In 2010, we’ve started it. Combining the audacity and ideas of young creators with the experience and will of a Russian region of Vologda’s government, we’ve created and executed the concept of a festival that would unite European filmmakers with the Russian North’s atmosphere, nature and beauty. Thus VOICES, the unique platform for exchange and creation was introduced.

In 2011, we’ve repeated the success, inviting young talents to join the recognized masters like Paolo Taviani or Claudia Cardinale in the quest for the cinematographic excellence. The next German edition of the festival in 2012 had remembered by beautiful Muse Katja Riemann and international Jury with a famous russian director Alexander Proshkin at the head. In 2013, the number of international cinema masters in Vologda rose even more: Bella Tarr, Pablo Berger, Yos Stelling, Stefan Laudyn… The 2014 was a year of a British adventure with our beautiful guests from the UK - Justin Waddell, Anthony Wilcox, David Kelly and many others. The Grand Prix and Best Film award went to Uberto Pasolini’s drama “Still Life”.

In 2015, for a wide variety of reasons, the 6th edition of VOICES was suspended - but thanks to our team persistence, the support of the regional government, the city administration, our private partners and mainly - the Vologda public - this year the festival will be maintained. This time VOICES will be smaller but it will stay true to its values: freedom of expression, cultural dialog, tolerance and curiosity.