of Cinematographers
Youth Center of the Union of Filmmakers of Russia
Phones: 8 (499) 251-85-11
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