The twenty-ninth film festival “Listapad” held from November 17th to 24th became a significant event of autumn and the film industry in Belarus. Such a large-scale event united a lot of film lovers, actors, directors and many others. The rich days of the film festival will be remembered by all participants and spectators who had the honor to be the first to watch the films.
A multi-genre program. Rich festival days, master classes, creative meetings, briefings. Interest in documentary films. This year’s show of animated films for the youngest ones aroused special interest: kids missed going to cinemas after the pandemic, and adults appreciated how animation and the use of neural networks have advanced. Pakistani Movie Day was held with the support of the Embassy of Pakistan. The screening of the movie “Kamli” was attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan – Sajjad Haider Khan. Days of Kazakhstan Cinema” and “Days of Uzbek Cinema”, screening of wonderful films of Russian directors and “ashes of the USSR collection” took place. The work of the jury was at the highest and professional level.
A breakthrough was the picture of a young and talented filmmaker – Kirill Khaletsky “Kinoshniki”.
Director of Belarusfilm Yuri Aleksei, while communicating with the directors, emphasized the desire of young people to develop and do everything for the benefit of the country and the film industry.
On the twenty-third day in the cinema “Tsentralny” there was a screening of the film “Khitrovka.Sign of Four”, which was presented by Alexander Oleshko, who came specially for the sake of the film festival, noting that every time he was glad to return to his beloved Belarus. Warm communication with the audience and stories brightened the end of the competition day.
The press conference in the press house gathered media and journalists from different editions and TV channels. During the communication Irina Driga (representative of the Ministry of Culture on the film industry) emphasized that it is worth developing and continuing to help young people discover their talents, as well as that the film industry is coming back after the pandemic.
The festival is notable for the fact that for the first time the Republic of Belarus and the People’s Republic of China signed agreements on cooperation and filming of a movie. Actor and producer Lei Hanyu was honored by the director of Belarusfilm Yuri Aleksei.
On November twenty-fourth the closing ceremony of the festival took place. All the busy days flew by quickly enough and here in “Doi Kino” the invited people gathered to enjoy the evening and the atmosphere, live music, photo zone, communication and new acquaintances, communication with the media and journalists, beauty around, and most importantly the announcement of the winners, which everyone was looking forward to.
Winners of the main competitions of Listapada:
Grand Prix “Gold of Listapad” for the best film of the film festival was awarded to “Tailor from Brooklyn” (Russia, directed by Evgeny Serov)
The Audience Award for Best Feature Film went to “Kamli” (Pakistan, directed by Sarmad Sultan Khusad).
The prize for the best movie was awarded to “Kamli” (Pakistan, directed by Sarmad Sultan Khusad). The Emperor” (Russia, directed by Alfiya Khabibullina) received the V.T. Turow Award for Best Film
Ada” (Russia, directed by Stanislav Svetlov) won the Audience Award of the “Cinema of the Young” competition.
The prize for the best film of the Animation Film Competition went to In the Shadow of Cypress (Iran, directed by Shirin Sohani and Hossein Molayemi).
The prize for the best non-fiction film was awarded to “God, I Feel Thy Approaching” (Russia, directed by Nikolay Burlyaev, Dmitry Chernetsov).
The Audience Award was given to the movie “By the Experimental Way” (Russia, directed by Vladimir Golovnev).
We congratulate the worthy winners and look forward to an even bigger and cooler thirtieth Listapad Film Festival.