Q & A

Q: WHERE DOES THE FILM FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR?
A: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year the festival will only be online. Screenings will be held through the online platform, Online Theater, during the festival dates — October 19-25.

Q: HOW AND WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?
A: Tickets for online screenings will be on sell from October 15, 2020, through PayPal system (credit card) – from our website. The Paypal system has its own instructions how to buy tickets. First, you must go to Movies page – and find ‘Pay and Watch’ button for each movie. Select the movie you are interested in and press the ‘Pay and Watch’ button. On the page, you can find two buttons: ‘PayPal’ and ‘Submit’. First, insert a valid email address to the field ‘Email’ and press the Paypal-button to pay for screening according to the instructions. Then you receive a code/password on your email account (If you have not received the code – check your Spam folder). Insert your code into the first field and press the ‘Submit’ button. Watch the movie. Please remember: you cannot stop the screening. All interruptions mean: you must buy a new ticket. You can watch a film also through the page (same procedure): https://festival2020.rusdocfilmfest.org/ (special page of Online Theater).

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 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 — Armenian, French, Hebrew, Kazakh, Ukrainian and Russian.

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. 1 at: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com

Accredited journalists will receive a free password to watch movies.

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. All festival awards will be sent to our laureates via US postal mail.

In the current pandemic we’d like to express our support to all independent filmmakers and their loved ones. We believe that together we can overcome all difficulties. The physical distance that separates us today will make us only stronger and closer to each other spiritually and professionally. Let’s make the 13th festival a symbol of our unity, our indomitable will, and creative joy. Let’s make it intellectually stimulating and enjoyable, despite the unfortunate situation in the world.

Q: MY DOCUMENTARY FILM WAS NOT BEEN ACCEPTED. WHY?
A: All criteria for selection of festival participants can be found in our Rules and Regulations. (see website). RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W is a non-commercial project of The New Review Inc., which is a non-for-profit American organization founded in 1942. For almost 80 years we’ve tried to support independent art and creativity. Our activities are made possible thanks to help from our partners, private funding, as well as grants. Our partners include nonprofit American cultural organizations and our volunteers.

Q: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO START ORGANIZING THE NEXT FESTIVAL?
A: Please check our website in April 2021. If you don’t find the answer to your question then please email us: rusdocfilmfest@gmail.com or contact us on our Facebook page.

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