Vologda is going to take a notable place in the cinematographic world with its Festival VOICES (Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens). Every year the International Festival of Young European Cinema VOICES takes place in Vologda.
For the first time in Vologda and probably for the first time in Russia (outside Moscow and St. Petersburg), the film festival gathers European cinema lovers and takes an investigative look at young directors and their latest creations.
The festival combines both competition and directors' workshops. This event aims to take a look at the current European cinema, and provides a unique opportunity to discover new talents. The competition includes a selection of first and second full-length fictions by European directors. The festival also features master-classes, round-table discussions and the production of short-length films on-site by European film professionals on a predefined subject. Everybody can attend these round-table discussions.
The festival highlight is a cinematographic practice in style based on the production of short-length films by young directors on a predefined subject.
Skilled cinematographers meet young ones, and the audience and guests of the festival meet the European cinema. Many European professionals attend the festival as an opportunity to meet their Russian counterparts.
The jury members include distinguished European cinematographers who determine the winner among the films from the competition program.
The VOICES Festival is considered to be a springboard to a successful start for young film directors. At the same time it gives an opportunity to residents of Vologda to take part in the festival activities and to discover European cinema by attending daily screenings of the competition (consisting of European first and second full-length movies) and the out-of-competition programs.
Citizens of Vologda and guests of the festival have a chance to see the films that are presented by their film directors, actors and producers, and furthermore they can attend different activities such as open-air screenings, exhibitions, and free concerts.
The organizers of the VOICES Festival want people from all over Europe to gather here to watch films and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Vologda.