21-27 Sep 2008 Salekhard, capital of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous region
The First Russian Anthropological Film Festival (RAFF) is the only Russian full format competitive film festival representing rapidly developing genre of anthropological film.
The most northern in the world festival with peaceful formula art+science has already become very popular and the internationally authoritative among Russian and foreign cinematographers, managers of culture, Arctic researchers. It is reputed as content art-intellectual film festival and effective social and cultural phenomenon, and it has received set of positive responses in Russia and abroad, its film-winners were shown on all-Russian and regional TV channels.
Today RAFF serves, besides other purposes, as an experimental platform to search for new film-forms, to co-act in current search for identity and culture-building rather than just to reflect nostalgia for leaving cultural values.