Realist Web Fest Weekend has opened in Yaroslavl

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In Yaroslavl on Friday, July 29, the IV REALIST web series festival opened. The festival is held in this city for the first time and in the format of a special REALIST Web Series Weekend event.

The opening ceremony was held at the Millennium Concert and Entertainment Center, in the large hall more than a thousand people gathered - guests, participants in the review, as well as residents of Yaroslavl.

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Participants and guests of the festival walked along the red carpet: Ekaterina Volkova, Nikita Tarasov, Anna Snatkina, Svetlana Stepankovskaya, Marusya Klimova, Sabina Akhmedova, Viktor Vasiliev, Ekaterina Nosik, Nino Ninidze, Alexei Markov, Nikita Pavlenko, Pavel Barshak, Olga Smirnova and others. As well as members of the jury - Natalia Meshchaninova, Yulia Khlynina, Roman Canton, Sergey Mokritsky, Elena Lapina. Also, the opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Yaroslavl region Maxim Avdeev.

Theater and film actress Ekaterina Volkova became the host of the solemn ceremony. She welcomed everyone who is filming, filming, going to film or just watch web series.

The festival is already four years old, but for the first time Yaroslavl has become its venue. Ekaterina Volkova said that she studied in this city and for the first time went to the theater wall here.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Yaroslavl Region Maxim Avdeev took the stage. He welcomed the guests and participants of the festival, noting that any festivals are the most important part of the life of the region: “We are very pleased that our region and city have become the venue for this festival for the fourth time, and we hope that our cooperation will become long-term.” Maxim Avdeev wished all the guests and participants great pleasure from viewing and memorable days from communicating with the city.

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The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova sent a video message to the festival, in which she noted its importance for the cultural community and indicated that this year the competition program is very rich and interesting. She wished all the participants success, and the audience and guests a pleasant viewing.

The presenter presented the festival program, which included 22 Russian web series, as well as this year's jury. It included screenwriter and director Natalia Meshchaninova, actress Yulia Khlynina, actor Nikita Volkov, screenwriter Roman Kantor, cameraman, screenwriter, and director Sergei Mokritsky. Elena Lapina, Russian media manager and executive director of ANO IRI, became the chairman of the jury.

They will select the best in five categories: "Best Web Series", "Best Screenplay", "Best Director", "Most Original Idea" and "Best Character". Also, this year, the festival will feature an audience award as part of the program of popular Internet series. Based on the voting results of the city residents, the prize “Best Internet Series. Spectator's Choice.

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The prize of the festival is a plate decorated in a cinematic style, which, according to tradition, is usually broken on the first day of shooting for good luck. The creator of the figurine is the artist-ceramist Elena Mach.

Further, the founder of the festival, Anton Kalinkin, made an important announcement - the web series festival in this format is being held for the last time: “Four years ago, when we conceived this festival, our mission was to introduce the web series format to the industry. And today we believe that this task has been completed. The festival has become part of the industry, and the concept of "web series" is now known to everyone. And I have to inform you that this year's web series festival is the last one... But next year there will be a new REALIST in Yaroslavl - a festival of audiovisual content with a running time of up to 24 minutes. We believe that it is pointless in the industry to come up with different names, to divide them, so we will accept all formats: screenlife, movie stories, web series, platform series, minute videos, etc. We want this festival to unite all producers, regardless of what their format is called. We are waiting for everyone next year in the big program of the new Realist.

Then Anton Kalinkin opened the festival, traditionally breaking a plate, on which the city leaders, organizers and the jury of the festival signed.

Traditionally, the first prize was awarded at the opening ceremony - the award "For the development and support of the production of short audiovisual content" was awarded to VK. The prize was given to Kirill Yemelyanov, creative director of the video production department. He thanked for the award, noting that VK is trying to actively support such formats and festivals.

The ceremony ended with a musical program - actresses Ekaterina Volkova, Sabina Akhmetova and Nino Ninidze performed soundtracks for popular TV shows.

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REALIST Web Series Weekend runs until July 31st. As part of the program, 22 Russian web series will be presented, as well as the most popular series of different years will be shown.

The beauty partners of the festival are responsible for the images of the stars on the red carpet - the Russian cosmetics brand RBG, founded by Natasha Rakoch and the professional hair cosmetics brand ALTEREGO ITALY.

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