In May, Sevastopol will be hosting the documentary film festival "Common Victory."

В Севастополе в мае пройдет фестиваль документальных фильмов «Победили вместе»

The festival will feature a pitching session for international motion picture and TV show projects for which applications were submitted from Greece, Israel, China, Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine.

The 16th international documentary film and TV programs festival "Common Victory" will be taking place on May 11th through May 20th, according to people's artist of Russia and president of the festival Vladimir Menshov. He made the announcement at a press conference, adding, however, that the coronavirus pandemic may yet have an impact on the plans for the festival.

"Today the festival is turning into Russia's largest international event of this kind and winning a prize at it is already regarded as a great honor. We normally get a large delegation from China, but we've yet to see what's going to happen this year, but we're sure they will take an active part unless they're quarantined. I think the coronavirus may present an obstacle, but we still plan to hold the festival on May 11th through May 20th," he said as he announced his live performance and Q&A during the festival.

This year the topic of the festival is the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War. The festival includes four international contests: TV programs, documentary films, film schools, and short films with a social message and social awareness promotional videos. The festival will also feature a non-competition program for feature films and a national contest for documentaries.

May 15th through May 18th Sevastopol will be hosting a pitching session for international motion picture and TV projects. "This year we've already received applications from Greece, Israel and China, we're also going to see delegations from Poland, Armenia and Azerbaijan, one project was entered from Ukraine. We've divided the pitching session into two separate segments, one for international projects and one for projects supported by the youth center of the Union of Cinematographers. For us, it's important to be able to support older cinematographers seeing how a great deal is already being done to support young talent," noted the Chair of the pitching excerpt council Yekaterina Golovnya.

Projects submitted for the pitching session must be devoted to the topic of the festival, and this year the session features five nominations with the idea that the winner in each one will get some kind of support, including funding.

About the festival

The festival was set up at the initiative of a group of Heroes of the Soviet Union to commemorate the common sacrifice of the allies in the Second World War, and it is held in the hero city of Sevastopol on an annual basis. The festival will be followed by an international public forum titled Common Victory for Peace and Prosperity featuring discussions about ways to preserve the memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War.

The festival is being organized by the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio, the Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia, and the government of Sevastopol. The project is using a grant from the president of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society, which was provided by the Foundation for Presidential Grants. Support is also being provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, and other partners.

Source: TASS