The submission for the International Short Film Festival “VKRATZE! Days of Short Films “VKRATZE!”
December 15-21, 2022; January 5, 2023
Organiser: NGO “Open City” (Otrkyty Gorod autonomous non-profit – non – governmental organization)
VKRATZE! Days of Russian and German Short Films were established in 2013 thanks to the cooperation of several international cultural activists: Agency for Cultural Initiatives, participants of the “Cultural Managers in the Russian Federation” program (by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut) Anne-Kathrin Topp and Barbara Bernsmeier, and other partners. Over the past 8 years, the project has been implementing new formats and becoming a local focal point for creative initiatives as well as a platform for filmmakers, video artists, and festivals from Russia, Germany, and other countries. In 2014, the festival program was screened at the Spinnerei youth cultural center in Munich; over the years, VKRATZE! screenings were also held in various Russian cities.
In 2017, VKRATZE! hosted a video campus for aspiring cinematographers; The Cloud Volgograd film made by its participants was screened at the well-known Dvizhenie festival (Omsk, 2018). Since 2018, VKRATZE! has organized events for children with special needs, teachers, and tutors, as well as screenings with visual description and an international film and animation competition for children and adolescents.
In 2019, under the support of the Young Talents Foundation NPO and the Presidential Grant Foundation, VKRATZE! evolved into an international film festival and a large-scale cultural and educational project for the local communities and filmmakers from different countries. The same year, it changed its format from Russian-German to international, expanding its program and the list of professional platforms.
As the global situation changed in 2020, the project was held fully online for the first time its history (screenings, lectures, workshop on film production), while retaining most of its audience.
In 2022, the festival changed its name to VKRATZE! Days of Short Films. Currently, it comprises three mixed-genre competition programs: main international, Russian (films from Russian regions), and children’s films.
The remaining formats include professional workshops, discussions and lectures for the audience, screenings of children’s films with visual description, and special screenings.
VKRATZE! is the only competition film festival in the Volgograd Region that demonstrates the latest tendencies in international audiovisual culture and provides the platform for talented cinematographers, while also promoting education, dialog, creative development, and strengthening of interregional and international relations. This project focuses on modern cinema, relevant themes, and exploration of the world and human existence. VKRATZE! 2022 topic is “ Universal and Unique”.