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   The 31th International Film Festival Message to Man will take place in St. Petersburg. The last three decades represent the history of our film festival, from the very first exalted celebration held during perestroika to impressive modern-day premieres on the Palace Square and master classes taught by the greatest film directors, attracting hundreds of people.
   One only has to take a look at the list of the 29th film festival winners to understand the place the film festival has taken in Russia and the world. The main competition winner was Luke Lorentzen’s Midnight Family (USA), which later made it to Oscar’s longlist. The Best Début prize was awarded to Honeyland (North Macedonia) directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska that received not one, but two Oscar nominations. The national competition winner, Ksenia Elyan’s How Big Is the Galaxy?, was featured at dozens of film festivals. There have also been feature and animation shorts from all over the world. The IN SILICO competition of experimental films that has evolved into the festival’s most popular program. Honorary awards to Werner Herzog, Ulrich Seidl, Claude Lanzmann, Paolo Sorrentino, Isabelle Huppert, Udo Kier, and many other friends and guests of the festival.