The Minsk International Film Festival Listapad is a large film forum bringing together famous filmmakers, actors, cinema fans.
The program of the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad is rich and uniqie. The main competition and the competition among young directors feature story films and documentaries. The Children's and Youth Film Festival Listapadzik is held within the framework of the festival. The MIFF’s program is always very eventful: out-of-competition and retrospective shows of movies, creative meetings, master-classes, presentations and exhibitions.
The best movies are presented at the Minsk Film Festival. Festival participants and laureate movies of international film forums are the guests of the main festival competition. The audience and film experts’ recognized, most promising young author’s debut films, are presented at the young directors film competition.
The First Festival Forum Listapad was held in Minsk in 1994. It was known as the international movie festival of the CIS countries and the Baltic States Listapad till 2002. Cinematographers, journalists and audience were the members of the festival’s jury. Nikita Mikhalkov's Anna: 6-18 was very much appreciated at the festival in 1994.
In 1996, the Audience Award was the main festival prize. But since 2010 the winner has been chosen by professional jury.
Since 2001 Listapad solemn opening ceremony is traditionally held at the Palace of the Republic, Belarus’ main stage.
In 2009, the tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies were sold for the first time.
The Minsk International Film Festival Listapad acquired a new status in 2011 after the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) granted it a FIAPF temporary accreditation.
In 2013, the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad got the permanent accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in recognition of the high quality of organization. The festival was added to the list of the world’s most prestigious film festivals among which are the film festivals in Berlin, Venice, Cannes, Montreal and Moscow.
Six jury panels work at the MIFF Listapad, each announces the winners and gives prizes. The most valuable awards are Listapad Gold (the award for The Best Film), Listapad Silver (awarded by international film press for Film as Art Phenomenon), Listapad Bronze (awarded according to viewership votes for the Best Story Film).
Prestigious awards are given for documentaries, children and youth films at Listapadzik.
The special prize of President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko "For Cinema Humanism and Spirituality" is presented at the Festival.
The 22nd edition of the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad was held in the Belarusian capital on 6-13 November. The motto of the festival was Eye of Pleasure. According to the organizers, the true pleasure was about the unveiling of the mystery of a movie which lies in the nuances and details – dramaturgy, the language of the film, the play of light and shadow.
Every year the Minsk festival offers spectators a new concept and exclusive design. The meaning hidden in the slogan was also reflected in the 2015 poster of the film festival. The blue background symbolized the screen and also the sky and cosmos. The twos (this year's festival is the 22nd edition) put in rows create an illusion of movement and made the poster look like a stereo image that attracts the viewer's attention. The poster was designed by Belarusian artist Alexander Kamenets.
The main idea of the International Film Festival Listapad remained unchanged. Every year the program includes the best films from well-known and young filmmakers, genre, art, feature and documentary films.
The jury of the competition program which included 12 films was led by famous filmmaker People’s Artist of Russia Vadim Abdrashitov. In 1995 his Play for A Passenger got an award from the Listapad Film Festival jury. Two years later his The Dancer’s Time took part in the competition program of the festival.
The jury of the Youth on the March competition included well-known Icelandic actor, holder of the European Film Academy Award Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson who starred in the recent Hollywood blockbuster Everest. The distinguished guests also included film expert, director, author and host of the Kineskop television program Pyotr Shepotinnik and Mexican producer Cristina Velasco.
The documentary film competition featured works by representatives of the national film schools of eight countries such as Belarus, Russia, Poland, Estonia, Czechia, and Cuba. Some 20 young directors presented 26 undergraduate works and graduation projects. Many of them were students of the greatest modern directors and graduates of the world's top film schools.
The traditional children and youth films competition Listapadzik opened with the family comedy Oddball, a feature debut by Australian director Stuart McDonald.