Dear filmmakers,

Please see below for updated information regarding our annual independent documentary film festival in New York, RusDocFilmFest-3W.

In 2019, the festival will take place in October (exact dates will be released later.) This year the organizers of the festival will additionally include a new format for viewing the films in the program: DOCFILM-ONLINE.

What is DOCFILM-online? In the past few years there has been an interest in the festival program for international audiences. We’ve received feedback regarding our festival from across Eastern Europe, the US, and several countries in South America.

We are working with filmmakers across all of Eastern Europe. The films shown in the festival program are unique in their topics and styles, in the geographical locations they cover, and the issues they address, and are highly professionally done; however, their viewing is limited. By utilizing current technology, the modernization of the festival format allows us to help cinematographers reach a broad audience.
DOCFILM-ONLINE is a pilot project launched in 2019. The films from the festival program (both competition and noncompetition) will be shown online on the festival website in a closed format (a one-time view accessible only via registration/ticket purchase with a password provided via the festival website according to the film schedule.)

The virtual film theatre is governed by the same rules as the real-life theatre: there will be one screening of the film per audience member; the film is protected by a one-time use password that will be given to an individual ticket-holder.

We will utilize the most up-to-date platform to ensure that each viewer has an optimal experience. The films will be shown online during the week, adhering to a schedule (the film schedule will be released in September). The film-laureates, selected by the jury, will be shown at the Closing Ceremony at the end of the week in Manhattan, New York.

Manhattan. For residents of New York the festival program of new laureates of the RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W will be screened at the theatres in Manhattan. The program will include films winning an award in 2019 (Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Faces of Russia), as well as the winner of the audience prize, The Views’ Choice Award, and special diplomas.

The film screenings and the Closing Ceremony will be shown in the DCTV and SVA theatres (the locations with which we have collaborated in the past). The program in the theatres, as always, will include separate interactive presentations with the film-teams or participants of the films (a discussion in a Q&A format).

Download Application form for participation in the festival as a filmmaker.

Organizing Committee of the 12th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W, 2019, New York