Shortlist 2020

Alexey Vasilyev

Alexey Vasilyev was born in 1985 in Yakutia - the coldest region of Russia, where the temperature can reach -60 C. Alexey graduated from the philological faculty of the Yakut State University. From 2010 to 2019, he worked in the «The Youth of the North» - a republican newspaper for children. Vasilyev is a member of the Russian Union of photographers since 2017. Alexey enrolled in the «Dokdokdok» school of modern photography in St. Petersburg in 2018. Alexey research the daily life of people in the Far North and their national identity.   

The Compromise


The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is one of the most remote regions from the center of Russia. It's known for mineral deposits and extreme temperatures – 60 degrees Celsius below zero. Yakutia is famous not only for the severe climate and gold but also for its cinema. Yakut movies are in the shortlists of international festivals in Europe and Asia. They receive awards – more than 80 and counting. There is Yakut Hollywood, its called "Sakhawood." There are people of different backgrounds involved in the filmmaking. Most Directors don't have any special education; some of them work on a part-time basis. Actors are people from theatre or from streets with no previous experience in filmmaking. About 7-10 feature-length films, from romantic comedies to fairy tales based on local legends and beliefs, are produced each year. Sometimes Yakut movies earn more than blockbusters. Yakutia made movies are inexpensive to make, even by the modest Russian standards – the production costs approx 1-2 million rubles (the equivalent of 15-30 thousand USD). Yakut filmmakers have ambitious plans - to win the audience in Russia, and then in the world.