The 2nd "Bok-o-Bok" International LGBT film festival has recently finished its work in Saint-Petersburg and its winners are: in the nomination for "The Best Social Film" - the documentary "The Right on Inheritance" by Cinthia Weid, for "The Best Educational Film" - the short movie "I'm gay" by Nikolas Kolovas (a young stage director) and in nomination for "The Best Human Dignity Film" - "Georgy girl" by Anne Goldson and Peter Wels has won the prize. Viewer's sympathy was in favour of a masterpiece - black and white movie "Girls in uniform" by Leontin Sagan.
"Its main achievement was its own realization. It was an unprecedented event in Russian history. One fifth of the audience was straight and it means that we have managed to attract the public attention to the festival", said the festival's director Gulya Sultanova.
Reference: in the judge panel of this Int'l LGBT Film Festival were Dr.Igor Kon (sociologist), Mrs.Tamara Larina (the art-director of the OPEN CINEMA int'l festival of short movies and animation films), Mrs. Nina Tagankina (the executive director of the "Moscow Helsinki Group" human rights defence organisation, Mrs. Makhida Line (art-action member, the head of "Ahoi-Kultur (Berlin)" organisation, Mr. Sergey Baydak (the head of INOEKINO project).
Film shows were seen by 2000 people in the period of 23-31 October in Saint-Petersburg.
In 2010 "Bok-o-Bok" plans to expand its activities, besides film festival in autumn its organisers plan to launch film shows in inter-seasonal time and not only in Saint-Petersburg but in other Russian cities.
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Translated by Yerdna Bananes