The 30th Moscow International Film Festival


The Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest in the world. It was first held all the way back in 1935, and the panel was chaired by the legendary Sergei Eisenstein himself. The unbroken history of MIFF dates back to 1959, when the festival became an annual event.

The recent rise of modern Russian cinema gave MIFF a stable position among the world’s top film festivals, on a par with some of the most celebrated international film events. Today, the world’s largest film producers seek to arrange their premieres at the Russian festival.

Every year, the festival gathers the best-known filmmakers, journalists and critics from around the world, and the number of journalists seeking accreditation for the festival is progressively growing.

In 2008, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation sponsored the 30th anniversary of the Moscow International Film Festival.

That year, the festival premiered a superhero blockbuster, Hancock, starring Will Smith, which was shown in the US a fortnight after it was in Russia.

The anniversary festival was attended by numerous guests of honour, such as the Japanese director and actor Takeshi Kitano, French actress, Isabelle Huppert, filmmakers, Peter Greenaway and Emir Kusturica, the MIFF veterans Krzysztof Zanussi and Istvan Szabo, the French star Mylene Demongeot, and many others.

The panel of the 30th Moscow International Film Festival was headed by the outstanding actress and director, Liv Ullmann, whose name by now is almost synonymous with the works of the great Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman.