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International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts "Spirit of fire" was planned in winter, 2002. At the same time, the author of the plan - film director Sergei Solovyov discussed the idea of ​​the festival with the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra Alexander V. Filipenko. Soon the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug adopted a regulation on holding of  International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts "Spirit of fire" from January 26 to February 2, 2003, and the preparation was held during the year. Initiative Group visited a number of the world's biggest international festivals. During the preparation, the ideology of the upcoming festival was developed. It included the idea of ​​not only annual public review of almost all the debut works in Russia, but also the existence of these works in the context of the global debut cinema, as well as the idea of ​​inheritance of the new Russian cinema the most outstanding tradition left to us by the great world cinema of the second half of the 20th century and a magnificent cinema of the disappeared Soviet Union. At the same time, the governing bodies of the festival were established, in particular its permanent Presidential Board.

Presidential Board of the Festival:

The President of  International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts "Spirit of fire" — Sergey Solovyev

Vice-President of International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts "Spirit of fire" - Maria Zvereva

The Council also included Vice -President of International Festival of Cinematographic Debuts "Spirit of fire" — Alexander Abdulov

According to the annually updated regulations of the festival,  its structure has the following formal and informal events:

International Competition for debut films, where all the debut films can participate, regardless of their participation in other international film festivals, total of 10-12 films. In accordance with the regulations no more than two films can be in Russian language. The competition is evaluated by the international jury consisting of 5 major figures of international cinema. There are four international awards secured with monetary renumeration.

Every year in the different halls of Khanty-Mansiysk and Khanty-Mansiysk Okrug - Ugra (area = 534.8 thousand sq. Km., it is superior to that of any European country except France) during the festival there are themed retrospective shows. Every year there are such programs as "Cinematic myths of the North", "USSR-great movies" and others. Availability of these programs allows participants and spectators of the festival to systematically get acquainted with the masterpieces of world cinema. Each festival is dedicated to the unique cinematic master, there have already been festivals devoted to Mikhail Kalatozov, the creator of the great movie "The Cranes Are Flying" director by Andrei Tarkovsky ... The festival includes annual children and youth cinema clubs with children's films retrospective. During the festival, there is constantly working professional club that has always provided a unique cultural program that includes exclusive performances of outstanding performers of classical rock and pop music. The festival includes annual photographic and visual exhibition.

It should be noted that all the halls are full during all events held in frames of the festival  Khanty-Mansiysk is a student city, and the youth of this city is the most important festival audience and the judge. The figures shown by the film distribution organization at the end of each festival is truly amazing. On the first Festival "Spirit of Fire" only cinema program at the two festival halls was attended by about 50,000 people. At all other festivals, together with the number of festival halls, the  number of festival spectators was also increasing.