About the festival
About the XIII International Youth Film Festival “Light to the World”
dedicated to Admiral F.F.Ushakov
(August 4-8, 2023, Yaroslavl region)
“I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)
- Purpose: to contribute to the spiritual and moral, patriotic, artistic and aesthetic education of modern youth.
— to create an environment of healthy creative communication of children’s and youth film studios, individual young film enthusiasts and adults who create films for children.
— to provide methodological and practical assistance to specialists working in the field of children’s and youth film-making, as well as education and upbringing of children and youth;
— identify and support gifted children;
— to identify and support young film enthusiasts and film enthusiasts who make films for children, promote traditional spiritual and moral values, patriotism, and a healthy lifestyle.
- The organizers of the contest:
The Festival is co-organized by the Rybinsk Diocese of the Yaroslavl Metropolia of the Russian Orthodox Church, the National Copyright Holders Support Fund, and the Presidential Grants Fund.
The festival is supported by: the Orthodox information agency “Russian Chronicle” (Yaroslavl); MOUDO DUC “Yaroslavich” (Yaroslavl); the Center “Sunny” (Rybinsk); LLC “Producer Center “Kinodvor” (Yaroslavl); gallery of modern Orthodox art and painting “Under the Holy Veil” (G. Uglich).
The festival is held with the support of the administration of the Yaroslavl region and its subjects, state, commercial and public structures, as well as the mass media.
- The organizing Committee of the festival:
— Bishop of Rybinsk and Romanovo-Borisoglebsky Veniamin (Likhomanov Nikolay Ivanovich), Chairman;
— Archpriest Evgeny Glazunov, Deputy Chairman of the organizing Committee, Director of the festival;
— Alla Nikolaevna Kotova, director, teacher, artistic director of the film festival;
— Elena Fedorovna Lobachev-Dvoretskaya, director, member of the jury, member of the organizing committee of the festival;
— Oleg Vladimirovich Svobodin, teacher, head of the category “Light to the world. Children”, member of the organizing committee of the festival;
— Irina Nikolaevna Dyadchenko, religious educator, producer of documentary and feature films, author of the educational project “Shores”, member of the jury, member of the organizing committee of the festival;
— Anastasia Nikolaevna Belyaeva, teacher, curator of the film festival in Uglich;
- Contest participants
Professionals and film enthusiasts are invited to participate by categories:
5.1 Category “Light to the world. Children”: children’s groups and individual authors.
The film can be included in the category only if at least one of the following conditions is met:
— The age of the main director is not older than 17 years (at the time of the creation of the film);
— The age of the main operator is not older than 17 years (at the time of the creation of the film);
— The age of most actors (or presenters for TV programs and documentaries) is not older than 17 years (at the time of the film’s creation);
— The age of the creators of all animated images (drawings, three—dimensional figures and objects, computer images, etc.) is not older than 17 years (at the time of the creation of the film).
5.2 Category “Light to the world”: youth groups and individual authors.
A movie can be included in the category only if at least one of the following conditions is met:
The age of the main director is from 18 to 35 years (at the time of the film’s creation);
The age of the main operator is from 18 to 35 years (at the time of the film’s creation);
The age of most actors (or presenters for TV programs and documentaries) is from 18 to 35 years (at the time of the film’s creation);
The age of the creators of all animated images (drawings, three—dimensional figures and objects, computer images, etc.) is from 18 to 35 years (at the time of the creation of the film).
5.3 Category “Light to the world. Films for children”: collectives and individual authors, without age restriction, making films for children, the main character(s) in which are children who are not included in the category “Light to the World. Children” and “Light to the World”.
- Dates and venue.
6.1 Applications for participation are accepted from October 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023 in the prescribed form on the festival website: http://kinofest-svetmiru.ru/
6.2 Qualifying stage: from February 28 to April 15, 2023.
6.3 The list of finalists is published no later than April 15, 2023 on the festival’s website and in the social media group “In contact”, “Facebook”.
6.4 The final of the festival: August 4-8, 2023. Participants will visit Yaroslavl, Rybinsk, Uglich, Tutaev (Subject to change). Screenings of competitive films will also be held in other cities of the Yaroslavl region.
The program of the final includes viewing of finalist films, discussion of works, excursions. Concerts and creative meetings with famous cultural figures will be held within the framework of the festival.
- Terms of the contest.
7.1 Applications and films must be received by the organizing committee no later than February 28, 2023. Films sent later than the specified date are transferred to the XIII “Light to the World” Film Festival.
7.2 Films and programs created no earlier than 2020 are accepted for participation in the competition program of the festival. The working language of the Festival is Russian. Programs (films) created in a foreign language must NECESSARILY have subtitles in Russian or simultaneous translation.
As an exception, the organizing committee may accept a film with subtitles in English for the competition.
7.3 Movies are accepted via file sharing in AVCHD, AVI, MOV, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format. Movies in HD quality are welcome. The link to the films should be relevant until the end of the festival finale.
7.4 Films from one author are accepted only one at a time in the nomination – one clip, one game, etc., (except in cases when different directors within the same studio present their works in the same nomination), several works can be accepted from one studio if they have different directors.
7.5 Works advertising the activities of totalitarian, occult, satanic and any other destructive sects, psychics, magicians, sorcerers, healers, etc. are not accepted. List of the most famous sects and cults: http://iriney.ru/alfavitnyij-spisok.html#
7.6 The International Youth Film Festival “Light to the World” takes place in two stages: the selection of the best video works (in absentia) and the final. A Selection Committee is created to pass the works to the final part of the competition. The selection committee makes a preliminary selection, as a result of which films of a high technical and artistic level that meet the goals and objectives of the Festival are passed to the final. The films that made it to the finals are evaluated by the Jury of the film festival.
7.7 Authors of films that have made it to the final of the Festival are invited to the final events of the Festival, which will be held on August 4-8, 2023 in the Yaroslavl region (Rybinsk, Uglich, Tutaev, Yaroslavl).
7.8 Films are evaluated according to a 5-point system (from 0 to 5). Films that have received an average rating from 3.5 to 5 points become laureates of the festival and are awarded with diplomas of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees. The rest of the finalists receive incentive diplomas.
Special prizes of the festival: jury members and sponsors can award films they like for acting, directing or cinematography, for an idea, etc.
The best films are determined and awarded according to the version of the children’s and youth jury.
- Criteria for evaluating films.
— compliance of the work with the goals of the Festival;
— the originality of the script;
— relevance of the topic covered in the work;
— originality of the idea (director’s decision);
— artistic level of the decision;
— acting skills;
— sound solution;
— the level of technical implementation of the idea (the quality of the film editing).
- The nominations of the Competition and the timing of the works.
The nomination opens with a sufficient number of applications submitted. In case of a small number of applications, films are shown out of competition.
9.1. Film Contest
— “Light to the World” (films and programs about Orthodoxy);
— Feature films;
— Non-fiction movies;
— TV program (plot);
— Video clip;
— Social video
— Films and programs of local studios and authors (Yaroslavl region) — only in the category “Light to the world. Children”
The timing of the competition works is not limited, but during the selection preference is given to films and programs lasting up to 30 minutes. In case of selection of a film with a duration of more than 30 minutes in the competition program, during the festival the film may not be included in the viewing program if the authors do not provide a short version.
- The Jury
The jury of the competition includes foreign cinematographers:
— director of the highest category Sergey Katyer (Belarus);
— Director of the Popoli e Religioni — Terni Film Festival Katia Malatesta (Italy)
— Director of the Fresco Film Festival Anna Yan (Armenia)
Russian Russian filmmakers and public figures: — Producer, head of the Media Center “Russian Express” Goran Shimpraga (Serbia)
: – Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Oscar winner Alexander Petrov (Yaroslavl);
— President of the St. Vladimir Film Festival Alyona Ivanichenko (Sevastopol);
— TV presenter of the Nostalgia channel Vladimir Glazunov (Moscow);
— director, screenwriter, producer, Sergey Strusovsky (Moscow);
— screenwriter, film critic, TV journalist, film teacher, member of the Union of Journalists of Russia Viktor Minyaev (Moscow);
— screenwriter, writer, editor, teacher of the Moscow Film School Asya Guseva (Moscow);
— documentary film director, director of photography, cameraman of the first public Orthodox TV channel “Spas” Alexander Matrosov (Moscow);
— Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department “The Art of Choreography” of the Institute of Slavic Culture of the Kosygin Russian State University Merab Makharadze (Moscow);
— producer of theater and cinema, founder of the children’s and family film festival “Sunny Island” Anatoly Voropaev (Moscow);
— director, director of the film educational festival of young friends of cinema “Kinoezhik” Inna Voropaeva (Moscow);
– teacher-religious scholar, producer of documentary and feature films, author of the educational project “Shores” Irina Dyadchenko (Moscow);
— teacher, researcher of the gallery “Under the Holy Veil” Anastasia Belyaeva (Uglich);
— Editor-in-chief of the R-40 STS TV channel Tatiana Nechaeva (Rybinsk);
— Bishop of Rybinsk and Romanovo-Borisoglebsky Veniamin, Chairman of the jury;
— Archpriest Evgeny Glazunov, Deputy Chairman of the jury, Director of the film Festival;
— Abbot Raphael (Simakov) rector of the Church of the Archangel Michael, “What’s in the forest” (Uglich);
— Nun Ekaterina Parunyan, editor-in-chief of the website of the Yaroslavl Metropolia (Yaroslavl).
- Financial conditions.
11.1 Participation in the Festival competition is free of charge. Travel of the finale participants to the festival venue and back is at the expense of the festival participants. Accommodation, meals and cultural and excursion program are paid by the organizers of the festival (if there is sufficient funding).
The organizing committee invites one participant from the studio to the final of the festival (except in cases when different directors within the same studio present their works in the same nomination)
The distribution of invitations begins with the participants who have scored the maximum score, if they refuse – after a 5–day period – the place goes to the next (according to the evaluation system) finalist.
11.2. If the finalist refuses to participate in the Festival full-time, he receives an electronic diploma, the prize and the original diploma will not be sent.
11.3 Conditions of arrival at your own expense.
The program of the festival indicates places of food, accommodation, screenings. You can book a hotel yourself, pay for meals and travel between festival cities, or make a registration fee, and join the general team of participants of the film festival. All the details of this participation option can be clarified with the members of the organizing committee in the social networks “In contact”.
“Light to the World”:
Festival website: http://kinofest-svetmiru.ru/
e-mail: [email protected]
VKontakte Festival group: https://vk.com/club187644198
Postal address of the organizing committee of the Festival: 152901, Yaroslavl region, Rybinsk, Krestovaya str., 3/5
Phone numbers: +79038213716 (Archpriest Evgeny Glazunov);
“Light to the world. Children”:
VKontakte Festival group: http://vk.com/svetmiru2013
+79056369312 (Oleg Svobodin).