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"Gift" International Film Festival in Yekaterinburg

Vitaly Maximov
October 10, 2010
UPF -- Russia

Yekaterinburg, Russia -- The second "Gift" International Youth Film Festival took place October 8 to 10 in Yekaterinburg. The main purpose of this important event is to stimulate and develop traditions of charity and volunteerism in society, especially among youth. This year the festival coincided with the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

UPF-Urals and the foundation of cinema and television development for children and youth "Revival" co-founded the "Gift" Film Festival and have been its sponsors.

As part of the festival, the leader of UPF-Urals, N.U. Yefofeeva, organized and led a meeting and debate on the topic of "Relationships among the Generations." The 30 participants expressed their opinions about revision of the course of action and the results of the Great Patriotic War, attitudes towards war and home-front veterans, and the role of international unity. They not only spoke about problems but also discussed constructive proposals for solving them.

As part of the "Ural-Georgia: We'll stay friends" project, the leader of UPF-Georgia, Vitaly Maximov, inspired youth of the Georgia to submit their works to the "Gift" Film Festival. Famous masters of film production, representatives of state authorities and public activists were on the jury. Among the winners were a film and a set of photos from Georgia. All competitors received Certificates of Participation in the International Youth Film Festival.

During three days of the Festival, all drawings and photos submitted from different nations were displayed in the hall of the Palace. Such multilateral cooperation promotes interconnections among people and lessening of international tensions between nations. 

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