Serbia will host the ‘World of Wonder’ Festival of Russian Cinema and Animation
On October 27 in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) the festival of Russian cinema and animation starts ‘World of Wonder’, organized by Gorky Film Studio and SMF Studio in partnership with Rossotrudnichestvo, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, as well as with the Serbian branch The International Foundation for the Spiritual Unity of the People.
The event will last for 5 days, during which the audience will see classic and new films and animation by Russian cinematographers, as well as meet with the SMF Studio CEO Boris Mashkovtsev, an animation historian Pavel Shvedov, film critic and producer of the Festival Susanna Alperina.
All screenings and activities will take place at the sites of the “Russian House”, the “Opshtina Zemun Cultural Center”, as well as the “International Belgrade Book Fair” – one of the oldest and most important events in the field of book publishing in the Balkan region, where more than 900 participants from 25 countries of the world present their products. Admission to all events of the “World of Wonders” is free for visitors.
‘Russia and Serbia are countries with a common socio–cultural platform,’ said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SMF studio, Director General of the Gorky Film Studio Yuliana Slashcheva, ‘according to our plan, the festival will lay the foundation for a series of international children’s and youth film and animation festivals under the unifying name ‘World of Wonder’. Visual language has the property of universality, accessibility, and therefore best promotes unification and dialogue.’
She also recalled that such an event is being held in Serbia for the second time: in 2021, the First Balkan Cartoon Festival was held here, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Soyuzmultfilm film studio. In addition, according to Slashcheva, ‘The World of Wonder’ is already a well–established brand of the children’s and youth festival in Russia: this year the review was successfully held in Kaliningrad.
‘For the modern, technological world, holding family educational events is a very important direction: they turn us to traditional values, make us think, and, of course, give us a lot of sincere emotions, warmth and joyful moments. We will be very happy to host the festival in our country and continue cooperation in the future,’ said Natalya Kotsev, Head of the Serbian branch of the International Foundation for the Spiritual Unity of the People.
According to the organizers, similar festivals are also planned to be held in other countries of the Balkan region, the CIS, as well as in Asian countries.