The 45th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held in Moscow from April 20 to 27. There will be films from more than 60 countries. More than 30 international premieres will be shown at the festival.

Especially this year the MIFF will present a program about young people “Hard Age”, which includes films from different countries. Besides there will be student accreditation. It gives the right to see two films a day, attend an open lecture hall and other opportunities.

The film “The Snowbird” directed by Boris Khlebnikov will open the festival. It is the story of the crew of the eponymous fishing boat that gets caught in a storm. The festival premiere will take place on April 20.

Traditionally the films will be judged in several categories: the main contest, documentaries and short films, the “Russian premieres” contest, as well as non-competitive screenings.

Rahul Ravel – one of India’s leading filmmakers – will head the jury of the festival’s main competition this year. His team includes actors Samal Yaslyamova from Kazakhstan, Alexey Guskov and Svetlana Ivanova from Russia, and director and screenwriter Ciro Guerra from Colombia.