Two works by students of the Moscow School of cinema have been included in the short film competition of the prestigious Russian film festival "Kinotavr" which starts on 6 June. Both of them are based on scripts by Anna Simikinaya from the MFS "Screenwriting" student course.
Anna says: "In 2014, two wonderful things happened to me: I gave birth to a daughter and wrote the screenplay for the short interschool film competition "Challenge", which took place among the second year script writers of the Moscow Film School. There were some restrictions on plot: it had to be an interior scene, involving no more than two characters, with writing on the wall. Only seven or six scripts were sent to our directing students but I was still worried — at that time I already had experience in the industry, for more than a year I'd worked in the screenwriters room at "Sony Pictures Television" and could already imagine how valuable it is when the script is realised and shot."
Anna's script was so popular with the panels of directorial course students that half of them wanted to film it. Curator Alex Popogrebsky approved work on four films based on her script in different genres.
"It was the most pleasant job in my life!" continues Anna. "In collaboration with a director there's much less competition than with working with other writers. Besides, we were all equal in the eyes of the tutors' council, which in case of the slightest delay could cancel shooting at any time. This situation really motivates people to seek a compromise. It creates the ideal conditions for creativity! We ended up with four very different films: "Last time," by Alexei Borovikov, "The game of survival" by Svetlana Rodina, "Prototype 2" by Tahir Polad-zade, and "Last modification" by Dmitry Kuleshov. Two of them were accepted in the "Kinotavr" competition. It's difficult to dream of something better, except the Moscow International Film Festival, Cannes, and an Oscar. On the other hand, these are not dreams — they're plans."
For director Alexei Borovikov "Last time" was the first film he made in MFS. "The directorial course had just started to run, and with this project the School's long-awaited idea of interdepartmental collaboration — when artists, cameramen, sound engineers, and writers make one film — could be realised. However, here, the author of the script Anna Simikinaya had a hard time. There was so much interest in her work, and she was forced to quickly adapt her script for four different genres — comedy, thriller, fantasy and erotic drama. As you can see, all those genres have the viewer in their sights, and maybe that's why two of these works immediately interested the selection committee for "Kinotavr".