The IXth International Film Festival "Northern Character" is officially open. The ceremony of start of the film holiday has just finished. Guests and participants were welcomed by the President of the Film Festival Svetlana Soldatova: "During festival days the city of Murmansk becomes a center of events, and we feel ourselves as a part of the world of the film".
Deputy Governor of Murmansk region Inna Pogrebnyak wished to the festival a further growth and said that inhabitants of the polar region could get acquainted with real life of real people in the North. Such projects are unique.
From the very first festival the Norilsk Nickel MMC and Kola MMC supported “Northern Character”. Head of the department of corporate communications of PJSC Norilsk Nickel MMC Revaz Yusupov noted that sociocultural projects which enrich cultural life of Monchegorsk, Zapolyarniy and Nickel are very important for the company.
In 2016 in the screening program consists of 73 films. In total 130 works were being applied to the festival and arrived from 40 Russian regions, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Ghana, Egypt. 33 films got into the nomination "Documentary", 17 - in "Documentary - debut". Programs about culture, youth, feature stories and 25 short fiction films also arrived.
Traditionally competitive works are estimated by the International jury, this year it is headed by the famous director from Finland Youko Aaltonen. In spite of the fact that the jury has already watched through all the films and programs, the vote for winners of the festival will be difficult. Names of winners and the owner of Gran Prix of the IXth International Film Festival "Northern Character" will be announced on November 26, 2016 at 19:00 at Children's drama school of Murmansk.