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Source: State University Higher School of Economics – Государственный университет “Высшая школа экономики” – lass=”lead”>31st Open Festival of Student and Debut Films “Saint Anne” took place in Moscow from April 12 to April 17, 2024. A graduate of Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s workshop in profile “Screen Arts” Nikolai Kovalenko received the Grand Prix for his graduation project “Lelera”, and the film of his classmate Alina Sorokina won the Mosfilm film concern’s prize.

The ceremonial awarding of the winners and prize-winners of “St. Anna” took place on April 17. Nikita Mikhalkov spoke at the ceremony: “The festival has given birth to many talented young directors and actors. I want to congratulate all those who received awards in various categories. I want to congratulate all those who simply took part and were selected for the competition of this festival, because this is also very important. But now I especially want to congratulate Nikolai Kovalenko on the Grand Prix for his painting “Lelera.” Nikita Mikhalkov, as chairman of the festival’s Board of Trustees, also presented Nikolai with a prize of 150 thousand rubles.

Nikolay told us about his impressions: “I will remember the 31st festival “St. Anna” for the screening in the Tretyakov Gallery, where my parents watched the film for the first time. I was really looking forward to this moment, because my dad helped me during the filming of “Lellera,” and my mother, it seems to me, should have felt this story better than anyone. Of course, I can’t help but say about the closing and the main prize for our film. I sat with things in my hands, ready to leave the hall and did not at all expect to hear “Lelera” and my last name. Honestly, I still don’t believe this happened. Thanks to everyone who was involved in this event! Special thanks to master Ivan I. Tverdovsky. It turns out that three years together within the walls of the School of Design were not in vain! I plan to use the prize money to scout the hero for a possible documentary. For a long time there was no such financial opportunity, and now it has appeared!”

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