Since 1998 we have been making every effort to cultivate conscientious respect to Law and its representatives by means of cinema and TV, support script writers and directors, who consolidate our society in struggle against crime and its utmost manifestation - terrorism.
The eight International Film and TV Festivals of detective films and television programs on law-enforcement themes “Law and Society” have been held since then with more than 200 TV and cinema participants annually.
The main goal of the Festival is to create a positive image of law representatives, popularize law obedience and striving for order.
Our Festival is unique due to the following:
- “Law and Society” is the only international detective film festival in the world (according to the International Detective Film Association)
- “Law and Society” is the festival where law representatives take part on equal terms with TV and cinema officials.
- “Law and Society” is held under the aegis of the UN, the Council of Europe and many other international organizations.
- “Law and Society” is the only cultural project in Russia which became an integral part of struggle against terrorism.
- The fact that law representatives take part in the Festival gives an opportunity to estimate the projects not only from the cultural point of view it also helps to create a positive hero – Law representative.
Our festival is prestigious not only in Russia but also all over the world. It was presented to the world community at various international forums and was highly appreciated (in France, Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, Rumania, Malta, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Austria and Egypt).
We have a set of nominations, reflecting all major aspects of law-enforcement activities. We introduced a special nomination – “Anti-hero” in order to demonstrate our negative attitude to films, where the main character is a criminal.
If the Festival was properly financed and supported by the government, it could become an effective cultural part of the president’s political initiatives.
In 2005-2006 “Roskultura” allotted one million rubbles, which is insufficient for holding a unique international ideological film festival.
Note: 84 million rubbles is needed annually to hold a festival on a high world standard level. The appropriate request was sent to “Roskultura” in March 2005.
The Tenth Festival will be held in Moscow on April 16-21 2008
The idea of the festival of crime prevention shows first came about in 1998. Yuri Mityushin who then worked at the Ministry for Internal Affairs was its author. In December 1998 the Council of Ministers of the CIS welcomed the idea of the festival.
The First International Festival “Law and Society” was held in Moscow in April 1999 with the organizational support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. [P]
The number of film studios and TV companies of the CIS and Baltic countries participating in the first festival came up to 137. They presented a total of 495 films and TV-programs featuring law-enforcement themes to participate in the contest of the festival. The opening ceremony of the festival took place at the Ministry for Internal Affairs of Russia. Mr. Sergey Stepashin, the then Minister for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation , personally opened the Festival.
The GRAND-PRIX winner of the First Festival was the TV series «Streets of Broken Lights» , (TNT TV-net, «Russkoe Video-film», St.Petersburg , Russia). From that moment on the new era of Russian detective series began.
The Second International Film and TV Festival “Law and Society” took place in Moscow in April 2000 with the organizational support of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation as well as of many other governmental agencies.
The GRAND-PRIX of the Second Festival was awarded to the documentary «News: Documents. Chechnya.doc» (TV Company «Fourth Channel», Ekaterinburg , Russia).
The Third International Film and TV Festival “Law and Society” was held in Moscow in April 2001.
After the acts of terrorism in the Russian cities (Moscow, Volgodonsk and Buinaksk) Festival organizers decided, that it was necessary to hold the 3rd Festival with a slogan “Fight against terrorism is an international responsibility!”
The GRAND-PRIX winner of the Third Festival was the documentary “The Third World War” (TV and Radio Company “Afontovo”, Krasnoyarsk , Russia) . The film is about fight against illegal drug smuggling.
In the course of the Festival the organizers came to a conclusion that the Festival should not only support the authors, who produced films and TV programs (which consolidate people in the fight against crime and terrorism), but also contribute to recognition of legal consciousness and legal education of the people of our society.
The results of the Third Festival show that the slogan of the Festival could be a common informational motive for cinematographers and television journalists worldwide.
After the Third Festival was over the staff of the Festival Management changed. On October 11 2001 Yury Mityushin and Olga Romanovskaya (Festival producers) established the Production Company “Detective”, which became the predecessor of the International Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes “LAW and SOCIETY”.
Now priority is given to the development of international relations by participating in various events, International festivals, forums and conferences.
In October 2001 the Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” was presented to the world community at the 24th Conference of the European Ministers of Justice and the World Anticriminal and Antiterrorist Forum in Moscow. The objectives and tasks of the Festival were approved by all the participants in both conferences which confirmed the importance and urgency of the Festival and its slogan. Since 2002 the Festival organizers obtained the right to hold the Festival under the aegis of the United Nations Organization. The Council of Europe, the Interpol and the UNESCO also supported the goals and tasks of the Festival.
The Fourth International Film and TV Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes “Law and Society” was held in Moscow in April 2002 under the aegis of the United Nations Organization and the Council of Europe. Films and television programs from Russia , the CIS, the Baltic countries, Germany , Italy , Israel and Indonesia participated in the Festival contest.
The GRAND-PRIX winner of the Fourth Festival was the feature film “The Experiment” (by O.Hirshbigel, Senator Film/Central Partnership, Germany , 2001).
The Fifth Jubilee International Film and TV Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes “LAW and SOCIETY” was held in Moscow in April 2003.
The Grand-Prix of the Fifth International Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” was awarded to the documentary “The Chronicles of the World Terrorism” (by Oksana Barkovskaya and Igor Prokopenko, REN TV, Russia, Moscow).
The Sixth International Film and TV Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes “Law and Society” was held in Moscow in April 2004 under the aegis of the United Nations Organization and the Council of Europe as well as other organizations representing Law in Russia and abroad.
The opening ceremony took place at the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation . Deputy Minister of Justice Yuri Demin opened the Festival.
About 150 films and TV programs presented by 94 film and TV companies from 30 countries participated in the festival contest that year. Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and almost all European and the CIS countries were presented by various works.
On the opening night of the Festival films demonstration at the “Fitil” cinema with the feature film “Chasseur” (director Alexander Tsatsuev) was shown. On the same evening there was the first show of the contest feature film “Unofficial Task” (director Vitaly Vorobiov).
On April 25 in the framework of the Festival the organizers arranged a party at the action center “War and Peace” where all the guests and participants played an anti terrorist game “In the Siege”. They were offered real field-kitchen and military attractions.
The Grand-Prix Winner of the Sixth Festival was a feature film “Metro” (Director Bak Woon-Hak, Yun Hong-Sik, South Korea).
The Seventh International Film and TV Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes ”Detective Fest” ( the former title “Law and Society” ) was held in Moscow in April 2005.
The Opening and Closing ceremonies took place at the “Cosmos” cinema (thanks to its general director Valery Hohriakov). Every day visitors to the festival had an opportunity to watch the first shows of new films, that hadn’t been shown in Russia.
The agenda of the festival was very rich. Special Forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs arranged a performance including blowing-up of armored units. The participants in the Festival were offered to shoot real guns. The “Z-Cinematik” company and its general director Olga Shterts within the framework of the Festival organized a presentation of the television series “Regional Detectives”. Deputy Director of REN TV Igor Prokopenko shared his experience with the colleagues and presented his new series “Chechen Trap”. The participants also visited the curling club at Domodedovskaya. A joint event of the “Chaika” fund and the festival was directed against illegal drug circulation. Every day the visitors to the “Cosmos” cinema enjoyed new Russian and foreign films and television programs. The film “Statsky Sovetnik” was shown at the opening ceremony. Among other premiers there was “Black Jack” (Israel), ”The Neighbour” (Russia), “The Neman Case” (Byelorussia) and the Swiss detective film “Schtral”. The closing ceremony with the presentation of the Czech film “Bolero” was held on 25 April.
The Festival was greeted by the Councilor of the President of the Russian Federation Benjamin Yakovlev, Special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the struggle against terrorism and transnational crime Safonov A.E., Chairman of the Security Committee of the Russian Federation V.Vasilyev, Minister of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation A. Sokolov, President of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation A. Ivanov, spokesmen of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Moscow Duma Culture Department Eugeny Gerasimov, Minister for Interior Affairs of Kazakhstan Z. Turisbekov, Commander of the Interior Ministry Forces N. E. Rogozhkin, Commissioner of the Municipal Service New Scotland Yard Sir Ian Blair and President of the Federal Notary Chamber of the Russian Federation E. Klyachin.
The President of the Festival Arkady Vainer died the day before the closing ceremony. During the ceremony everyone paid tribute to his memory. Peter Nelezin (Vice President of the Festival) conducted the Closing ceremony.
The program of “LAW and SOCIETY” festivals besides competition and out-of-competition film shows included:
- new film and TV project presentations (the first presentation of such TV series as “Streets of Broken Lights”, “12 Maroseika st.”, “Kamenskaya”, “The Turetskiy March”, “Investigation Secrets”, “People and Shadows” and others);
- master classes and seminars with the leading experts of television, film and advertising industries;
- presentations of other International festivals;
- presentations of governmental agencies (Court Police Officers Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation; the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation and the Academy of the Customs Service; the Federal Notary Chamber of the Russian Federation; the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation; General Prosecutor`s Office of the Russian Federation).
The festival “LAW and SOCIETY” is a very special one due to its extraordinary arrangements. Guests and participants of all the six festivals had an opportunity of taking part in:
- excursions to the training ground of the Special Forces “Vityaz`”, where soldiers showed to the guests and participants of the festival the program of hostage releasing;
- excursions to the Horse Regiment of Moscow Police;
- excursions to the special Police Department with a show program of the troops;
- the Customs House in Ramenskoye (Moscow Region) and the Central State Aviation Institute Named after Gromov where there was a show of demonstration flights of supersonic fighters;
- visiting the Cynology center of “Sheremetievo” International Airport Customs;
- a visit to the State Duma of the Russian Federation ;
- a visit guided by Deputy Justice Minister U. Kalinin to the jail in Kriukovo town (Moscow Region) and Butirski prison investigation ward;
- excursions “Detective Mysteries of Kremlin” (restricted Kremlin areas) and the President`s residence;
- an excursion to Sofrino special brigade of Police Forces of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation with the show of Special forces, where guests and participants of the festival had an opportunity of shooting real battle guns, and were given military helmets as a present;
- an exclusive excursion to Moscow Subway night tunnels (first in its history);
- an excursion to the Special Forces Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, where special force troops showed their skills. The guests and participants of the festival took part in a competition shooting the Makarov gun.
The Eighth “Detective Fest” Festival was held from 19 to 24 April 2006 in Moscow.
The opening and closing of the Festival took place in the “Mir” concert hall in Zvetnoy Bulvar. Film shows and master classes were held in the “Cosmos” hotel. The participants visited for the fourth time the Sofrino special brigade of the Ministry for the Internal Affairs where they laid flowers on the war memorial;
Informational support was provided by NTV, RTR, the Domashnyi TV channel, radio Russia , Mayak, Moscow Echo, BBC, Megapolis FM, ITAR-TASS, RIA-News, Interfax, MK newspaper and others.
More than 20 countries took part in the festival. Among the jury members there were cinematographers from France, Portugal, India and Russia. The winners of the festival were films from Armenia, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Macedonia, Russia, Romania and Ukraine.
To realize the idea of holding the Festival in different cities and countries of the world, the First “Echo” of the Festival took place in Sevastopol ( Ukraine ) in July 2002. The event was marked by the best Russian and foreign detective films.
In October 2002 the “Echo” of the Festival was held in Bulgaria . The presentation of the festival took place at the International Television Festival “Golden Chest” in Plovdiv. At the Russian Cultural Center in Sofia with the support of Mr. Lunkov, the Director of the Center, there was a Week of Russian detective films.
In January 2003 a presentation of the festival took place at the 16th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz (France).
In April 2003 a delegation of the festival “LAW and SOCIETY” visited the Police Film Festival in Cognac (France). Festival producers issued a special diploma to the organizers of Cognac Police Film Festival as a gesture of friendship between the allied festivals and awarded a special souvenir badge to the Police commissioner of Cognac.
In June 2003 there was a presentation of the Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” at the “International Media Events” Festival in Albena (Bulgaria).
In August – September 2003 the “Echo” of the Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” was held in Romania. The Festival producers were special guests to Simeria at the Festival of Independent TV-Producers SIMFEST and in Bucharest they were special guests to Romanian National Television (TVR).
In October 2003 the producers of the International Festival “Law and Society” successfully held the “Echo” in Lisbon (Portugal). In the framework of the International Festival "ULISSES" , at the Modern University (Universidade Moderna) in Lisbon the official presentation of the Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” took place where films, the winners of the Fifth Festival, were shown.
In October 2003 , the presentation of the Festival “LAW and SOCIETY” took place in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) at the International TV Festival "Golden Chest".
In December 2003 in the framework of the Italian “Noir In” Festival at one of Italian mountain resorts Courmayeur the “Echo” of the International Festival of detective films “LAW and SOCIETY” was held.
At the presentation the Festival producers gave a traditional diploma of “LAW and SOCIETY” Festival to Giorgio Gossetti, the Director of “Noir In” Festival and Giuseppe Ballistreri, the Chief of Courmayeur Carabineers, was given a special souvenir badge.
In May 2004 at the invitation of the Hennessy Cognac House the Festival organizers visited the Hennessy vineyards and wineries at Cognac (France). Yury Mityushin and Olga Romanovskaya had talks with the Hennessy spokesmen concerning their further partnership. In Paris the producers of the Festival were warmly welcomed by the Head of the Russian Federation Delegation in UNESCO V.A. Kalamanov.
In June 2004 the International Festival delegation visited the tenth Festival “International Media Events” on the Black Sea Albena Resort
That year the Russian delegation besides the producers comprised Khalimat Kuchmezova ( Nalchik , “Kabbalk TV and Radio Company”) and Yuri Andronik ( Moscow “Perekrestok”AMA”). At the festival the producers gave George Kuzmov, the Head of Albena Festival a symbolic present- a big white holster with “Kalashnikov” vodka as a sign of friendship between the two festivals.
The Russian producers also gave the President of Albena Festival, Patrik Sandrin, a golden badge of the “LAW and SOCIETY” Festival.
In July 2004 the producers of the “LAW and SOCIETY” Festival visited London as honored guests at the festival of detective films and books “Crime Scene Festival”.
By tradition the Russian “detectives” gave the Festival Directors of London festival a film diploma, the Festival’s detective hat and a bottle of vodka “Kalashnokov”.
During the visit to the capital of the detective community the producers had talks with the Head of the Municipal Police Public Relations Department of New Scotland Yard – Dick Fedorcio, who was interested in the festival and promised that the Municipal Police would be glad to take part in the seventh festival.
During the “Echo” of the Festival abroad on November 12-19 2004 the festival delegation visited Malta where they held the presentation at the Russian Culture Centre in Vallette.
In July 2005 the General Producer of the Festival addressed the meeting in the State Duma stressing the significance of the Festival and its influence on forming the public opinion.
In August 2005 Yury Mityushin took part in the International Festival in Yalta as a member of the Jury.
In December 2005 Yury Mityushin spoke at a meeting organized by N. N. Borduja, the Director of the Security Council of the CIS. Issues concerning the involvement of the media community into the anti-terrorism struggle were discussed.
On 10-15 May 2006 the presentation of the Festival was held in Vienna ( Austria ). Issues concerning cooperation were discussed.
On 3-10 June 2006 the meeting of cinematographers was held in Albena within the framework of the multimedia festival.
On 24-30 July 2006 the meeting of cinematographers of Armenia was held in Erevan. Ayk Arutyunyan, the chief of police of Armenia, awarded Yuri Mityushin the medal “For the consolidation of the co-operation” between the Police of Armenia and the representatives of Russian mass media.
On 23-28 January 2007 general producer Yuri Mityushin took part in the 20th International Festival FIPA in Biarritz, France by the invitation of the head of festival Pierre-Henri Deleau. During the festival there took place a number of meetings with the cinematographers and the representatives of TV of Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy.
On 7-9 March 2007 the meeting with cinematographers and the representatives of the police was held on the film festival “Death” in Istanbul, Turkey.
On 14-21 August 2006 within the bounds of International Black Sea sailing regatta and art festival “Evolution 2006” in Varna (Bulgaria), the Production Company “Detective” organized in festival centre free showings of new Russian films for the citizens of Varna. By the initiative of the President of Bulgarian Republic Georgiy Pyrvanov, the similar showings are planned in 2007. In the name of organizing committee of “Evolution 2006” general producer Yuri Andronik presented Yuri Mityushin with a commemorative diploma in token of further co-operating.
In November 2006 on order of the Federal Agency of the press and mass communications, we carried out 2 All-Russian festivals of TV and radio programs on the anti-terror themes “TV-Antiterror” and “Radio-Antiterror”. By the results of festivals the decision to organize 2 similar festivals in 2007 was made.
In the end of September 2007 we plan to carry out the award ceremony of the All-Russian festival TV and radio programs on the themes of traffic safety “Media-patrol”