Russian Academy of Sciences at the International Film Festival of Socially Orientated Short Films, Videos and Social Advertising

Russian Academy of Sciences at the International Film Festival of Socially Orientated Short Films, Videos and Social Advertising

The Lampa International Film Festival of Socially Orientated Short Films, Videos and Social Advertising was held on October 16–18, 2021 in Moscow.

The festival raises issues of civic participation in resolving socially important problems, developing volunteerism and creating an inclusive environment. This year, the films presented at the festival included ones devoted to citizen science and humanization of scientific and technological development. The festival shortlisted works from Russia, Germany, Israel, the UK, the United States, India and other countries.

According to Sergey Malenko, a member of the festival’s organizing committee and Head of the Department for International Cooperation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, cultural initiatives of this kind not only show the general public the viewpoint of authors from different countries on how to resolve problems common to all humanity but also convey to the younger generation new meanings of a unifying and initiatory nature using a language they understand.

At a meeting during the festival with Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the special focus was the usefulness of introducing separate categories for short films on science and international science, and technological cooperation in film festivals supported by UN entities.

The Lampa International Film Festival has now been running for seven years, bringing together authors from 134 countries. The festival was initiated by the Vektor Druzhby (Friendship Vector) International Centre for Social Innovation, an autonomous non-profit organization with special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.