Q & A

Q: WHERE DOES THE FILM FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR?
A: This year the festival will be online. Closing events will take place at SVA MFA, School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Screenings will be held through the online platform, Online Theater, during the festival dates.

Q: HOW AND WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?
A: Each movie will be screened two days during the festival’s program. Please read the synopses and make your selection. By clicking “Pay and Watch” you will be redirected to the screening page of the film on our online cinema website.

There you will see a field for entering an email and a button “PAY NOW by PayPal”

Insert a valid email address in the field ‘Email’ and press the “PAY NOW by PayPal” button to pay for the screening according to the instructions. The PayPal system has its own instructions on how to pay.

Then you will receive a code to the email box that you had entered in the field. (If you do not receive the email with the code, please check your Spam folder).

On the day of the film screening, according to the schedule, insert your code into the upper empty field and press the ‘WATCH the Movie’ button. The movie will start downloading. Press the small arrow button (“play” button) on the left edge of a black movie screen.

Watch the movie. Please remember: you cannot pause the screening; each code is valid for one viewing of the film you chose (mimic a ticket for screening at a physical theater: you cannot stop the screening and come back later – the “door” would be closed). If you would like to watch the movie again you will have to buy a new ticket.

How quickly the film downloads will depend on your internet server. Also, please make sure to enter your code to watch the movie before 1:00 AM Eastern Time.

Q: WHAT IS THE ONLINE THEATER?
A: We work with contemporary documentary filmmakers from across the post-Soviet bloc and the USA. The films presented at the festival share a unique approach in their themes and styles, taking aim at some of the most important social problems of the modern world.

This online modernization of the festival gives participants a chance to show their work, otherwise only known to local national audiences, to viewers across the globe. All devotees of non-fiction cinema and festival viewers will have the opportunity to select the winner of the special VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

The films in the festival program will be shown online on the official website in a closed format (a one-time view accessible solely via registration/ticket purchase with a password provided by the festival website according to the film schedule.) The Online Theater is governed by the same rules as a real-life theater: there will be one film screening per audience member; the film is protected by a one-time use password to 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 adhering to a schedule that will be released in early October. We will use our own online platform for screenings; all films will be secured from illegal downloading. The online program is scheduled according to Eastern Daylight Time. Each film will be screened twice during the festival week (see the Program page for full schedule) – and there will be one screening for one ticket. As soon as a screening starts your password will be terminated. To start another screening you must purchase another ticket. (If an interruption is our fault then we will help you to complete the viewing or compensate the price of your ticket).

Q: IN WHAT LANGUAGE ARE THE FESTIVAL MOVIES SHOWN?
А: All films have English subtitles and are screened in their original language.

Q: HOW CAN I GET A JOURNALIST ACCREDITATION?
A: Press accreditation is issued only to those journalists who cover the work of the Festival before or during the week. To apply for accreditation please contact the Festival’s Organizing Committee no later than Oct. 10 at: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com

Q: DO YOU PLAN TO HOLD OPENING OR CLOSING CEREMONIES IN MANHATTAN?
A: Due to COVID-19 the festival will take place entirely in the Online Theater. The Closing event will take place at SVA MFA, School of Visual Arts, in Manhattan. The Closing event includes a screening of one documentary film form the festival program and the Award Ceremony. Vaccine certification is required for visiting the festival theater. Masks are required during the screenings.

Q: MY DOCUMENTARY FILM HAS NOT BEEN ACCEPTED. WHY?
A: All criteria for the selection of festival participants can be found in our Rules and Regulations. (see website).

Q: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO START ORGANIZING THE NEXT FESTIVAL?
A: Please check our website in April of 2022. If you don’t find the answer to your question, then please email us: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com or contact us on our Facebook page.

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)