55 films from 18 countries of the world will take part in the competition of the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival

This amazing space: 55 films will be shown in the competition programs of the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival!

Films selection for the competition program of the Tsiolkovsky ISFF completed on February 15, 2023. The audience of the film festival will meet space in all its diversity in 55 films of the competition programmes - feature, documentary, animated and full-dome films.

Applications for participation were received through both International Festival Platforms and directly to the post office of the organizing committee of the Tsiolkovsky ISFF. Moreover, the organizers were greatly assisted by employees of the foreign representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo, namely, Russian Houses in Beijing, Mumbai and Cairo. Thanks to them, the international makeup of the contest participants was expanded. The programme of full-dome films was compiled with the assistance of The Russian Planetariums Association (RPA). Following the results of the selection process, cinematographers from 18 countries from all over the world will present their vision of space.

"Even in difficult moments of history, space and cinema remain attractive to people from different countries, serve to unite interests, not the other way around. This is evidenced by more than 1,600 films from 109 countries that were submitted to the selection committee through international festival platforms. I am proud to share that our film festival team has selected really interesting and diverse space films from both sunny and rainy corners of our planet. The programme is to be exciting, we will traditionally combine short films and animated films into sessions for different ages and for viewers with different interests," said Igor Ugolnikov (film director, screenwriter, producer, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation), president and initiator of the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival.

This year, films in the festival are distinguished by a special palette of genres and statuses. For instance, Sergei Anfinogentov's film "Gone into the Stellar Depth" has already received a Special jury Prize and a Prize for the best animation work at the "Koroche" Film Festival. And at the same time, viewers will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the newly released films "Space: Made in Italy" directed by Marco Spagnoli and the full-dome films "Space History of Russia" made The Russian Planetariums Association and "Guiding Stars" of the Moscow Planetarium.

In addition to competitive screenings, the festival programme includes documentaries from TV Roskosmos, retrospective screenings, including an archive programme from "The First Space Decade" Soviet newsreels and the "Flight to the Moon" cartoon, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary; as well as lectures, master classes and creative meetings with cosmonauts, cinematographers, scientists, representatives of the space industry, special screenings, presentations of the festival partners.

The Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival is held annually in Kaluga and the cities of the Kaluga Region.

The slogan of the Tsiolkovsky ISFF: "The impossible today will become possible tomorrow" - K.E. Tsiolkovsky, a self-taught scientist who became the founder of modern cosmonautics.

The Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the Government and the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, Rossotrudnichestvo, The K.E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, The Russian Planetariums Association and other public and commercial organizations. The main media partner of the festival is TASS.