Festival of Festivals – International Film Festival St Petersburg
When:23 – 29 Jun 2006 (annual)
Held since 1993, the International Film Festival St Petersburg – known as the Festival of Festivals – brings together the best of film festivals around the world for a cinematic showcase in the last week of June every year.
The event is Russia’s largest non-competitive film festival and brings together cinema from all over Europe, Australia, Norway, Mexico, the USA, China, Singapore and South Korea. There is also a strand featuring new Russian cinema from the past year, shorts by new directors and both retrospectives and special screenings.
While not holding official competitions, there are a number of special awards made, including the Grand Prix – Golden Gryphon (hence the festival’s logo) decided on by participants and guests, the Silver Gryphon, which represents the audiences’ choice, the Bronze Gryphon, representing experimental and new technology, and prizes for both best debut and contribution to world cinema.
The festival’s website (in Russian) publishes full programme details as soon as they are released.