Festival “Message to Man” was founded to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in cultural life of the country and allow national documentary filmmakers become more familiar with the world of international cinema. However, with years, the goals of the Festival had broadened and as a result, short fiction and animated films were added to the competition program. Every year the Festival presents over 50 Russian premieres and more than 300 films from around the world are screened in competition and special programs. On average the Festival receives over 3000 films for selection each year. These films become accessible to every participant and guest of the Festival through the Festival’s video-library. The name of the Festival «Message to Man» also became its mission. It refers to the Bible and reflects the essence of the Festival’s purpose: Faith, Hope, Love, Grace, Compassion – eternal human values that we always need in life as well as in films. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.
National Competition of Documentary Films
In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films
International Experimental Films Competition In Silico:
Festival Organizational Committee special prizes and Public Organizations prizes will also be awarded.
International Competition includes:
In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films includes short experimental films (no longer than 15 minutes) in any genre, which are technically suitable for screening in a regular cinema.
National Competition of Documentary Films includes documentary films up to 120 minutes by Russian directors, or co-produced by Russian producers.
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Alexey Medvedev — PROGRAM DIRECTOR
«Послание к Человеку»
Набережная Канала Грибоедова, 27,
191186 Санкт-Петербург, Россия.
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Full-length documentary films (from 40 to 120 minutes).
Documentaries up to 120 minutes in length, directed by Russian filmmakers or/and produced (co-produced) by Russian producers.
International Competition of Experimental Films. Short experimental films (no longer than 15 minutes).
International Competition. Short documentary films (up to 40 minutes).
International Competition. Short and animated films (up to 30 minutes).