About 400 prominent Russian filmmakers and actors are attending the opening ceremony.
Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography Mikhail Shvydkoi and President of the Russian Union of Filmmakers Nikita Mikhalkov greeted participants.
First up on the program is First on Moon, an unusual pseudo-documentary by debutant filmmaker Alexei Fedorchenko. The film doesn't feature famous faces, but it has an interesting plot and a witty idea.
The program also includes Svetlana Proskurina's Remote Access about young people and high technologies penetrating into daily life, Alexei Sidorov's Shadow Boxing, Filipp Yankovsky's The State Councilor (starring Mikhalkov), Valery Rozhnov's The Night Salesman, Ilya Khrazhanovsky's Four, Khusein Erkenov's I Adore You and others. Larisa Sadilova's Looking for a Babysitter will be shown on the last day, which could mean it is up for an award.