Russia is characterized by a rich culture, with excellence in artistic performances of ballet, theater and in film.
Each year in the city of Sochi, the important festival Kinotavr held. The event began in 1991, during hard times for the motion picture production system. Back then, the aim of the festival was to support the industry in the crisis and help filmmakers in search of financial resources for their accomplishments.
As of 2005 there were major changes in the structure of the festival it was put aside the international agenda and the contest went on to focus exclusively on Russian productions.
The ceremony is held in the Winter Theatre on the Black Sea, which is why the film festival acts alternating with rest on the beach and various cultural events and artistic debates, concerts and meetings of the filmmakers.
Currently, the festival functions primarily as a launching pad and promotion of Russian film productions.
The jury is composed of eminent personalities of the Russian film industry. In the 2014 edition of Kinotavr, the jury was chaired by Andrei Zvyagintsev, recognized worldwide for his film “Leviathan”. Zvyaginstsey was awarded at Cannes for his work as director on that work.
The prestigious jury awards prizes in several categories among which include: Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Debut, Best Screenplay, Best Score, and
Kinotavr prize for short films.
Out of competition films and special exhibitions of the most important productions of the year are also planned.
Kinotavr lasts a whole week and takes place during the month of June. If weather permits, the projections can be viewed for free outside the enclosure through screens located especially for the occasion.