International film festival for children and youth "HERO"
Krasnoyarsk, May 14-18, 2020
The festival “Hero” is meant to be a platform for pondering and discussing the moral compass for modern youth. The festival organizers believe that it is one of the most important educational topics. Such values as patriotism, tolerance, and traditional virtues are discussed at all the festival events in some or other way. All the festival material is chosen in accordance with multi-genre and multi-cultural approaches. The concept of hero is represented in all spheres, and in all film genres (fiction film, animated film, documentary): a hero that inspires us to perform good deeds, accomplishes small and major feats every second, and helps us to determine life values, priorities and our moral compass.
The idea of searching a modern hero provides food for thought at the discussion panels both for cinema professionals and audience. The development of the film industry for children is the question of present interest for professionals – who is the hero for children and adolescents? A discussion club for children is to be organized after watching a film.
The festival traces its origins back to 2018 when it was held in All-Russian format. The International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Hero” scheduled for 2020 in the Krasnoyarsk region will be the only international film festival for children and youth on the territory from Eastern Siberia to Sakhalin. The appearance of a professional film contest festival for children in Krasnoyarsk is another reminder of how important it is to make films for young viewers. Moreover, the festival supports those rare filmmakers who create and promote this part of cinematography nowadays.
The main aim of the festival is to provide conditions for the development of creative abilities and visual thinking of children, to broaden their horizons through acquaintance with outstanding examples of Russian and world modern and classical cinema, to develop their moral values, aesthetic attitude toward the world around us, and their own taste for art.
The competitive and non-competitive program of the festival will consist of professional works of Russian and foreign film-makers: full-length and short fiction, animated films and documentaries. Workshops, art meetings, lectures for children and adolescents with Russian and foreign guests and speakers, as well as special events which will be focused on early career guidance and media education in the Krasnoyarsk region are planned to be held during the festival week. As part of the business program, round table discussions with reputable representatives of the film industry will be held.
Professional works of acknowledged and amateur film-makers are accepted for the competitive and non-competitive program. There is a special nomination for children and adolescents in the category “mobile film”: “Who is your hero?” that will include short films shot with a cellphone.