Will there be any films?
The festival has two competition programmes - films for teenagers, called, Films to Grow and Fiction.doc which showcases all the most interesting and important things happening in cinema now. And this is without mentioning the non-competition screenings!
The competition programme Films to Grow comprises seven feature length films. There are no eligibility criteria based on country or genre, although Russian and European films will be in the spotlight. Comedy, fantasy, a musical, historical or social drama - films in this programme have to focus on problems of children's lives regardless of whether the story takes place today or in another era. The curator for the children's competition and non-competition programmes is Maria Tereschenko, one of Russia's main experts on animation and films for children.
The Fiction.doc competition programme features 10 films, of which five are documentaries and five are fiction films. Winners are to be selected by a professional jury of three filmmakers. The high artistic value of this programme is guaranteed by Alexey Medvedev, the Programme Director of the KIFF "On the Edge", a programmer and curator for many international film festivals, and Natalia Pylaeva, who specializes on documentary films.
Alexey Medvedev, Programme Director of the KIFF "On the Edge: Go West":
"Today's reality is too complicated: there's the daily life, news, TV, the virtual world made up of social networks and computer games, numerous fakes, and, at the same time, multiple real tragedies and happy events. We do not divide cinema into fiction and documentary films because this line between fantasy and reality is sometimes intangible for filmmakers themselves. Our sole question is whether the author succeeded in reflecting today's super complex vibrant reality."