The XVII International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools Kinoproba wrapped up with an Award Ceremony on December 5 in the cinema-conference hall of the Yeltsin Center.

The host of the ceremony Vadim Zhuk, a writer, actor, screenwriter, member of the festival jury announced the festival closing results.

Animation, Documentary, Fiction and Student Juries watched 130 films which were included in the competition. They were selected from 450 applications from young filmmakers from 28 countries. During the festival, the competition films could be watched on the festival online platform and social networks, as well as on the multimedia platform Wink, a partner of Kinoproba. Online attendance totaled 4,000 views. Broadcasts of some events are available on the festival platform at the link:

Kinoproba hosted more than 150 festival guests and participants. About 3000 people attended Kinoproba offline events during the festival. The hybrid format of Kinoproba, which combined traditional offline screenings, online broadcasts and video calls with film makers which were live streamed on the festival online platform, made it possible to expand the geography of viewers, despite the difficult epidemiological situation.

At the festival venues, the permitted socially-distanced seating occupancy rate was 50 percent, regular disinfection and temperature measurements were conducted. Masks and sanitizers for participants and audience were provided free of charge.

Here are the winners of the XVII International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools Kinoproba:

The Jury Grand Prix Award:

All cats are grey in the dark, directed by Lasse Linder, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Lucerne, Switzerland)

About the film:

He calls himself Catman. Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha. They are inseparable. As he is yearning to become a father, he decides to fertilize his beloved cat Marmalade by an exquisite tomcat from abroad. “All Cats Are Grey In The Dark” is a melodrama that portrays an unconventional relationship between animal and human.

Audience Award:

Kids (Student Documentary) directed by Anna Nikulina, (Russia)

Best Film School Program Jury Award:

The Ural State University of Architecture and Arts, Ekaterinburg, (Russia)

Best Fiction Film Debut Jury Award:

We are Meant, directed by Igor Marchenko, (Russia)

Best Documentary Debut Jury Award:

Then comes the evening, directed by Maja Novakoviс (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Animation Debut Jury Award:

Anna, Cat-and-Mouse, directed by Varvara Yakovleva, (Russia)

Best Student Animation Jury Award:

I’m a Fish, directed by Darya Melnikova, St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, (Russia)

Best Student Fiction Film Jury Award:

RIO, directed by Zhenya Kazankina, All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.A. Gerasimov, (Moscow, Russia)

Best Student Documentary Jury Award:

Weirdy, directed by Pawel Dyllus, Polish Film Institute, (Warsaw, Poland)

Best Animation Project Jury Award:

Good advice, directed by Regina Mukhanova, Ural State University of Architecture and Art, (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

More about the festival closing results:

The winners in each category will receive a cash prize – a certificate for 50,000 rubles, which can be spent on creating a new film. The Grand Prix Award winner will receive 100,000 rubles.

Special Jury’s Diplomas:
Animation films: Inside Me, Director: Maria Trigo Teixeira, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Potsdam, Germany
–For Laconic Beauty

Animation films: Away, Director: Mathilde Pepinster, National Higher School of Visual Arts of La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium
– For the Dream which has not floated away

Documentary Student Films: Don’t Hesitate to Come for a Visit, Mom, Director: Anna Artemyeva, Doc Nomads Master degree program (Portugal, Hungary and Belgium, Lisbon, Budapest, Brussels)
– For emotional comprehension of new means of communication

Documentary Student Films: Leningrad People, director: Nikita Yefimov, Russia
– For the ability to see a story in everyday life

Fiction Student Films: Pedophile, Director: Vera Pirogova, Moscow School of New Cinema, Russia
– A very scary film

Fiction Student Films: Sing For Us, Director: Terézia Halamová, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
– A very erotic film

Students’ Jury Diplomas:
BEST FILM: Fiction Student Films: To Discharge, Director: Amanda Adele BJÖRK, Stockholm
Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Animation films: Migrants, Directors: Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise, Pôle 3D school, France, Roubaix

Fiction Student Debuts: Contact, Director: Aleksandr Dolinskiy, Russia

Documentary Student Films: S P A C E S, Director: Nora Štrbová, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

Catalog of the XVII International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools Kinoproba

All festival events were, as always, free for the audience, but this year admission was only by registration. The full-length animated film Kill It and Leave the City based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita was one of the most attended out-of-competition screenings. Ekaterinburg was the second city in Russia where the film was presented. This became possible thanks to the support of the Polish Cultural Center in Moscow. The festival audience showed a lot of interest to new film UFO by Ivan Vyrypaev. The Anthology film Fellini and the Alter Ego by Graziano Marraffa was another premiere in Ekaterinburg and Russia. The film was released in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the great Italian director Federico Fellini. The screening was included in the calendar of the jubilee international program “Fellini 100”.

Dom Kino and the Yeltsin Center hosted screenings and presentations of foreign festivals and studios from Portugal, India, USA, Estonia, Poland, and Italy.

Over the five festival days, Kinoproba comprised 25 non-competition events, which included six online and ten offline master classes, such as, a master class “Transfer of theatrical text into cinematic” by Ivan Vyrypaev supported by the Okko online cinema.

Actress and singer Miriam Sekhon met with the students of Ekaterinburg State Theater Institute. Journalist Arina Borodina spoke about the series that influenced the development of Russian subscription platforms and video services. A theater laboratory Film-Theater premiered at Kinoproba as a creative experiment. Its participants, under the guidance of Oleg Loevsky, the laboratory art director created in express mode sketches of performances based on well-known screenplays.

The large scale events of the festival became possible thanks to a grant from the President of the Russian Federation provided by the Presidential Grants Fund.

About the festival:

The International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools Kinoproba has been annually held in Ekaterinburg since 2004. The format of the festival is unique: it is not only a festival-competition, a festival-celebration, but also a festival-workshop. The festival participants are representatives of film schools from all over the world. Five festival days comprise competition and out-of-competition screenings, master classes, discussions, meetings with film directors, animators, cameramen, actors, and retrospective screenings. Admission to all Kinoproba events is free for the audience.

The organizers of the festival: ANO DK Kinoclub, Sverdlovsk regional organization of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, the Ural State University of Architecture and Arts.

The XVII International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools Kinoproba was supported by the Polish Culture Center in Moscow, Embassy of Estonia in Moscow, U.S. Consulate General in Ekaterinburg