Kamchatka Bears.
Life Begins
Seven months in the wild with brown bear families
The South Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary is often called a bear paradise. The LESFILM production team headed there and spent seven months observing and filming hidden secrets the newborn bear cubs' daily lives throughout their first year on Earth. 'Kamchatka Bears. Life Begins' is a movie that differs from the other nature documentary. The film is meditative. Music, the sounds of nature and the absence of a human voice allow the viewer to plunge into the beauty of wild nature as much as possible, to feel its presence among volcanoes, rivers and wild animals, and experience an important boundary, beyond which a person should not interfere.
Release Date
October 6, 2018
Nature documentary, family
55 min
Age restriction
Upcoming screenings
Special screening at Pushkin House, London
January 8th at 19:00 GMT
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Distribution at Forum Cinemas cinema chain and independent cinemas in Lithuania
Lithuania, March, 2019
Distribution at Cinema Park, Formula Kino, Kinomax cinema chains and independent cinemas in more than 50 cities
Russia, October—November, 2018
Russian Film Week
24.11—01.12.2019 | London, UK
60° Festival dei Popoli International Documentary Film Festival
02—09.11.2019 | Florence, Italia
Innsbruck Nature Festival
04—12.10.2019 | Innsbruck, Austria
Zlin Film Festival
24.05—01.06.2019 | Zlin, Czech Republic
Cinema Planeta International Environmental Film Festival of Mexico
21—26.05.2019 | Cuernavaca, Mexico
Igor Shpilenok, Dmitry Shpilenok
Directed by
Vladislav Grishin, Irina Zhuravleva
Irina Zhuravleva
Dmitry Sukhanov
Director of photography
Dmitry Shpilenok
Cinematography by
Mikhail Rodionov, Gennady Shalikov, Mikhail Korostelev, Dmitry Voronov, Andrey Zakharenko
Sound designer and mixer
Yulia Glukhova
Georgy Khimoroda
Sound recordist
Vladimir Arkhipov
Nina Bisyarina
Gerard Michael Maccarthy
Editing and Color grading
Vladislav Grishin
Best Photography Award
Eco Fest International Festival of Ecology Films, Craiova, Romania
Director's Award
Guro Kids International Film Festival, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Winner of the «Golden Eagle» Award 2018 in the nomination «Best Documentary»
National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia, Moscow, Russia
Winner of the Russian Geographical Society Prize 2018 in the nomination «Best Media Project»
The State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia
Winner in the nomination «To Russia for Adventures»
The International Tourism Film Festival «Rendezvous with Russia», Vologda, Russia
Diploma for «Professional display of the beauty of Russian nature»
Sputnik Russian Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
Best film in «Beauty of Nature» category
EKOFILM International Environmental Film Festival, Brno, Czech Republic
Grand Prix
Film festival about tourism and traveling «Russia inspires!», Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Grand Prix
Zero Plus International Film Festival, Tyumen, Russia
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography
Baikal International Film Festival «People and Environment» n.a. V.G. Rasputin, Irkutsk, Russia
Highly Commended Diploma
Matsalu International Nature Film Festival, Lihula, Estonia
Diploma of the jury, Diploma of Savva Kulish «For ceative searc
Okno Filmfest, Vyborg, Russia
Best Wildlife Wonderland Film
SunChild International Environmental Festival, Yerevan, Armenia
Best Nature Film, Youth Jury Prize
Gran Paradiso Film Festival, Cogne, Italy
Newcomer Award
NaturVision Film Festival, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Diploma for outstanding visual solution in terms of working in extreme conditions
International TV Ecological Festival «To Save and Preserve», Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Special mention
Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia
WWF Special Mention for the best film about preservation of biodiversity
CinemAmbiente International Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy
Prize of the Green Education Fund for Inspiring Message
International Film Festival Ekotopfilm — Envirofilm, Bratislava, Slovakia
Grand Prix
Ekofilm International Ecological Film Festival, Nowogard, Poland
Grand Prix, Best Cinematographer
Barents Ecology Film Festival, Petrozavodsk, Russia
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