Saratov Sufferings International Film Festival of Documentary Drama is the only film festival in the world which deals with the genre of documentary drama. Saratov Sufferings was created 15 years ago and takes place every year in September in Saratov (Russia). The city has long cinema traditions. The famous Russian war cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Vladislav Mikosha did his first step in profession here at the Lower-Volga Newsreel Studio. It’s the oldest film studio in the country which has existed since 1927. Now here is the cinema theater and the main host of film festival.
The title of the film festival is taken after the old aged folk music genre of Saratov «suffering», which means the emotional refrain and rhyme. This is the low-budget film festival, we can’t offer screening fee but we can repay your costs by warm and friendly atmosphere and incredible films from all over the globe. Helena Trestikova, Maria Kravchenko, Alexander Nanau, Marina Razbezhkina, Kim Longinotto, Dmitriy Kubasov, David Kinsella, Rodion Ismailov, Laura Herrero Garvin, Uli Gaulke, Till Harms and etc. took part in different years in festival.
Saratov Sufferings are looking for wonderful independent documentary films from all over the world. The theatrical style documentaries are required conditions. The festival doesn’t accept television documentaries and reports.
The special theme of this festival edition is volunteering and civic activism. The festival accepts documentary films of any length and from all over the globe about social changes and people who believe in the possibility to transform society on their own.
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Festival President: Oleg Tabakov
Director: Tatiana Zorina
Kate Rusakovich: +7-917-023-42-82
Lera Ogourtsova: +7-905-387-60-33
Russia 410031, Saratov, Oktyabrskaya st., 43
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International and Russian documentary shorts up to 40 min. Submission is free for Russian filmmakers.
Russian and international documentary films of any lenght about volunteering and civic activism. Submission is free for all filmmakers.
Russian and internatinal feature documentaries over 40 min. Submission is free for Russian filmmakers.