5th Tsiolkovsky ISFF at ROSCOSMOS stage at VDNH

On the 27th of February, a presentation of the 5th Tsiolkovsky ISFF took place as a part of the RUSSIA EXPO at VDNH. The audience gathered at the ROSCOSMOS stage inside the 'Cosmos' pavilion to get first-hand information about what to expect from the festival (lasting from April 12th till April 16th). The event was broadcasted by the Russian Society 'Znanie'.

5th Tsiolkovsky ISFF is devoted to Yuri Gagarin's 90th anniversary and to Soviet and Russian cosmonauts. People's Artist of Russia Igor Ugolnikov greeted the guests and spoke about festival's main prizes:

Grand Prix Tsiolkovsky - best film award;
Grand Prix Korolev - best director award;
Grand Prix Klushantsev - best CG;
Grand Prix Gagarin - best Russian space film; will be awarded for the first time at the 2024 festival.

Director of the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, Natalia Abakumova, presented the museum as the main venue and invited the guests to visit space-themed exhibitions that will take place during the festival. The expositions will showcase various props from films about space (including Soviet ones) and unique pictures of Yuri Gagarin and his family taken from TASS' archives. Last but not least, the guest will be able to participate in a theatrical promenade and plunge themselves into dreams of space.

Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev suggested that the guests should visit the Museum and get inspiration for new achievements. Space and films are inseparable, he noted. Even cosmonauts have to learn taking pictures and shooting videos, and they even have to take an exam on it. In his turn, cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev spoke about how films about space had influenced his choice of profession. "I hope that the festival will light a spark in the hearts of our young audience members, so they can become new heroes and space explorers in the future", Sergey stressed.

Irina Soshnikova, program supervizor of the Tsiolkovsky ISFF, pointed the guests' attention to the number of the countries that participate in the festival - which is, this year, about 30. The number of films to be showcased at the festival is close to 100. Among them are short and full-length fiction films, documentaries, full-dome films, animation, and retrospective films.

Another great news is that archives continue to collaborate with Tsiolkovsky ISFF. Marina Malyutina , director of the Russian state archive for scientific-technical documentation (RGANTD), mentioned that RGANTD is preparing a special program in collaboration with the Russian State Film and Photo Archive (RGAFKD). The audience will be able to see unique shots from "First Flight to the Stars" that did not make it into the final cut, and documentary materials from the 'Apollo-Soyuz' flight preparations.

Among the speakers was also Sergey Samburov, the great-grandson of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. On behalf of the Tsiolkovsky family, he thanked the organization team for preserving the memory of his great-grandfather as a man and a great scientist. Igor Ugolnikov suggested that Sergey should establish a separate prize on behalf of the family of the founder of modern cosmonautics at the 5th Tsiolkovsky ISFF.

The Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival in 2024 is held with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Government and the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, the Association of Planetariums of Russia, the Nika TV Company and other public and commercial organizations.

TASS is the main media partner of the festival.