The 3rd international festival of student films START opened on December 13. After the opening ceremony, which took place in Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre, the festival will be continued in Sada theatre until December 16. Azercell Telecom, a mobile operator, continues contributing into the development of Azerbaijani culture and provides support to the high-intellectual projects. Azercell is the general sponsor of the festival, which has been organized by the Ministries of Culture and Tourism and Youth and Sports.
START International festival of student films was established in 2004 by the Cinema Centre of Young Cinematographers. The winners will be announced during the festival in five nominations. Authors of the films, which will win the first place in the nominations Best Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Feature Film, will be awarded with monetary prizes.
Five students, who will distinguish themselves, will be awarded with distinction diplomas and one student will be awarded with the prize For the Best Idea.
The jury of the international festival is comprised of famous cinema workers from five countries, including Iranian director Babek Shirinsifat, participant and winner of international movie festivals, Elchin Musaoglu (Azerbaijan), laureate of international movie festivals, Galiya Eltay, script writer and movie critic from Kazakhstan, Ahmed Erdal, Turkish director of short films, and Eyyub Shakhobdinov from Uzbekistan.
90 films from 9 countries, including Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, have been submitted to the festival. The selection commission selected 45 films for the competition. The main criteria during the selection process were originality of idea, interesting plotline and author concept.
In addition to the competition program, the films by the jury members will be shown and movie professionals will give lectures within the framework of the festival.
Holding such festivals in Azerbaijan contributes to the development and enrichment of spiritual world and aesthetic taste of people.
Azercell, is a supporter of such projects. It is targeting the development of culture, arts, education and sports. Azercell promised to provide its assistance in this sphere in the future.