About the Festival

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AMERICAN-RUSSIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK (RUSDOCFILMFEST)

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The annual international independent American-Russian documentary film festival in New York, RUSDOCFILMFEST, was created by the private American corporation, The New Review Inc., in 2007. The goal of the festival is to present contemporary independent film documentary from all European post-Soviet countries to American viewers; to present contemporary film documentary from multi-ethnic Russian-language Diaspora throughout the world; to create a tie between filmmakers from the US and Europe.

The festival presents carefully selected documentaries with social, historical, and cultural focuses, including programs “Free World” of social documentaries, “Eternal Values” of films focused on the cultural topics, and “Fresh Look”, the program of newest cinema-formats. Our festival is a well-established and popular non-commercial project in New York City with strong cultural and enlighten goals.

The New Review Inc., the pattern company of the festival, is a non-profit corporation with the general cultural purposes under code 501 (c)(3). The contributions to The New Review / RUSDOCFILMFEST are tax-deductible under the Federal law of the United States. The festival is a non-profit interactive platform for promoting open creative and artistic dialogue among professional film communities.

The festival has an international In-Competition Program. The festival accepts submissions of any films that have won awards at international and national film festivals, made in any countries that dwells on themes relevant to the post-Soviet region: its past and present, problems of multi-ethnic Russian-speaking diasporas and topics of modern intercultural dialogue in the aesthetics of various schools of documentary filmmaking.

The festival accepts submissions of films released in the festival’s current year, or two years prior.

All films – participants of the festival – must have English subtitles or been in English language. Laureates of RUSDOCFILMFEST are chosen by a jury composed of prominent cultural figures in the USA.

RUSDOCFILMFEST online: This screening format at the festival was created in 2019. The ONLINE THEATER presents films at the special festival virtual platform. The are shown online in a closed format: a one-time password will be provided with each ticket purchase which will allow one view of the film in the Online Theater (on the festival website) according to the program schedule. This will mimic the real-life theater-going experience but will be conducted online. All films will be secured from illegal downloading. The online program will be organized according to Eastern Daylight Time.

Regular film screenings take place at theaters in Manhattan, NYC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this information will be updated following official New York guidelines.

II. FESTIVAL AWARDS

− Grand Prix is awarded to the best film of the current year. It’s a bronze statue on a wooden base. The statue is modeled on a drawing by the renowned Russian-American sculptor Ernst Neizvestny (1925-2016), and donated by the artist in 2014 as the official Festival logo. The statue was made in 2017 by American sculptor Jeff Bliumis.

− Special Jury Prize. Crystal Diamond Award with the Festival’s logo. Designed by New York designer Alex Soldier. The Alex Soldier Inc. has been the festival’s sponsor since 2009.

− ‘Faces of Russia’. Crystal Diamond Award with contrasted faces image on the crystal. Designed by NY designer Alex Soldier. The Alex Soldier Inc. has been the festival’s sponsor since 2009.

– The Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award is an award in recognition of the special contributions into preserving and developing humanitarian values made by a person, a film project, or a film.

− Viewers’ Choice Award. All devotees of non-fiction cinema and festival viewers will have the opportunity to select the winner.

− Special diplomas and awards from the Jury, Festival organizers, Festival partners and sponsors.

III. SUBMISSIONS TO THE FESTIVAL
Films may be submitted to the Festival from April 15 to June 30 (must arrive by deadline), along with the Application form. The Application form and further details are available on the Festival’s website – www.rusdocfilmfest.org

Decisions on the festival program’s selection are made by the Organizing committee (curated by Marina Adamovitch, member of the Board of directors of The New Review Inc. and by Anna Tcherepnine, creative director of the RUSDOCFILMFEST).

Selection procedure:

The films are selected by the Organizing committee, headed by the Festival curator (Moscow and New York groups). Films may be submitted after April 1st and must arrive to the Festival organizers by June 30th of the current festival year. The Committee will inform the film’s creators about their film being selected by contacting the director, producer or distributor of the film after July 15th of the current year.

If your film is selected, the following additional information will be required by August 1st of the current year:
− Two full-color film pictures and a poster (300 dpi)
− Director’s photo (300 dpi)
— File of the film (HD; with English subtitles)
− Film trailer, for festival advertising purposes (HD; DVD / file mp4, up to 2 minutes)
− A short film annotation in English
− Articles and other relevant media coverage of the film (links and texts in Word format)
After a film has been selected for participation in the Festival, the Festival has the right to:
− Use the film’s teaser to advertise the film and the festival
− Use articles and other media coverage of the film for advertising purposes of the film and the festival
The Festival doesn’t pay copyright owners for the right to show their film at the festival. The festival retains the right to show the winning films one time during the next calendar year and prior to the next Festival (Program “Festival Echo”, according to the agreement with the copyright holder). The festival registration fee will be covered by the Organizer. Participants do not need to pay a registration fee.

IV. FILM COPY DELIVERY
The Festival prefers to receive film files. See all details in the Application form on the festival website in April. Other formats to send the film to the Organizing committee can be discussed.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: If the Organizing committee doesn’t receive the full package of required documents the organizing committee has rights to remove the film from the festival program.

V. INVITATION TO THE FESTIVAL
If requested by a Festival participant the Organizing committee will send out an official visa invitation, in English, so that the participant may apply for a US visa for the duration of the festival. The Organizing committee does NOT provide any other visa support.

The Organizing committee does NOT provide travel grants and does not cover travel and living expenses for participants

VI. ACCREDITATION
Free guest accreditation is provided for Festival’s participants (film crews presenting their films at the festival and persons featured in the films, as well as journalists writing about the festival). Free “Press” accreditation is provided only to those journalists who cover the festival before or during the week of screenings. For press accreditation, please write to the Organizing committee rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com by October 1st.
The festival does not cover travel and living expenses for accredited persons.

Festival’s Organizing Committee address:

The New Review Inc.
Attn.: RUSDOCFILMFEST
1216 Broadway Floor 2
New York NY 10001 USA
Email: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com

Exclusion Zone
Зона отселения
2020  
•  Russia/Ukraine  
•  13 min  
•  Russian, English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Julia Rytik
Producer(s): Artur Miller
Studio: GITR Film & TV School

Sound Engineer: Ivan Apilat

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station blew up in 1985 it seemed that Time came to a halt. Indeed, it did for those residents in areas that were contaminated with radioactive fallout from the disaster. In this film, for the first time, the public hears things that these residents previously wouldn’t dare to speak aloud. This is a genre called "post-apocalyptic documentary”.

Julia Rytik worked at the Gorky film studio. Since 2019, she has been working at Mir Media as an assistant director and editing director.

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)