The President of the Jury of VOICES festival 2011 is announced

In 2011 VOICES festival will take place in Vologda during July 5-10th. Hugh Hudson became the President of the jury consisting of famous and significant persons from European and Russian cinema.

As it was during last festival there will be demonstrated films by young directors whose pictures best of all reflect the tendencies in independent European cinema.

The international tendency of the project is reflected in the selection of pictures for the competition and in the annual choice of one of the European countries as a festival guest of honor. This year the festival will be carried out in the frames of the official program of the Year of Italy in Russia. In the competition program about ten début or second works by European directors will take part. These pictures have not been demonstrated in Russian cinemas yet.

About thirty of pictures in the out-of-competition program and special projects of the festival await their viewers that will be demonstrated in the modern city cinemas.

At the beginning of July more than one hundred already famous filmmakers and just the beginners from Russia and foreign countries, festival guests of honor are expected to come to Vologda oblast.

The following prizes will be presented by the VOICES jury:
Grand-Prix (Euro 30 000)
Best film director
Best screenwriter
Best actor
One of the pictures will be awarded by “Sympathy prize of viewers” that will be defined by special voting.

Hugh Hudson, famous for his world known film “Chariots of Fire” (1981), was born in London in 1935.

His passion for the cinema started from young years. In the 1960-s after three years of editing documentaries in Paris, Hudson headed a documentary film company with partners Robert Brownjohn and David Camell. The company produced, among others, the documentaries A for Apple, which won a Screenwriter's Guild Award, and The Tortoise and the Hare, which was nominated for a BAFTA award. The company emerged with much success winning many awards. He then began a career in advertising, producing and directing many advertisements. His first filmmaking job was as a second-unit director on Alan Parker's Midnight Express.

Between 1973-1975 Hudson wrote and directed Fangio, A life at 300 km/h, a documentary film about motor racing seen through the eyes of Juan Manuel Fangio, five times the world Formula 1 Champion.

From 1979-1980 Hudson directed his first and most successful feature film, Chariots of Fire (1981), the story of two British track runners, one a devout Christian and the other an ambitious Jew, in the run-up to the 1924 Olympic Games. The film is said to have revitalized the fading British film industry, and it won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture; Hudson earned a nomination for Best Director. His next production was Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) received four Oscar nominations.

Hudson's next theatrical feature film was Lost Angels (1989), nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. After ten years he directed My Life So Far noted by the critics and his next picture I Dreamed of Africa closed the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. In 2008 Hudson re-edited Revolution, giving the film a narration by Al Pacino. Hudson is in active development of a film adaptation of George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. Set to star Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, Homage to Catalonia is about Orwell's service in the Spanish Civil War of that year.

Anastasia Kurochkina, press-attaché of VOICES festival