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The special language of the national cinema of the BRICS countries will be discussed by participants in the business program of the “Spirit of Fire” festival

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Discussions will focus on issues of co-production, content promotion, film education and cultural exchange.

At the XXII International Film Debut Festival “Spirit of Fire” which will take place onMarch 23 –  26 in Khanty-Mansiysk, special attention will be paid not only to the cultural and competitive program, but also to the business program. Its main theme for this year is “The special language of the national cinema of the BRICS countries.” Representatives of the film industry from Russia, India, the UAE, Egypt, Iran, South Africa and other countries will discuss the prospects for joint film production, cultural and educational exchange programs, and the development of distribution of the national film.

The business program will open with the plenary “Connecting Bridges. Intercultural dialogue and new BRICS partnerships”, where experts will talk about the historical ties of the BRICS countries in the field of culture and art, strengthening multilateral partnerships and preserving cultural heritage.

The discussion “Education as an investment in the future of the film industry” will be devoted to the training of a qualified staff – directors, screenwriters, cameramen and producers. Particular attention will be paid to the educational programs and the creation of the film schools in the regions.

At the session “Filmed in Russia. Regions as the centers of film production” will discuss how the creation of the film commissions contributed to improving the cinematic climate in the regions, and what other support mechanisms may be useful for the development of the industry.

During the “Network session for filmmakers from the BRICS countries” directors and producers will present their projects at the development or production stage to the expert community in order to receive recommendations for development and attraction of co-producers and promotion in the international film markets.

One of the key events will be the film dialogue “Russia – Iran”. Participants will discuss ‎ what place Iranian cinema occupies in the world cinema, how the country promotes its cultural code and what prospects for development of cinematography will be provided by cooperation between Russia and Iran.

The final event of the business program will be the discussion “BRICS Film Festivals as Tools for Bringing National Films to International Markets.” Experts will consider the possibilities of festivals as a tool for popularizing auteur cinema and developing audience culture, and will also discuss cooperation between film festivals of the BRICS countries.

The communications partner of the “Spirit of Fire” International Film Festival is the Roscongress Foundation.