Moscow International Film Festival

Moscow International Film Festival is the film festival first held in Moscow in 1935 and became regular since 1959

The Rossiya Cinema Theatre has always hosted the Moscow International Film Festival.
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From its inception to 1959 it was held every second year in July, alternating with the Karlovy Vary festival. The festival has been held annually since 1995.

Pushkinskaya Square, famous Pushkin Monument and Rossiya Cinema Theatre in 1984.
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The festival's top prize is the statue of Saint George slaying the dragon, as represented on the Coat of Arms of Moscow.

USSR stampː Film, Camera and Medal. Seriesː 6th Moscow International Film Festival, 1969
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Nikita Mikhalkov has been the festival's president since 2000.

The Rossiya Cinema Theatre has always hosted the Moscow International Film Festival.
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Over the years the Stanislavsky Award—"I Believe. Konstantin Stanislavsky" for acting achievements was awarded to Jack Nicholson, Jeanne Moreau, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Fanny Ardant, Daniel Olbrychski, Gérard Depardieu, Oleg Yankovsky, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Helen Mirren.

In 2012 this prize was awarded to French actress Catherine Deneuve. In 2012 the jury was headed by the Brazilian director Hector Babenco.

Among the members of the Jury were prominent filmmakers from different countries: the famous French director and actor Jean-Marc Barr; the Bulgarian director Javor Gardev; Adriana Chiesa di Palma, a producer from Italy; Sergei Loban from Russia.

The «Perspectives» Jury was chaired by the filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina (Russia). The program director of the Festival is Kirill Razlogov.

Winners

Grand Prix (1959–1967)

  • 1959 – Destiny of a Man (USSR, dir. Sergei Bondarchuk)
  • 1961 – The Naked Island (Japan, dir. Kaneto Shindō) and Clear Skies (USSR, dir. Grigori Chukhrai)
  • 1963 – 8½ (Italy-France, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • 1965 – War and Peace (USSR, dir. Sergei Bondarchuk) and Twenty Hours (Hungary, dir. Zoltán Fábri)
  • 1967 – The Journalist (USSR, dir. Sergei Gerasimov) and Father (Hungary, dir. István Szabó)

Golden Prize (1969–1987)

  • 1969 – Lucía (Cuba, dir. Humberto Solás). Serafino (Italy-France, dir. Pietro Germi) We'll Live Till Monday (USSR, dir. Stanislav Rostotsky)
  • 1971 – Confessions of a Police Captain (Italy, dir. Damiano Damiani). Live Today, Die Tomorrow! (Japan, dir. Kaneto Shindō) The White Bird Marked with Black (USSR, dir. Yuri Ilyenko)
  • 1973 – That Sweet Word: Liberty! (USSR, dir. Vytautas Žalakevičius). Affection (Bulgaria, dir. Ludmil Staikov)
  • 1975 – The Promised Land (Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda). Dersu Uzala (USSR-Japan, dir. Akira Kurosawa) We All Loved Each Other So Much (Italy, dir. Ettore Scola)
  • 1977 – The Fifth Seal (Hungary, dir. Zoltán Fábri).El puente (Spain, dir. Juan Antonio Bardem) Mimino (USSR, dir. Georgi Daneliya)
  • 1979 – Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italy-France, dir. Francesco Rosi). Siete días de enero (Spain-France, dir. Juan Antonio Bardem) Camera Buff (Poland, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
  • 1981 – O Homem que Virou Suco (Brazil, dir. João Batista de Andrade). The Abandoned Field: Free Fire Zone (Vietnam, dir. Nguyen Hong Shen) Teheran 43 (USSR-France-Switzerland, dir. Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov)
  • 1983 – Amok (Morocco-Guinea-Senegal, dir. Souheil Ben-Barka). Alsino and the Condor (Nicaragua-Cuba-Mexico-Costa Rica, dir. Miguel Littín) Vassa (USSR, dir. Gleb Panfilov)
  • 1985 – Come and See (USSR, dir. Elem Klimov). A Soldier's Story (USA, dir. Norman Jewison) The Descent of the Nine (Greece, dir. Christos Shopakhas)
  • 1987 – Intervista (Italy, dir. Federico Fellini)

Golden St. George (1989–2003)

  • 1989 – The Icicle Thief (Italy, dir. Maurizio Nichetti)
  • 1991 – Spotted Dog Running at the Edge of the Sea (USSR-Germany, dir. Karen Gevorkian)
  • 1993 – Me Ivan, You Abraham (France-Belarus, dir. Yolande Zauberman)
  • 1995 – not awarded
  • 1997 – Marvin's Room (USA, dir. Jerry Zaks)
  • 1999 – Will to Live (Japan, dir. Kaneto Shindō)
  • 2000 – Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (Poland-France, dir. Krzysztof Zanussi)
  • 2001 – The Believer (USA, dir. Henry Bean)
  • 2002 – Resurrection (Italy-France, dir. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
  • 2003 – The End of a Mystery (Italy / Spain, dir. Miguel Hermoso)

Golden St. George (2004–present)

  • 2004 – Our Own (dir. Dmitry Meskhiev, Russia)
  • 2005 – Dreaming of Space (dir. Alexei Uchitel, Russia)
  • 2006 – About Sara (dir. Othman Karim, Sweden)
  • 2007 – Travelling with Pets (dir. Vera Storozheva, Russia)
  • 2008 – As Simple as That (dir. Reza Mirkarimi, Iran)
  • 2009 – Pete on the Way to Heaven (dir. Nikolay Dostal, Russia)
  • 2010 – Hermano (dir. Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela)
  • 2011 – Las olas (dir. Alberto Morais, Spain)
  • 2012 – Junkhearts (dir. Tinge Krishnan, UK)
  • 2013 – Particle (dir. Erdem Tepegöz, Turkey)
  • 2014 – My Man (dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Japan)
  • 2015 — Losers (dir. Ivaylo Hristov, Bulgaria)

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Moscow International Film Festival
Russian: Моско́вский междунаро́дный кинофестива́ль, translit. Moskóvskiy myezhdoonaródniy kinofyestivá
abbreviated as MIFF

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