The participants of the press conference:
> Natalia Komarova, Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra
> Sergei Soloviev, President of the International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire"
> Maria Zvereva, Vice-President of the International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire"
The press conference participants will report on preparations for the anniversary festival, which opens on March 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk, tell about Russian and international competition program of "Spirit of Fire", its specific features and social and cultural activities planned during the Festival.
"Spirit of Fire" will be a platform for filmmakers from the BRICS countries. This year, program of the joint promotion of films from these countries continues in the form of the "Chinese Cinema Week"within the framework of the Festival. A member of the international jury will be Chinese actress and director Zhang Xinyi, known for the films "An ordinary man" (Pi fu), "Uncle victory", "Miss Puff", and the guest of honor at the "Spirit of Fire" will be Shi Yantyun, master of Shaolin kung fu in the 34 generation, the sixth dang of combat Wushu. Additionally, within the frameworks of the Festival, film directors and actors from Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa will hold a round table on cultural cooperation between the Member States of the BRICS.
It is expected that during the Festival, a public demonstration of 100 films covering not less than 20 thousand viewers will take place, and films of the "Spirit of Fire" will be available for people with disabilities, volunteers - residents of Ugra will assist them.
Technical innovations will be used at the anniversary Festival. Installation of new digital equipment using the latest laser technology was finished at the Art Center for gifted children of the North in Khanty-Mansiysk, which will be one of the platforms of the Festival.
It is planned that the cultural program of the "Spirit of Fire" will include creative meetings, retrospectives of popular films of the past, performances by Russian musicians. In particular, the participants and guests of the Festival will have an opportunity to visit a performance by one of the most famous pianists of our time, Yuri Rozum. Winner of the "Spirit of Fire" will be awarded a prize of 600 thousand rubles, and the main prize of the Festival "Golden Taiga".
The general partner of the International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire" is the company "Gazprom Neft" within the framework of the social investment program "Mother Cities". "Gazprom Neft" is a Festival partner since 2007, and in 2013 the company established a special prize "For the preservation of cultural traditions."