On April 12 - 17, 2021 the annual Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival will be held in Kaluga, where the memory of the founder of theoretical cosmonautics K. E. Tsiolkovsky has been treasured for generations.
The purpose of the festival is not only to open new "space" films, but also to popularize all areas of science and art, one way or another related to space, to strengthen the traditions of international dialogue between scientists and filmmakers, to preserve historical memory, a sense of pride in great space achievements.
The main venue for the festival events - competitive, out-of-competition and retrospective shows, round tables, lectures, master classes and creative meetings with representatives of the cinematographic and space community - will be the K. E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics and the Kaluga Innovative Cultural Center.
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to transfer the first season of the film festival in 2020 to online format - competitive screenings of documentaries and announcements of the festival winners were exclusively held in the online service of the more.tv platform. The second overriding season of the festival will take place in 2021 - the year when the whole world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight, which opened the era of manned space exploration. We would like it to be a real large-scale “space” holiday for all guests and residents of the city, dedicated to space and cinema ”- emphasized the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, President of the Tsiolkovsky ISFF Igor Ugolnikov.
About 800 films from more than 80 countries of the world applied for participation in the competition. The festival program will be published after the completion of work of the selection committee, March 1, 2021.
The International Space Film Festival Tsiolkovsky is held annually in the city of Kaluga. Films and programs about space and its relationship with science, art and culture take part in the competition, out-of-competition and retrospective screenings of the festival.
Igor Ugolnikov, producer, screenwriter, film director, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, General Director of the VoenFilm Studio, became the President of the Tsiolkovsky ICFF.
The initiative to hold the annual Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival was supported by the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, the Government and the Governor of the Kaluga Region, the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, the K. E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, the Kaluga Innovative Cultural Center, the Association of Planetariums of Russia, GAU Kaluga region "Agency for Tourism Development", TV and Radio Company "NIKA" and other public and commercial institutions.
The official logo of the festival was developed on the basis of a drawing by K. E. Tsiolkovsky from the "Album of Space Travel", created by him for the first Soviet science fiction film "Space Flight".
Not only international film professionals are invited to join the Festival Jury, but also astronauts and scientists from the space industry.
In addition to competitive screenings, the festival program includes retrospectives of the best domestic and foreign "space" films, a special full-dome cinema program for the planetarium, creative meetings and round tables with the involvement of famous filmmakers, representatives of the scientific community, science writers, cosmonauts and Roscosmos staff members.
Festival has a press center, master classes by Russian and foreign filmmakers, creative meetings with representatives of the cinematographic and scientific community, exhibitions and other cultural events aimed at supporting cinema, its masters and debutants.