Participant Career UpdatesAnna Russ (Open World, 2005) and Andrei Rodionov (Open World, 2007) participated in the main program of the 53rd Venice Biennial. The poets were part of the international literary performance, organized by the Moscow Poets Club. Documentation of the project and a list of participants can be found here.
The film, “Tag” (“Pyatnashki”) by Natalia Uglitskikh (Open World, 2008) won the prize for best short film at the last Boulder International Film Festival (Boulder, CO).
Olga Stefanova (Open World, 2008) is spending an entire year in Antarctica, where she will be shooting a film about the scientists that live there year-round at an Antarctic research center. She is blogging about her experience on her Livejournal (in Russian)
Faithful(Vernaya) by Anastasiya Tarasova (Open World, 2008) was screened at several prestigious documentary film festivals including: International Documentary Film Festival Documenta Madrid, Syracuse International Film Festival and London International Documentary Festival.
Dmitry Bykov (Open World, 2005), Olga Slavnikova (Open World, 2005), and Maria Galina (Open World, 2007) participated in Russian Literature Week, which ran from April 20th to April 26th, 2009, as part of the London Book Fair.
Awards, Prizes, and Publications
Many past Open World participants are among the nominees at the “NIKA” Film Festival. Bakur Bakuradze’s film Shultes (Open World, 2008) is nominated for best narrative film, best directing, and best screenwriting. All of this is Television (Vse eto televedeniye), directed by Dmitri Zavilgelsky (Open World, 2006), and The Song You Do Not Hear (Pesnya, kotoroj ni slyshno), directed by Aleksei Barykin (Open World, 2009) are also both nominated for Best Narrative Film. Everyone Dies But Me (Vse umrut i ya ostanus) and Live and Remember (Zhivi i pomni), both cowritten by Aleksandr Rodionov, are nominated for Best Screenwriting.