The International Student Short Film Festival has taken place since 1961. It received its “international” title in 1970.
The 41 VGIK International Student Festival is hosted with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the President’s Grants Fund, the National Fund for rights holders. The main goal of the Festival is to recognise and stimulate young talents. Through the years among the winners have been people who later became highly significant individuals in international cinema:
Andrey Konchalovskiy, Andrey Tarkovskiy, Vasiliy Shukshin, Nikita Mikhalkov, Vadim Abdrashitov, Pyotr Buslov, Boris Akopov, Aleksandr Hunt and others.
The Festival is run in two stages:
18-27 October 2021 – Stage 1 – VGIK’s competition.
15-19 November 2021 – Stage 2 – the international cinema and theatre competition.
The judges and the audience are welcome to see the works of students from the UK, Italy, USA, France, Germany, China, Brazil, Argentina and other countries.
Alongside the Film Festival, the 17th Theatre Festival will too take place. There the audience will be presented with productions from the leading theatre schools based in Russia and abroad.