MOSCOW, October 22 (Itar-Tass) — An eight-day international Journalistic Profession TV and cinema festival opens here on Monday night. The festival's Professional Recognition awards, named after Yuri Shchekochikhin, Sergei Govorukhin, and Dmitry Kholodov, who are no more, are to be presented at a ceremony in the Central House of Journalists, an official in the festival's organizing committee told Itar-Tass.
The festival is held for a fourth time. It has been organized by the Journalists Union of Russia, the Guild of the Film Directors of Russia, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
"The purpose of the festival is to draw attention to the problems of contemporary journalism, and mark out the makers of best productions on this subject," the organizing committee official said.
"This time, the competitive programme includes more than 50 TV and film productions. These are TV programmes and films not only by leading Russian TV channels and studios, but also those made by colleagues from many regions of Russia. The festival's international panorama includes motion pictures from Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Germany, Sweden, and Poland,"organizers say.
The festival's jurty, headed by film director Alexei Simonov, Head of the Foundation for the Protection pf Openness, is to determine winners in the Best Documentary, Best TV programme, and Best TV Spot nominations, as well as winners of special awards that are to be presented at the festival's closing ceremony on October 30.