Catharsis Film and Video Festival

Film production with meaning!

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The tagline of the festival: “Film production with meaning!”

The International Film Festival «Catharsis» will be held from 10 to 19 December at more than 15 venues (cultural centers, film clubs and libraries) in several Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Penza, Vladimir, Novosibirsk, Pskov, Vladivostok and others.

The festival contributes to the strength of morality in the audience. The tasks of the film festivals are also to support of the cinematographers and the popularization of cinematography in the regions.

Every film, videoclip or public service announcement that is chosen will be shown at several venues. The festival accepts films of any genre. There will be separate programs for films on human rights, films for children and screenings, films for up to 120 seconds. We also accept Music Videos, public service announcements, and posters.
The Festival is in place to raise funds for the feature film «The Power of Goodness» and other films by the «Catharsis» film company. Part of the funds will cover organizational expenses and some money will be sent to charitable funds for sick children.

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Best Feature films
Best Short films
Best Documentary films
Best Films about human rights
Best Films for children
Best Adaptations
Best Animation films
Best Music Video
Best Public service announcement
Best Films and videos up to 120 seconds
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best Posters

The winners of the festival will receive trophies, laurels, certificates and valuable prizes from partners and sponsors of the festival.

The winners of the Catharsis Film Festival will receive a gift of video courses by Neil Landau and Mark Travis worth a total of $ 200 from the partner of the Mitta film School.

There will be several awards in each category, as well as additional special awards.

Time for your opportunity!


Andrey Kravchuk

Director, screenwriter

Winner of the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Eagle and Nika awards, as well as many other film festivals and film awards. Oscar Film Award nominee.

Mikhail Bogdasarov

Actor, screenwriter, director

Honored Artist of Russia. More than 300 roles in theater and cinema.
Since 2012, he has also been working as a director and screenwriter.

Ashot Jazoyan

Director of documentary films

Cinematographer from Armenia. He received the Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, the Order of the Silver Cross and the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi.

Gennady Ivanov

Producer, director, lecturer

Director and a lecturer of the Alexander Mitta Film School.
One of the films has more than 18 million views on YouTube.

Nadezhda Sabelnikova

Producer, associate Professor, lecturer

More than 500 television and film works. Winner of awards and film festivals. Candidate of Economic Sciences, member of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio.

Pavel Danilov

Associate Professor, lecturer

Dean of the Faculty of Screen Arts, Deputy Head of the Production Department of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television, Candidate of Economic Sciences.

Dastan Kishkentaev

Animation Director

Cinematographer from Kazakhstan. Works at the Kazakhfilm studio and «DalaAnimation».

Mitya Labush


Belarusian and Russian theater and film actor. More than 50 movie roles.

Elena Bondarenko

Associate Professor, lecturer, film critic

Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. Lecturer of VGIK. She taught screenwriting, the history of domestic and foreign cinema, the basics of film and media education.

Marina Toropygina

Art critic, film critic, lecturer

Candidate of Sciences. Lecturer of VGIK. Holder of an honorary diploma of the publishing house «Encyclopedia» and the publishing house «Infra-M». Member of the MIFF selection committee (2015-2019).

Maxim Kubarko

Director, director of photography, director of editing from Belarus

Founder of the company «Redsoul Media».
Winner of international festivals.