16th Kazan Film Festival will be Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Tatarstan
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16th Kazan Film Festival will be Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Tatarstan

23 April 2020

Kazan hosts the 16th edition of the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival from 4 to 9 September 2020. The main theme of the festival will be the 100th anniversary of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Several programs will be dedicated to this event. One of such programs will feature a selection of archival films created in the Republic of Tatarstan. ‘We are going to screen both early films of the 1920s and 30s with their inimitable style as well as more mature works on significant events, famous figures of art in the Soviet Tatar Republic’, commented Milyausha Aytuganova, the Director of Tatarkino.

Another selection will be dedicated to the films that were shot in Kazan and contain scenes with recognizable landmarks of the city.

Traditionally, the program of the festival will include Kazan Premieres special project that involves the presentation of the films by Tatarstan filmmakers. It is expected that Sumbul feature film based on the novel by Zifa Kadyrova (Tatarstan and Uzbekistan co-production) will premiere within the framework of this project.

It is necessary to highlight that under the auspices of the 100th anniversary of the Tatar ASSR the weeks of modern Tatarstan cinematography has been already being held in different cities of Russia: Baigal by Yagafarov, Mulla by Galiaskarov, Apipa by Rakhimbai and others have already been screened in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Astrakhan, Krasnodar, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Orenburg and other cities. According to Milyausha Aituganova, these screenings will cover 43 regions of Russia in 2020.

Since 2005 Kazan Muslim Film Festival is one of the largest film forums in Russia held annually in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. The festival focuses on Russian and international films promoting the ideas of peacebuilding, intercultural dialogue, and tolerance regardless of their religious affiliations. The concept of the festival is reflected through its official motto ‘Through the dialogue of cultures to the culture of dialogue’

The entries submission for the 16th edition of the festival is closing on June, 1.

The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Council of Muftis of the Russian Federation, the Executive Committee of Kazan, Tatarkino State Budgetary Institution of Culture with the participation of the regional branch of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation and with the partnership of Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group. The festival is held under the support of Rustam Minnikhanov the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.