RUSSIAN FILM DIRECTOR ALEXEI UCHITEL HEADS DEBUT CONTEST JURY AT MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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MOSCOW, June 19 (RIA Novosti) - Famous Russian film director Alexei Uchitel whose films "His Wife's Diary" and "The Stroll" won many awards, heads the Prospects contest jury at the 26th Moscow international film festival.

This debut contest was included in the festival's program for the first time, festival's organizers told a press conference in the Cinema House on Saturday. Slovak, South Korean, Albanian, French, Brazilian, Japanese, Belarussian and other filmmakers will present 11 films of different genres.

The film "Russian" by director Alexander Veledinsky who shot shorts and co-authored popular TV series "Long-distance Drivers" and "The Brigade" presents Russia in this contest.

"Russian" is the first screen version of works by notorious politician and writer Eduard Limonov. "I like Limonov's early works very much and am happy that Veledinsky will shoot a sequel," Alexei Uchitel told a press conference in the Cinema House.

"I highly value not only professional qualities of debutants but their intuition, talent and views of life and the future," Mr. Uchitel said commenting on his main criteria to assess films.

"I am sorry we'll have to choose one out of 11 films. There is only one but substantial prize: $20,000 plus 10,000 meters of film,'' he noted.

The Prospects jury also includes Romanian actress Diana Dumbrava and Polish producer Stefan Laudin.

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