US International Film & Video Festival
50+ years acknowledging creative excellence in film & video productions
JULY 2016  

Russian filmmaker big winner in international competition

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Moscow filmmaker RT captured 12 awards, including two first places, in the 2016 U.S. International Film & Video Festival. These included a First Place Gold Camera award in Documentary: Continuing News Stories for "Stuck in Yemen." The entry , which also earned a Best-of-Festival nomination, explores the humanitarian side of the conflict in Yemen and specifically, the failure of the U.S. State Department to evacuate Americans, including civilians.


The State Department came under heavy pressure for its failure and ultimately the Americans were evacuated by Russian planes and ships. In the process of making the film, RT became a primary source for how to use the few options available to get out of Yemen for audiences around the world. Coverage included first-hand interviews with those on Russian aircraft leaving the country. Russia Today, Moscow, was the client.


RT took a second Gold Camera for "UNGA: Special Coverage" in Documentary: Newscasts. The 2015 convening of the United Nations General Assembly was filled with important discussions like climate change, peacebuilding and the empowerment of the world's women. How all the members interacted is the subject of this film, whose client was Russia Today, Moscow.


Earning second place Silver Screen awards for RT were "Victory Day: Moscow, Leningrad, Sevastopol, Auschwitz, Berlin" in Craft/Production Techniques: Art Direction/Production Design; "News Bulletin on Argentina's Presidential Election" in News Programming: Political Campaigns; "Egypt Plane Crash" in News Programming: Breaking News Stories; "Trauma" in Documentary Programs: Current Affairs; and "Her War: Women vs. ISIS" in Documentary Programs: Cultural Issues.


RT also took Certificates of Creative Excellence for "Will He Ever Get Across the Channel?" in News Programming: Investigative/Special Reports; "One Word" in News Programming: Interview; "Sumud: 40 Years of Resistance" in Documentary: Broadcast/Cable/Satellite/Online; and "RT IDs," the channel's promotion video clip in Corporate: Craft/Production Techniques/3D.


In a separate entry, RT UK, London, earned a Gold Camera in Documentary News Programming: Interview for "John Pilger: Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda." The entry also received a Best of Festival nomination in Documentary. In the film, author John Pilger discusses the birth and development of ISIS-Daesh and its impact on the media, government and business, and includes interviews with Afshin Rattansi, host of Going Underground. The discussion also considers changes in recent public policies that do not seem to reflect the expected risks associated with the ISIS threat.

The overall competition produced 145 awards, including 19 Gold Camera, 36 Silver Screen, 88 Certificates for Creative Excellence and three Student awards. More information can be found at


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