Educational campus "Youth"
The 13th Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky IFF will host Youth, an educational program which this year will comprise two creative workshops: Youth Documentary Lab, curated by filmmakers Olga Privolnova and Dina Barinova, and Agittextile Animation Workshop, supervised by the Da studio from Saint Petersburg.
See "Youth" сampus webpage.
Youth documentary lab
On May 11-21, the 13th Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival will host the second Youth Campus for young filmmakers of the Volga region. Applications from Upper Volga were given priority in selection process. One reason is that the festival is held on the Volga, another and more important one is that up and coming filmmakers in Ivanovo, Kostroma, Nizhny Novgorod and Saratov have much less access to such initiatives than those in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Also importantly, the festival assumes all expenses for travel, room and board.
This year the campus has two curators: directors Olga Privolnova and Dina Barinova.

Curator Olga Privolnova:
"At Youth Campus you won't be tested, leveled up or taught. Film art may be the reason we are all coming together but you won't be taught even that. This being said, a film by every one of you will be screened at the festival's closing ceremony!
Throughout the ten days we will get "acquainted" with people. With our subjects. Intimately. We will be getting closer and closer. Enter their lives. Know their lives with camera's assistance. Live them through. We will try to hear ourselves, and others. Describe what we hear in editing. And every day we will practice hearing, and then practice some more. This year, we thought up an unusual location for studying and research. Everyone will be looking for material in a certain "special" place. We'll see what you'll find and if there's going to be cinema in it… What's more, there will be screenings, lectures and master classes. So muster up your strength!"

Curator Dina Barinova:
"Director, playwright and our teacher Mikhail Ugarov used to say that everyone has a secret that they so much want to keep but also want a little bit more to reveal it, share it with someone. I think this is true not just in regard to ourselves (so many beautiful skeletons will drop out of their closets during the campus - there is a reason why they say documentary filmmaking is psychotherapeutic), but also to the world.

The world is large and living, it conceals but also tells and shows. Give it some attention, give yourself to it, take a risk: this is a fair deal.
These are the terms: you have curiosity for the world, willingness for an adventure and a video camera as your compass. We, the seasoned fellow travellers, will be there for you. We will support you if things get tough. We'll knock you sideways, tenderly, if you fall asleep or resort to a familiar playbook that's been long dead and won't give you anything of interest. Time to pack, and good luck!"

Olga Privolnova was born in 1980. She studied narrative film directing at Vladimir Khotinenko and Vladimir Fenchenko's workshop. For ten years she worked on television as director and creative producer. In 2013 she graduated from Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov's School of Documentary Film and Theater. Her films Oasis, Zviszhi, The Little Prince, Who Are These?, Getting out of the Room, and Through have been screened and awarded at international and Russian film festivals. Since 2015, she has been curating documentary film workshops.

Dina Barinova was born in 1986 in Voronezh. She graduated from Voronezh University with a degree in Journalism and worked as a photographer and journalist. In 2012 she won a grant for studying at Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov's School of Documentary Film and Theater. In 2015 Dina launched her own documentary film school for teenagers in Voronezh. Her student film Shrove Sunday was selected for IDFA in Amsterdam. The Potato Eaters was also selected for IDFA in 2018 and awarded with a special jury prize at Artdocfest.
Animation workshop "Agittextile 21: Delicate fabrics of images and where we are here"

Agittextile is a design style that originated and evolved in Ivanovo and Ivanovo Region. Artists developed patterns based on anything that was of concern at the moment. For instance, electric power became accessible, and artists would draw lightbulbs on repeats (as source drawings are called). They also drew zeppelins, steamboats, trains, tractors and airplanes: everything that was being invented, engineered, produced and implemented. This is how flower patterns on dresses were traded for power lines and compasses while wheat spikes and Soviet stars appeared on linens. Artists were hurrying to capture everything that was happening there and then: from construction of factories, plants and railways to pastimes and festivals – lawn tennis, skittles, skiing, motorcycling, fishing. This was a time when new country was being born, and with it a new way of life and a new art.

In utilitarian terms, animation is moving drawings. Rhythms of agittextile repeats and dynamism of its subjects imply motion. Characters and objects fly, fall, walk, roll, chaotically or systematically. These patterns seem to be made to move! And we know how to do just that.

Students of the animation campus are 21st century's youth, teenagers.

What do we know about the minds and feelings of today's teenagers and their relationship with the world surrounding them? Animation campus is an occasion to understand what concerns today's young artists about themselves and the world, and to discuss that in the language of animation.

Artists of the 1920-1930s were people who found new forms and ways to represent the inimitable reality around them.

Remaining examples of patterns contain, in addition to artistic value and sociopolitical tendencies, some information about the artist's attitude towards their subjects and their state of mind at the moment of drawing. In an unending search for a new language to express ourselves and today's reality, we turn to their experience. We also know that youth is a time when it's easier than ever to speak a new language, sometimes without realizing it. Just like in agittextile's times, we want to think how to work with novelty, what to do with modernity to make art out of it.

In script development we will draw on personal worldview of the young artists, the campus students. In artistic realization, we will take inspiration from unique Ivanovo patterns of the 1920-1930s. this method is intended to create an impulse for rethinking and continuation of the artistic avant-garde tradition of Ivanovo Region.

What is it?

Animation campus run by Saint Petersburg's Da Studio is five days of intensive work on an animated film. In close collaboration with directors, artists and animators, the students will learn the whole process of creating an animated movie. We will think up a script, draw storyboards, develop characters and backgrounds, learn how to animate, to become a real creative team. Animation is a combination of creative professions: you can be a writer, a director, or an actor, an artist, an animator, even a composer; but any production requires teamwork, the skill of listening to and hearing each other, an ability to hold a discussion and achieve compromise.

We will use analog techniques: paper cutout, stop-motion, collage animation. These are techniques that imply frame-by-frame motion in front of a camera. It may seem that they don't forgive mistakes, since every composition depends on the previous one. But manual techniques are the most effective in acquiring basic animation skills that work the same way in any other technique as well. Physical laws of the animated world, which are many times stronger than in real world. Placing action in space and time. Motion, shape, color, rhythm and other expressive means of an animation artist.

Within the five days of the program the students will create an animated film that will screen at the closing ceremony of Zerkalo.


Da Animation Studio is a team of directors, artists, teachers, psychologists who make films together with children in challenging living situations. It was established in 2008. Across years of work the studio has produced over 250 films, many of which have been awarded at international and Russian festivals.

Maria Dubrovina, born 1986, graduated from the program in photography and print media design at Saint Petersburg University's department of Journalism. She is a writer and director of several animated series: Flying Animals, Kids, Cars, Celestial Bureaucracy. Maria teaches animation at Junior Art School and curates animation workshops for children at On the Edge – East Film Festival. She is a teacher-director at Da Studio.

Polina Zaslavskaya, born 1984, is an artist, curator, painting instructor. Member of the Artists Union. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Russia and beyond and teaches at Da Studio.

Anna Altukhova, born 1991, studied photo reporting at Saint Petersburg University's department of Journalism. As a student in 2011 she started working at Da Studio. Since then, she has been making films with very different children and adults and in different environments, but above all she values her experience in a correctional school and in the Kolpino penitentiary for minors. She graduated from a masters program at the European University in Saint Petersburg and is currently working on her PhD.