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, on March 1, 2021.