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    Murmansk Film Festival: Influential Forum in Barents Region and Beyond

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    Film directors, producers and media representatives from Norway, Sweden, Finland and various regions of Russia as well, have arrived to attend the largest film forum in the Barents Region. The list of events for the festival’s program includes public screenings, presentations, workshops and a media forum.

    The Northern Character film festival, which has recently opened in Murmansk for the tenth time, has become an influential film forum in the Barents Region and one of the most outstanding events in the cultural life of Northern Europe over recent years, said the Murmansk Region governor Marina Kovtun during the opening ceremony.

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    The films will be competing in seven different categories, such as Documentary, Short Fiction Film, Youth Program, Culture Program, Feature Story and others. For the first time ever, the Northern Character festival’s jury will include only female film directors from Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

    “All the films and programs included in the festival’s program prove one thing: the global North is in many ways just the same,” Marina Kovtun said. “We, northerners from different countries and regions, have the same concerns, the same view of the world, the same ideas of what is beautiful as well as what is right.”

    She also conveyed the words of greetings from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The minister expressed his confidence that the festival will become a true celebration for those into documentary films and television journalism, and that it will help to discover new talents and strengthen the atmosphere of friendship, trust and good-neighborliness in the Arctic macro-region.

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    A total of 118 works were submitted to the festival, with 53 of them entering the contest program. Not only Northern countries’ journalists and film directors were willing to take part in the festival: this year the list of countries that applied to take part includes Iraq, Iran, Uzbekistan, India, Italy, the UK, Germany, Nigeria and Georgia.

    The names of the winners of the festival’s Grand Prix and other prizes as well will be announced on Saturday.


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