The international festival-workshop of film schools Kinoproba is annually held in Ekaterinburg from December 1 to 5. The format of the Kinoproba festival is unique: it is not just a competition or a celebration, but primarily a festival of workshops. The festival participants are representatives of various film schools from around the world. Unlike other film festivals the Kinoproba festival offers not only competitive and information programs, but also workshops for everyone who uses animation and video technologies for both artistic and applied purposes: from creating commercials to making educational and popular science films. In addition, the festival annual program includes special projects devoted to the history of cinematography, experiments in cinema, animation and film-making labs for children, etc.
The Kinoproba festival has been held in Ekaterinburg since 2004. It is not by chance that Ekaterinburg is home to the festival of young filmmakers. Ekaterinburg can boast of its famous school of the Ural animation and documentary films. The Ural animation is one of the most well-known in Russia and internationally. Such renowned film directors as Alexander Petrov (Academy award for the film “The Old Man and the Sea”), Aleksey Kharitidi (Palme d’Or – Best Short Film for the film “Gagarin”) and others come from Ekaterinburg School. There is a unique animation school for kids “Attraction” led by Sergei Ainutdinov in Ekaterinburg. Alexey Fedorchenko, Vasily Sigarev are award winners of the Russian and International Class A festivals for making feature films.
During the festival first three years, only animated films were selected for Kinoproba competition. Since 2007, shorts have been included in the program, and since 2008, documentaries. Since 2010, the festival has been offering competitions for non-professional film makers: for example, the Mobile Cinema competition sponsored by MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications company; a documentary workshop supported by the US Consulate General in Ekaterinburg; a lab “Hunt for Reality: Epic, Lyrics, Drama” on the initiative Boris Yeltsin Foundation in 2012, etc.
The success of the festival is recognized by its inclusion in the directory of film festivals in Russia. Kinoproba opened such new names in the world of animation as Elizaveta Skvortsova, author of the cartoon collection “Lullabies of the World”, Moscow, Zoya Kireeva, a winner of numerous international awards for her debut film “Foolish girl”, Ekaterinburg and others. The audience of the festival has a unique opportunity to watch the films of young filmmakers, students of film schools, whose works have not yet been widely screened.
An important component of the festival is interaction with its young audience. At previous festivals, children and their parents could meet with Leonid Nosyrev, the author of the animated film “Antoshka”, Denis Chernov, the author of the series “Smeshariki”, Andrei Khrzhanovsky, the author of “The Ballad of the Royal Sandwich”, Lisa Skvortsova, the author of the cartoon series “Lullabies of the World”.
Every year, world-famous filmmakers come to the Kinoproba as guests and members of the jury. In 2012, Andrei Zvyagintsev headed the jury of the festival. John Rapsey, the former Director of the WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and Gregg Helvey, Academy Nominee and Student Academy Award Winner were guests of the festival in 2011. David Sproxton, a co-founder of the Aardman Animations visited Kinoproba in 2010.
In 2009, directors of documentaries from the United States held a workshop with the local students interested in film-making and film editing. During 4 days they made 4 shorts about Ekaterinburg. In 2010, a mobile film competition was held at the festival. The winning films were screened at the festival closing ceremony.
Kinoproba audience is active educated youth, students, art and culture experts, creative people, PR and advertizing specialists and journalists. Kinoproba always hits headlines of the local media.
The festival is popular with a broad audience that wishes to have a good time in a pleasant company. In addition, certain programs of our festival will be of interest to children and their parents. For example, this year we present a retrospective of Russian animation.
Participants: over 13 years, the festival featured programs of students and graduates of film schools from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, France, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Great Britain, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Argentina, UAE, Australia, India.