Russian and International Universities Agreed to Cooperate at the 15th Kazan Muslim Film Festival
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Russian and International Universities Agreed to Cooperate at the 15th Kazan Muslim Film Festival

26 April 2019

Today, within the framework of the 15th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, the representatives of international and Russian universities agreed on cooperation. The agreement was taken during the conference on Cinematography and Education held in Manege Hall of the Kazan Kremlin. 

Opening the meeting, the executive director of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival, Milyausha Aituganova, noted that this is the first experience of holding a conference devoted to education in the field of cinematography at the Kazan Film Festival: ‘This year, we decided to invite Russian and international universities to share experience and discuss issues in this field’.

The conference started with the presentation of the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA), which was presented by its director Lyubov Balagova. 

‘We are a Russian-British international film festival. Our statuette, Irida, stands on the bridge. The cultural bridge is practically the concept of our festival’, commented Lyubov Balagova. SIFFA was established in 2016 and is held both in Sochi and the UK, primarily focusing on young filmmakers. 

‘I am experiencing incredible emotions now, since we got the opportunity to tell representatives of prominent international universities about our film festival and sign a cooperation agreement with the Kazan Film Festival’, said Lyubov Balagova. She also said that the festival has its own web-site, where students can submit their works for free. 

Moldoseyit Mambetakunov, the dean of the Faculty of Communications, the Head of the Department of Radio, TV and Films at the Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University told about the peculiarities of training in this field. The University of Anatolia (Turkey) was also presented to the participants by a representative of its Faculty of Film and TV, Guliskan Osgur. 

The project approach in film education based on the experience of the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television was presented by the dean of the Faculty of Cinema Arts, Dr. Pavel Danilov. Olga Klemenova, a Vice-Rector for advanced education of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), shared her experience of holding international festivals for students and other forms of the involvement of international students. In addition, the heads of the departments of the Kazan State Institute of Culture told the festival participants about the work and achievements of the University. 

The meeting concluded by signing a protocol of intent on cooperation between Russian and international universities.