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About the Festival

The New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for bold cinema, opening new frontiers and expanding established formats. Our mission is to support original and distinct author’s statements and bring new names to the global stage. A separate emphasis is placed on the educational area. The festival in St. Petersburg is being held based on the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.

Program 2019

The first competition program will be held in 2020 and will consist of an international competition of full-length and short films. Full-length feature films are accepted for the full-length competition, and documentary, experimental and fiction films are accepted in the short films competition. All films will be judged equally by the jury.

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New Holland Island is a man-made island and a complex of historic buildings in the very center of St. Petersburg. After being used by the military throughout its entire history, it first opened to the public in 2011. Now, at New Holland Island, there is a park where concerts, festivals, film screenings, educational and sporting events take place. The goal of the project New Holland Island: Cultural Urbanization is not only to restore the historical and architectural monument, but also to gather around it a community of progressive and creative people who determine the future of the project today.

Festival prizes

Full- length Feature Competition

  • Grand Prix — 15 000 €
  • Jury Prize— 10 000 €

Short Films Competition

Three equal prizes of 5000 €



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    Alexander Rodnyansky

    President of the Festival

    Producer of more than 30 television series and 40 feature films, both author and genre, including Elena, Leviathan and Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Sun by Alexander Sokurov, On Saturday by Alexander Mindadze, Jane Mansfield’s Car by Billy Bob Thornton, Long live the antipodes! by Viktor Kosakovsky, Driver for Faith by Pavel Chukhrai, The 9th Company, The Inhabited Island and Stalingrad by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Peter FM by Oksana Bychkova, Heat by Rezo Gigineishvili, Duelist by Alexey Mizgirev, as well as international projects Cloud Atlas by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski sisters and City of Sin 2 by Robert Rodriguez. Since 2016, Alexander Rodnyansky has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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    Alexey Artamonov

    Program director

    Curator of film programs and film critic. He wrote about music and cinema for Seance, Cinema Arts, Playbill, Interview Russia, W-O-S, Look At Me, Colta.ru, Kommersant Weekend, and other publications. He worked as press secretary for the State Central Museum of Cinema and the Festival Message to Man, editor of the Seance magazine, cinema section on the Theory and Practice website, site syg.ma. Curator of programs for the Media Forum of the Moscow International Film Festival, the Message to Man festival and the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival. New Holland: Cultural Urbanization film program curator.

Participation in the festival

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The call for entries for 2020 is open

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