Triumph of Eurasian Cinema in London

From 13th to 19th August 2020, Romford hosted the second ECG Eurasian Film Festival - one of the few film festivals in the world that promotes Eurasian cinema in the English-speaking world. The ECG Film Festival is held annually in conjunction with the established Romford Film Festival.

This year, both Festivals made the decision not to go online but instead, go ahead in a traditional live format, showing films on the big screen to a cinema audience. making them the first ‘physical’ UK film festivals since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two festivals screened over 200 films in categories such as documentaries, feature films, short films, animated films, new trend book trailer, music video and screenplay.

Film Directors from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, Israel, USA, Qatar, Sweden, Germany, Iran, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Canada and Finland submitted their works to the "ECG film festival"

On 19th August, 2020, the winners of the festival were announced at the awards ceremony at Premiere Cinemas London. The jury included established directors, and film professionals, Gulfiya Sharipova (Russia), Maria Musorlieva (Bulgaria), Alla Damsker (Russia), Spencer Hawken (UK) and Monty Cox (USA).

The award winners were as follows:

Grand Prix (Best Feature Film): “Materia” - director Natalya Naftalieva (Russia)

Best Short Feature Film: Józefa's Letters - Extraction from Oblivion - directed by Michael Daniel Sagatis (UK)

Best documentary film: “Bovsuny Grannies” - director Suchkova - Ladik Tatyana (Ukraine)

Best screenplay: "House of Silkworms" - Zaure Turekhanova (Kazakhstan)

Best music video: the Nevrida band “Tugan Yak” (Belarus).

Acknowledgment certificate for an animated film: "Time Acceleration Method" - directed by Emil Guzairov (Kyrgyzstan - Russia)

Acknowledgment Certificates for a Book trailer: 1. “The Daughter of a Kurd” - director Elena Aslanyan (Armenia) 2. Projective Graphics (by Elena Bezrukova) - directed by Pavel Pogadaev (Kazakhstan)

All guests of the festival were given rating cards, which enabled guests to vote for their favourite movies. As a result, the following films received a people’s choice diplomas

People's Choice Award:

  • Documentary - "Round Horizon" - directed by Irina Egorova (Russia)
  • Short film - “The Box” - directed by Zhezilda Lima (Russia-Brazil)
  • Music video - “Ufa” directed by Marat Fayzullin (Russia).

There were also discussions on current trends in modern cinema and a daily online diary of the festival in social media created by Timur Akhmedjanov. A great moment for the audience was the showing of an ‘out-of-competition’ film that has received recognition at many international festivals - ‘One War’ by director Vera Glagoleva (Russia).

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In addition to the film programme there was a presentation of a special issue of ‘OCA People’ magazine and an art exhibition by ECG artists: Olesya Shibaeva (Moldova), Larisa Pak (Kyrgyzstan), Marua Baitursynova, Lidia Drozdova, Ravil Abdulov, Rauan Suleimenov, Elena Bezrukova-Musienko, Marlan Nysanbaev, Alexander Dolinsky, Kuralai Amanzholova (Kazakhstan), Igor Gushchin (Russia) and a series of reproductions from the Savitsky Museum in Nukus (Uzbekistan).

Organisers announced on the closure of this, the second annual festival, applications for participation in the third ECG Eurasian Film Festival had already been announced. You can submit work on the platform: Filmfreeway.

Information:

Eurasian Creative Guild (London) is a non-profit organization that has been promoting and uniting creative people from all spheres and forms of art since 2015. The guild has brought together thousands of cultural figures from all over the world and was created as a community of writers, musicians, dancers, illustrators, designers, sculptors, poets, as well as anyone who considers themselves as a Creative.

The Romford Film Festival has run annually for four years. It shows a selection of independent, international films over a minimum of four days. Its founders are British filmmaker Spencer Hawken, and cultural organiser Natalie Bays. Last year the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) joined them under the leadership of John Farndon and Marat Akhmedjanov.

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