The 2020 edition of "Message to Man" was likely not to happen, but finally, it did.

With all necessary precautions, thousands of viewers could watch the newest films from the competition and out-of-competition programs shown in Saint Petersburg. Unexpectedly, the online mode didn't mitigate the topicality of presentations and discussions. Master-classes by Viktor Kossakovsky, Lauren Greenfield, and Anders Østergaard evoked great interest both offline and online and allowed us to practice new forms of communication especially relevant for the post-pandemic era.

Jury consisting of many iconoclastic filmmakers of today (such as Anders Østergaard from Denmark, Adilkhan Erzhanov from Kazakhstan, Ilya Khrzhanovsky from Russia) made an unexpected and somewhat paradoxical choice, giving out the Golden Centaur to the short animation film "Just a Guy" (Germany) by Shoko Hara and preferring it to many acclaimed full-length works. But this paradox is exactly what our film festival is about.

We wait for you eagerly at the rejuvenated "Message to Man" of 2021.

Фестиваль 2020 года мог не состояться по понятным причинам, но все-таки состоялся.

Со всевозможными предосторожностями медицинского характера тысячи зрителей смогли в Санкт-Петербурге встретиться с новейшими документальными и игровыми фильмами конкурсной и внеконкурсной программы. Дистанционное общение с международным жюри и гостями, вопреки ожиданиям, не снизило градус содержательности. Мастер-классы Виктора Косаковского, Лорен Гринфилд, Андерса Эстергора вызвали огромный интерес как в оффлайн, так и в онлайн форматах, позволили нам отработать новые способы общения в эпоху электронных коммуникаций.

Жюри, в состав которого вошли такие бескомпромиссные кинематографисты, как Андерс Эстергор (Дания), Адильхан Ержанов (Казахстан), Илья Хржановский (Россия), приняло неожиданное, в чем-то парадоксальное решение, присудив гран-при короткометражной анимационной работе "Просто парень" (Германия) режиссера Шоко Хары. Однако, такая парадоксальность идеально отвечает духу нашего фестиваля.

Ждем вас на 31-м, обновленном кинофестивале.

International Competition
• Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3000 for best film*
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best full-length documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short fiction film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short animated film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best debut film**

In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best experimental film

National competition
• Centaur Prize and RUB 30000 for best full-length documentary film
• Centaur Prize and RUB 30000 for best short documentary film
• Centaur Prize and RUB 20000 for best debut film**

*If a film receives the Golden Centaur Grand Prix, the best film nomination in respected category is not awarded (for instance, if an animation receives the Grand Prix, the prize for best animated short film is canceled).
** A debut film is any film produced by a director while a student at a film school, or the first or second film of a director who has not received any special education.

• International Competition includes:
- Full-length documentary films (from 40 to 120 minutes)
- Short documentary films (up to 40 minutes)
- Short and animated films (up to 30 minutes)
All films should have been completed after January 1, 2020. English subtitles are required for all films with dialogue unless English is the original language of the film.

• In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films includes:
- Short experimental films (no longer than 15 minutes) in any genre, which are technically suitable for screening in a regular cinema and were completed after
January 1, 2020. English subtitles are required for all films with dialogue unless English is the original language of the film.

• National Competition of Documentary Films includes:
Documentary films up to 120 minutes by Russian directors or co-produced by Russian producers, completed after January 1, 2020.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Bea de Visser

    Hospitality, its visitors and communication! Thanks, festival team and visitors

    October 2019
  • Coquelicot Mafille

    Beautiful and competent people in the organisation, so great to know brilliant directors and film makers from all over the world.

    October 2016