MIFF: BRICS Film Festival Announces Winners (Pics)

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The Fifth Film Festival of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which was held as part of the MIFF, has ended. The main prize was given to "Poppy Nongen" directed by Christian Olvagen of South Africa.


The International Film Forum "Cinema of the BRICS Countries - Alternatives to Hollywood" was also organized within the framework of the festival.


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The forum was attended by filmmakers from different countries - filmmakers, producers, participants in the competition program of the film festival, researchers of national cinematographies and representatives of embassies and cultural centers of the BRICS countries. Some of them took part in the video conference format.

As Mikhail Shvydkoi, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation, noted when opening the forum, the partnership of the BRICS countries in various fields, especially in the field of cinematography, is extremely important now.
"The fifth forum is a great event. It is always difficult to hold the first, and even more difficult - the second, but when the fifth film festival is held, it means that the forum has a need for a broad and serious discussion of the film industry, "Shvydkoi said. He called on specialists who study cinematography both from a cultural point of view and directly from filmmakers - producers and distributors - to actively solve industrial problems within the BRICS countries.

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The participants of the film forum discussed the development of national cinematographies in the BRICS countries, the peculiarities of the film production system, promotion and cooperation within Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as the issues of film production in the context of a pandemic and ways to overcome the crisis.

In total, 10 films took part in the program of the film festival - two from each country: "In Shreds" (Brazil), "Silence of the Rain" (Brazil), "1956, Central Travancore" (India), "Biryani" (India), "Red Ghost "(Russia)," Back to the steppe to the Sarmatians "(Russia)," Muling, Weiming and Iming "(China)," Saturday romance "(China)," Poppy Nongena "(South Africa)," Salvation "(South Africa).

The jury of the festival included director, cameraman Sergei Mokritsky, second secretary of the Indian Embassy in Moscow Mahima Sikand, Chinese director, actor, playwright Zhang Jingcheng, Charge d'Affaires of the South African Embassy Madivkha Aaron Mudimeli, journalist, scriptwriter, producer and director, head of the international department "TV BRICS Zhanna Tolstikova (representing Brazil).

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The chairman of the jury, Sergei Mokritsky, noted that the program of the film festival this year was very interesting, watching the competition films was "a real pleasure." He also thanked all the jury members for their work and interesting discussion.


For the first time, the BRICS jury decided to present two awards at once for the best female role and refuse to award the award for the male role.
"Female roles were stronger than male roles. We decided that women who do men's work, often do it better than men, should also receive a prize, "said Sergei Mokritsky.

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Speaking about the film, which was awarded the main prize, Mokritsky stressed that Poppy Nonguera is a very timely film, which at the same time speaks of historical processes.

Grand Prize for Best Film - "POPPIE NONGENA", directed by Christian Olvagen, South Africa
Special Jury Prize - "Red Ghost" / "RED GHOST", directed by Andrey Bogatyrev, Russia.
Best Director Award - Lou Ye, SATURDAY FICTION, China
Best Actress Award - Kani Kushruti, film "Biryani" / "BIRIYAANI", India
Best Actress Award - Talita Karauta "THE SILENCE OF THE RAIN", Brazil
At the final of the awards ceremony of the Fifth BRICS Festival, Executive Director of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia Boris Mashtaler, who participated in the 2019 BRICS Film Festival in Niteroi, Brazil, handed the festival flag to the Indian Ambassador in Moscow, Bala Venkatesh Varma, as the next festival goes to India and will be held there for the second time.

The idea of ​​holding a BRICS film festival was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Forum in Ufa in July 2015. The heads of state supported her.

This is how the festival began its procession and was held alternately in the BRICS presidency countries - in Delhi in India in 2016, in Chengdu in China in 2017, in Durban in South Africa in 2018 and in Nitero in Brazil in 2019. In 2020, the festival, having made a circle, returns to Russia.


Images courtesy of the Moscow International Film Festival and used with permission. Art Direction by Janet Walker.

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