The message reads, in part:
“This wonderful forum has traversed a vibrant and eventful road in the recent years and is justifiably believed to be one of the most popular events in the country’s cultural life. It brings together a large number of participants and guests with its interesting competition programme and a warm welcoming atmosphere, to show them the best new Russian films and, of course, to give them unforgettable impressions of the Black Sea coast of Russia.
It is crucial that the famous Kinotavr is committed to its traditions and invariably supports young filmmakers’ projects. I should stress that many debutants of the previous festivals managed to brilliantly realise their talent and became acknowledged masters. They are making significant creative progress today, creating profound insightful films that worthily represent our country at prestigious international festivals.
I am confident that this year’s forum will make a hefty contribution to promoting and popularising the cinema art, and will become a true celebration for all those in attendance.”
Kinotavr is an annual Russian film festival held in Sochi. This year it takes place from June 2 to June 10.