On October 8th, 2014 at 7 pm an award ceremony for the winners of the summer competition organized by the P.O.V. Film Fund will be held. The ceremony will take place in the conference hall of the Exchange building at the tip of Vasilievsky Island.
The winners of the P.O.V. Film Fund’s summer competition were determined at the end of August. The Fund’s Expert Group chose the following two projects from the list of applications for the grant:
• The project No one Nowhere will be presented at the ceremony by its Russian producer Anastasia Pavlovich, its French co-producer Juliette Lepoutre and its director Andrey Redkin
• The project The Thirtieth Love will be presented by its producer Julia Mishkinene, its director Angelina Nikonova and actress Olga Dykhovichnaya
The following experts of the P.O.V. Fund will also take part in the ceremony: Sergey Selyanov, Artem Vasiliev, Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Riina Sildos.
According to the decision of the P.O.V. Film Fund’s Expert Group, ˆ15,000 will be awarded for the development of the Russian-French co-production No one Nowhere, produced by Anastasia Pavlovich. The film will tell about the two separate worlds that co-exist in the tundra: those of nomadic reindeer herdsmen and exploratory geologist drillers. The plot is based on a real story that happened recently at one of the drill sites. The herdsmen and the drillers have completely different perspectives on these events, which even became the basis of an indigenous people’s traditional song, ‘Khynabts’.
The French side of the project is represented by the MPM Film production company, co-founded by Marie-Pierre Macia, the head of the Co-Production Forum at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The film will be directed by Andrey Redkin.
Another grant of ˆ15,000 will go to producer Julia Mishkinene’s project The Thirtieth Love. The film is based on Vladimir Sorokin’s novel Marina’s Thirtieth Love. Moscow, 1983. Marina is a beautiful dissident 30-year-old music teacher in the Culture Center of a large factory. Her house is full of forbidden literature, her head is full of forbidden thoughts, and her body is full of forbidden energy. She has 29 affairs under her belt, but not one love. Everything changes after a night spent with the secretary of the factory’s Party organization, Sergey Rumiantsev. Now there is no place in Marina’s life for doubts and moral disintegration.
The film will be directed by Angelina Nikonova and the main role will be played by Olga Dykhovichnaya. This will be Nikonova’s and Dykhovichnaya’s third time working together after Welcome Home (2013) and the much talked-about Twilight Portrait (2011), which received many awards at Russian and international film festivals including the Best Cinematography award at the Kinotavr film festival as well as prizes at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Besides that, the fund will support one of the projects from a Russian producer participating in the B’EST educational program (www.eave.org). The project taking part in the B’EST program that is to receive the Fund's grant will be announced during the Baltic Event 2014 in Tallinn at the end of November.
Financial support from the P.O.V. Film Fund will also be given to projects that will be selected during the winter competition. This starts in December 2014 and the winners will be announced in February 2015. Russian co-producers can apply for this grant. The fund accepts applications both from projects geared towards mass audiences and towards festival participation.