The following people became judges of the VI Sakhalin International Film Festival "The Edge of the World": actress Makiko Watanabe (Japan), film director Alexander Kott (Russia), film director Isabelle Stever (Germany), film director and play-writer Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia), and producer, director general of the Film-making Union of Beijing Yujin Yang (China). A famous Polish film and theater director Krzysztof Zanussi became the Chairman of judges, as it was announced earlier.
Makiko Watanabe played in the films by Naomi Kawase "Still the Water" and "The Mourning Forest" (the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival), in "The Rebirth" by Masahiro Kobayashi (the Grand Prix of the Locarno Film Festival), in "Love Exposure" by Sion Sino, which received over 20 awards of international festivals (including prizes of the Berlin Film Festival and awards of the Asian Academy of Arts).
Isabelle Stever is a film director, a teacher in the Film School Berlin. Her film "The Weather Inside" received two awards of the Festival of Independent Films 2morrow. Her works as a film director also include the films "Gisela" (2005), "Happenchance" (2010), "Germany 09" (2009), etc.
Alexander Kott is the winner of International and Russian festivals, including Film Festivals in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Antalya, Kyiv, Berlin, Hamburg, the nominee for Nika Award. His film "Testing" received a Grand Prix of Kinotavr Festival in 2014, and the film "Insight" got a Grand Prix of GoEast Festival in Wiesbaden in 2016.
Irakli Kvirikadze is a film director, play-writer, author of scripts of his films and also of the films "Robinsonada or My English Grandfather" (1987), "Guest Workers" (1994), "A Chef in Love" (1996), "Generation P" (2011), a lecturer of Higher Courses of Film Writers and Film Directors, Director of the Fiction Film Art Direction Workshop in the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Honored art worker of Georgia. His works as a film director include: "The Jar" (1970), "The Anar's Town" (1976), "The Swimmer" (1981), "The Journey of Comrade Stalin to Africa" (1991), "Rasputin" (2013), etc.
The judges will have to judge the main contest of the festival consisting of 14-15 films from different countries of the world.
Sakhalin VI International Film Festival "Edge of the World" will be held from 9th to 17th of September. In addition to the main contest, the festival will also include non-competition and information programs, special screenings and events, master classes and discussions, performances and exhibitions, concerts and evenings.
The film festival is held under the patronage of the Governor of the Sakhalin region. The founder is the Ministry of Culture and Archives of the Sakhalin region.
Official web-site of the festival http://sakhalinfilmfestival.ru/
Official group in FB https://www.facebook.com/sakhalinfilmfestival/
President of the festival — Alla Surikova, film director and People's Artist of Russia.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee — Secretary of the Union of Cinematographers Sergey Novozhilov.
Program Director of the Festival — Alexandra Zhukova.