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Rival to Moscow fest enters scene

Tomorrow festival to launch Oct. 26

Russia’s film fest world is about to add a new event focusing on innovative work, with pics drawn from around the world, but with a special interest in fare from Central and Eastern Europe.

The Tomorrow festival will run Oct. 26-29 in Moscow, looking like a challenge to the long-established Moscow Intl. Film Festival, which now runs in an end-of-June slot. According to some critics, it is looking a bit staid.

This year’s MIFF, however, looked more promising than previous editions, with a new program director in place, Finland’s Kirsi Tykkylainen. It reps the first time a foreigner has taken the Moscow fest’s top selection job. Long-term fest organizer Interfest was also replaced .

Interfest, which had run MIFF for about 30 years is behind Tomorrow. Tomorrow is aiming high with a $100,000 director’s prize sponsored by Audi.

pening film will be the Sienna Miller starrer “Interview,” directed by Steve Buscemi, with Patrice Leconte’s “My Best Friend” wrapping the event.