Festival runs in St Petersburg and Moscow from Dec 9-16.

Grozny Blues

Nicola Bellucci’s Grozny Blues (Switzerland) [pictured], Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski’s Domino Effect (Poland/Germany) and Rodion Brodsky’s 7 Days In St Petersburg (Israel) are among the first titles confirmed for the Competition line-up at this year’s ArtDocFest in St Petersburg and Moscow (Dec 9-16).

The selection which covers Russian films, films about Russia or those made in the Russian language, also includes Jaak Kilmi and Arbo Tammiksaar’s Christ Lives In Siberia (Estonia/Finland), Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker (US), Ivette Löcker’s Wenn es blendet, öffne die Augen (Austria), and Steve Hoover’s Crocodile Gennadiy (US).

A selection of ArtDocFest’s 2015 programme was presented during October’s Riga International Film Festival - with such films as Grozny Blues and Domino Effect - by ArtDocFest’s director Vitaly Mansky, who was at DOK Leipzig last week for the world premiere of his latest feature documentary Under The Sun.

Founded in 2007, ArtDocFest is the largest documentary film festival in Russia and is still on course to go ahead in December despite having to make do without any state funding.

The festival will also be the venue for the fourth edition of the Pitching Session for independent documentary projects.

The pitching event from Dec 12-16 is being organised in collaboration with Warsaw-basd Academy of Documentary Arts and will select up to 12 documentary projects that are looking for partners internationally, with an emphasis on Poland and elsewhere in Europe.

The best project will be presented with the Dragon Forum Award.