VOICES festival: from July 5th to 8th

After a necessary break the festival had to take in 2017 in order to reformat the project and reevaluate it’s future, VOICES teams up with SEVERSTAL company and Vologda Region Government to open the festival on July 5th.
 
“We didn’t have the chance to hold the festival in Vologda back in 2017, so we used this time to discover new ideas for the future development of the project. We have lots to reveal concerning VOICES’ future, but as of now we are happy to announce, that we are bringing the festival back to Vologda – the place of it’s history and significance” – VOICES art director Korinna Daniélou
 
VOICES’ concept remains the same: the main competition program is comprised of 6 debut and second debut films by young European filmmakers, including one from Russia. Almost all of these films will have their premieres in Russia. According to the tradition, an international jury will be judging the films.
 
This year’s focus is very peculiar – it’s the cinema of the Balkan region. The festival brings together the films from Romania, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of these countries participated in a number of war conflicts and very complicated relationships among themselves, however today they start to unite in the cultural and economic sense.
 
VOICES festival retains the rest of its programs: “Russian independent cinema” offers the new Russian releases, “European express” covers the most noticeable independent European films, both from Cannes and Berlin, and both “Short films” and “Documentaries” are present in the programme as well.
 
One of the spotlights this year is the open-air screening of the silent classics “Aelita” with electronic music soundtrack by Stolen loops project band. Another spotlight would be the demonstration of the digitally restored copy of Sergey Paradzhanov’s «Colour of Pomegranate» in addition to the opening of the exhibition, which will tour to Vologda directly from Paradzhanov’s Museum in Yerevan.
 
This year the festival offers not only film screenings, but also the traditional Picnic, workshops, lectures and concerts.