Russian Film Symposium 2017
The nineteenth annual Russian Film Symposium Kino-Ivory will be held on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh from Monday, 1 May through Saturday, 6 May 2017, with evening screenings at the Melwood Screening Room of Pittsburgh Filmmakers. For much of the past twenty-five years, the Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics of the Russian Union of Filmmakers has annually conferred the White Elephant award to the best film produced and released in Russia, as well as awards for directing, scriptwriting, musical score, and acting. In effect, the White Elephant continues to be one of the most coveted and respected Russian awards both within the industry and amongst film scholars and historians around the world.
The White Elephant films, directors, and actors over the past quarter century are not merely the best produced by the cinema industry; they also chronicle the history of Russian cinema since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dramatic overhaul of the industry in every sphere, from production to distribution to exhibition. While several of the White Elephant films have been screened in previous Symposia, many more have not. The goal of the 2017 Symposium Kino-Ivory is to select films we have not yet screened as the backdrop for a week-long investigation of the transformations in the industry. Among the three invited Russian participants in the Symposium will be a former president of the Guild, a Senior Research Analyst for Nevafilm, and a political media analyst.