1 March 2011

VOICES (Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens) is international full-length feature film Festival which has become the unique place for meeting of young European filmmakers. Every year it presents the creations of both well-known directors and beginners. A lot of guests from all parts of Europe come to Vologda to take part in its program. Every year one of European countries becomes an honored guest of the Festival. In 2010 it was France and this year it will be Italy.

VOICES will hold its second edition in Vologda and Cherepovets from July 5th to 10th. 2011 is announced to be the Year of Italy in Russia. Thus, representatives of the Italian cinematography will be among the honored guests this year. Italian cinema will be celebrated as main focus of the Festival.

The panorama “Roman Holidays” on the one hand will present masterpieces of Italian cinema of different eras and genres and on the other hand will attract attention of Russian audience to the outstanding modern Italian directors.

Same as in 2010, the competition will gather 10 first of second full-length films from across Europe, that will be appraised by an international jury. The winner of the 2010 edition Sergei Loznitsa will be part of the jury.

The Out-of-Competition film selection will bring the latest creations of the famous directors to the Russian audience through the screening both in film theatres and in the centre of Vologda in the local Kremlin.

The guests of the Festival and people of Vologda will have the opportunity to attend different master-classes in which professionals of contemporary cinema (directors, producers, scriptwriters…) will talk about their jobs and share their know-how. Round-tables will gather professionals to discuss some specific themes of the modern cinematograph.

Moreover, in the Kremlin in Vologda free activities will be opened to the public, such as the opening night and closure ceremony, open-air screening, Italian Day and Russian Day.