Well, we were talking about the Finno-Ugric worldview and saying that the best place for film festivals and seminars, at least on the topic of Finno-Ugric films, is the countryside… And especially in summer it is good. But you need quite a lot of money to come to Estonia from different republics and regions of Russia. Maybe it would be easier to organise this event in Russian territory, so if the festival is mostly focused on Finno-Ugric minorities – Udmurts, Hantis, Moksha, Erzya – they would not need to apply for visas, prepare all these documents, which sometimes takes a long time. Why don’t you organise this festival in Russia? Continue reading
In January the call for the 2016 Finno-Ugric Film Festival was announced, a festival that takes place in Estonia, in a small village called Tsiistre. This year it will be the third time. The founder of the festival is Edina Csüllög, film director and producer, and also a Finno-Ugric activist. We decided to meet with her and talk about the ‘Finno-Ugric way’ of filmmaking, about the results of previous festivals and aims and plans for the future. Edina is from Hungary, but quite long time ago she moved from Budapešt to Estonia, so our meeting was in Setomaa (in the region on the border of Estonia and Russia). Continue reading
The 4th Uralic Winter-school will take place in Tartu from January 31st to February 6th 2016.
The programme is part of an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership project “INFUSE”—Integration of Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe. Project coordinator is the Institute for Finno-Ugric Studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich (Elena Skribnik), and besides Tartu (Gerson Klumpp) Continue reading
Wen the Bolsheviks went about counting and cataloguing the ethnicities they had inherited from the Russian Empire, they identified not one but two Mari nations: the Mountain Mari, numbering about fifty thousand, and the Meadow Mari, a hundred and fifty thousand strong. Both were related to the Finns, spoke Finno-Ugric languages, and had received a modified Cyrillic written language from Russian missionaries in the nineteenth century. Continue reading
The Finno-Ugric Film Festival (FUFF) announces its Scriptwriting workshop, to be held during the Festival in Tsiistre, Estonia, 8-11 June 2016.
We invite 12 applications from filmmakers who wish to participate in this workshop. Those selected will receive assistance as follows: Continue reading
Leonid Markelov, the current governor of the Republic of Mari El, promised to dig up a village road before the elections that will be held on 13 September 2015. The incident occurred at the opening of a medical and obstetric station in the village of Shimshurga in the Zvenigovsky District. Continue reading
Yesterday, on 27 August 2015, a rally was held in front of the seat of the government of Mari El in Yoshkar-Ola. The rally addressed the danger of disappearance faced by the Mari people, advocated the preservation of Mari traditions and culture, and demanded protection of the peoples of the Republic of Mari El from the tyranny of corruption. Continue reading