Presentation of the V Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival at VDNH: highlights

Russia EXPO takes place at VDNH from November 4, 2023 to April 12, 2024. And the V Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival starts in Kaluga exactly on the last day of this huge event — on Cosmonautics Day.

The presentation of the upcoming festival was held at the expo on January 12, the Kaluga Region Day. President and initiator of the film festival Igor Ugolnikov, together with Igor Prokopenko, program director of the documentary section, Irina Soshnikova, program director of the feature films and animation sections, and Natalia Abakumova, chairman of the jury and director of the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, explained what awaits guests and participants of the festival.

Natalia Abakumova presented one of the main venues of the festival to the audience, the heart of the Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival – the Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga. Every year the museum hosts thousands of guests and the festival that has already become traditional.

Igor Ugolnikov, the president of the festival, announced that cosmonauts will be the central topic of the anniversary Tsiolkovsky ISFF. The organizers decided that it’ll be very symbolic to dedicate the film festival to Soviet and Russian cosmonauts in the year of Yuri Gagarin's 90th birthday.

Igor Prokopenko highlighted the tremendous importance of the festival on a planetary and universal scale. He expressed his hope: "It is the cosmic ideas and love of cosmic knowledge that will unite the Earth".

Irina Soshnikova has lifted the veil of secrecy of the festival preparation. As in previous years, many participants are expected to come from different countries; there will also be screenings of retrospectives and films from film archives. Irina Soshnikova has fueled interest in the competition program of the festival, which will be determined in the second half of February.

The Kaluga Region Day at Russia EXPO turned out to be eventful. Sergey Kiriyenko, the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, presented the region with an award for the best cultural program of the forum.

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.