Results of the X Moscow International Film Festival "Budem Zhit" (Let's Live)
On September 3, the closing ceremony of the X Moscow International Film Festival "Budem Zhit" (Let's Live)took place in the White Hall of the Central House of Cinematographers.

8 full-length feature films, 17 short feature films, 9 documentaries from 8 countries were selected for the competition program.

At the closing ceremony, prizes were awarded for the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, as well as prizes in special categories.

"The Blockade Diary" by Andrey Zaitsev was awarded the Grand Prix of the festival by the jury chaired by Evgeny Gerasimov, President of the film festival, People's Artist of Russia. The film tells about the first, the most difficult winter of the siege of Leningrad, in which most people died of hunger. February 1942, severe frosts at minus 30 degrees, terrible hunger, water and electricity supply do not work, no transport, Leningrad is covered with snow and paralyzed. A young woman, Olga, is walking across the city to her father. She has just buried her husband and is sure that soon she will also die of hunger. She wants to see her dad for the last time, say goodbye to him and ask him for forgiveness. This film is a blockade Odyssey, where the viewer together with the heroine passes through the whole city, meets a variety of people, gets into difficult situations and sees the state of Leningrad and its inhabitants.

The short film jury headed by producer Yulia Mishkinene named "Avako" directed by Ksenia Pchelintseva as the best short film of the festival. The film tells a story of Anya, 13.

The teenage girl remains under the supervision of her neighbor, Arseny (18) a punk, with whom she has been in love for a long time. Anya spends a day with Arseny's friends, trying to attract his attention and still not suspecting that they may never see each other again. The film crew received 100 thousand rubles from the National Fund for the Support of Copyright Holders, a partner of the festival.

"Long Shot", a film by Vladimir Golovnev was named the best documentary film by the documentary film jury headed by director Leonid Kruglov. Since 2015, modern 3D cinemas have been opening in small towns and villages of Russia. These are several stories from different regions of the country about how arrival of the cinema saves the inhabitants of the outback from loneliness, abandonment, alcoholism, isolation... Live observation of how cinema changes life, and life turns into a movie.

According to tradition, the winners received personalized statuettes from the President of the film festival, People's Artist of Russia Evgeny Gerasimov.

The military short drama "Sashka. Diary of a soldier", based on the story "Sashka" by Vyacheslav Kondratiev, a war veteran writer.

The film became the directorial debut of Kirill Zaitsev, a popular actor, winner of the "Zolotoy Oryol" (Golden Eagle) Award ("Going vertical"(Three seconds), "Silver Skates", "The Last Hero: the Root of Evil"). The film tells the story of Alexander Kapustin, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War. Having got to the front as a soldier, Sashka began to keep a diary and now, many years later, the pages of the diary return him to the heat of the battles of the terrible winter of 1942, where, among the explosions of bombs, blood and corpses, he pursues a German, a boy like himself, and takes him prisoner. The frightened German is waiting for death, but Sashka gives him his word that the Russians do not shoot prisoners. At the headquarters of the regiment, the battalion commander orders to shoot the captured fascist. Sashka, the soldier is faced with a choice.

Winners and laureates of the X Moscow International Film Festival "Budem Zhit" (Let's Live)
Feature films
Grand Prix – "The Blockade Diary", dir. Andrey Zaitsev, Russia
The prize of the President of the film festival – "Shambhala", dir. Artykpai Suyundukov, Kyrgyz Republic
Best Director – "Red Phantom", dir. Andrey Bogatyrev, Russia
Best Actor-Kirill Kyaro, "Call Me Thrush", Russia
Best Camera work - "Shambala" Akzhol Bekbolotov and Murat Aliyev, Kyrgyz Republic

Special Diplomas from the jury:
Actor Alexey Rodionov – "Africa", Russia
Actress Anastasia Samylova – "Dream", Russia
Actress Olga Ozollapinya – "The Blockade Diary", Russia.
Special prize of the Moscow City Duma – to Iraida Schultz, the production designer of "The Blockade Diary". Special prize of the Main Control Department of the city of Moscow – the film "Dream", directed by Maria Batova.
Special prize of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow – the film "Best Friends", dir. Beslan Terekbayev (Russia-India).
Special Prize of the Department for Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Fire Safety of the City of Moscow for the film "Archipelago", dir. Alexey Telnov, Mikhail Malakhov.
Special prize of the Department of Health – the documentary "Watermelon Seed", dir. Elena Kabanova, Russia.
Short films
The main prize – "Avako", dir. Ksenia Pchelintseva, Russia
Special diplomas:
"For optimism" – "Farewell letter", dir. Roman Baranov, Russia
"For the acting ensemble – - "The Last Bell", dir. Vyacheslav Belomestnykh, Russia
"For the embodiment of global problems on the screen – - "Morpho", dir. Asya Schuplova, Russia
"For the depth of the musical solution" - "Apple Tree", dir. Olga Azhnakina, Russia
"For the artistic interpretation of the theme of growing up" - "A Kid, dir. Damir Miftakhov, Russia
Documentary films
The main prize - "Long shot", dir. Vladimir Golovnev, Russia
Special diplomas:
"Diploma for the best national film" – "Slippery Road", dir. Gulnara Aitmatova, Kyrgyzstan
"Diploma for personal stories about the future of Russia – - "Katya and Vasya go to school", dir. Yulia Vishnevetskaya, Russia
"Diploma of Leonid Kruglov, Chairman of the documentaries jury - "Garage people", dir. Natalia Efimkina, Germany.
The winners in the categories "Short Film" and "Documentary Film" also received tickets to the Organ Gala Concert in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory from the "Drevo Zhizny" (Tree of Life) International Foundation and the composers ' competition "New Classics of Organ Taurida".

Within the framework of the film festival, there were also held:
- open-talk "From boomers to zoomers. The history of Russian web series"
- open-talk "Promotion of impact content in Russia"
- showings of last year's winners of the festival
- the evening in memory of A. B. Stefanovich and the showing of the documentary "Flight of Margarita"
- out-of-competition screening of the documentary almanac "You are from the future"
- master classes and special screenings from the "TSEKH" film school
- round table "The role of cinema in the development of electronic media".
One of the key events of the business program of the film festival was the Moscow pitching of debutants with a prize fund of 1 million rubles. Out of 109 applications submitted for pitching, 12 projects were selected for participation in the defense in two categories: "The Image of Moscow" (full-length and short films) and "Military-Historical cinema" (full-length and short films).

Winners of the Moscow pitching debutants:
The project "Hello, Moscow", written by Alexander Gonorovsky, directed by Igor Nevedrov, produced by Ekaterina Shavlova (Feature film, Moscow), became the winner in "Image of Moscow" category . The project receives 500 thousand rubles from the Union of Filmmakers of Russia and the Presidential Grants Fund..
"The Order" project, written by Konstantin Chelidze, directed by Alyona Polyakova (Short feature film, Moscow), became the winner in "Military-Historical Cinema" category . The project receives 500 thousand rubles from the Union of Filmmakers of Russia and the Presidential Grants Fund.
The project "Lenochka 1943" was also noted, the authors of the script Andrey Turapin, Dmitry Evdokimov, director Dmitry Evdokimov, producer Rinat Safin (Short feature films, Pushkin). The project receives technical support from CANON.
The project "Varya", written by Roman Lebedinsky, directed by Maxim Kuznetsov, produced by Ksenia Kuznetsova (Feature film, Moscow, St. Petersburg) receives the support of the Voenfilm studio.
The main venues of the film festival are the Central House of Cinematographers, the Poklonka Cinema, the pavillion cinema on Poklonnaya Hill, the Documentary Film Center.


The organizers of the film festival: "Kinematografist" Foundation, the Union of Fillmamkers of Russia, the Muvistart production center with support of the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow, the Department of Mass Media of the City of Moscow, Stolichniy Workshop of Cultural Workers.
Partners of the film festival: National Fund for Support of the Copyright Holders, New Institute of Cultural Studies, "TSEKH" film school , VOSTOK agency, Kinolibre.

Information partners of the film festival: TASS, Proficinema, Bulletin Kinoprokatchika, Moviestart,, Cinemaplex, Moskovsky Komsomolets, RabotnikiTV.

Contact information of the festival directorate:
Youth Center of the Union of Filmmakers of Russia,
Moscow, Vasilievskaya str., 13 Build. 1, 2nd floor, office 35
(Central House of Cinematographers)
Phone: +7 499 251 85 11

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