The “Running Turtle” produces independent belarusian films and promotes them in- and outside of the country. We deal with films which influence development of cultural, social and educational aspects of human life.

Our films have participated and won awards at multiple international film festivals. In particular, our films are in the catalogue of Clermont-Ferrand IFF (France) of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the catalogue of Jihlava IFFl of 2017 (Czech Republic).

The “Running Turtle” is a regular participant of Listapad International Film Festival (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). In 2016 our film “Dead Souls” (facebook.com/dushymertvye) won the national contest of Listapad IFF (Belarus) and Best Europe Shot award at Independent Days IFF in Karlsruhe (Germany).

Projects 2020

Poster for Formula of Humanity. Афиша

Formula of Humanity

The Internet-TV series “Formula of Humanity” tells 12 real stories, each of which deserves to become a separate film. How to stay human under inhumane conditions, and what exactly makes us human that helps to overcome seemingly insurmountable circumstances. The project was carried out as part of the humanitarian program “Meeting point: Dialogue” with the support of the German Federal Foundation “Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft“ („Remembrance, Responsibility, Future“) and the International Public Association “Mutual Understanding”.

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Poster for Pifall (a brainteaser).

Pifall (a brainteaser)

An experimental film in which the director tries to show the world through the eyes of a person with personality disorders. It is made as a puzzle: only after seeing the last frames it becomes clear what this story is about. The film was created in order to attract attention to the problems of people with mental disorders, who in Belarus account for 15%.

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Poster for Transformation.

Transformation

“Transformation” tells life stories of several transgender people living in Belarus. Hardships they have to deal with, created by society and government, lack of knowledge and understanding.

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News

Leonid Kalitenya on “Three Comrades” premiere on Radio Minsk 22.10.2020

Due to the recent premiere of the Belarusian-Russian film “Three Comrades” (directed by Vladimir Kozlov), Leonid Kalitenya, the producer, was invited to Radio Minsk. A talk about “Three Comrades”, independent cinema, the nuances of entering the international market, listen to the audio recording of the interview:… Read more

The first review on “Three Comrades” 22.10.2020

Vladimir Kozlov’s Three Comrades, which recently premiered in North America, received its first review. Movie Review: In Russia, just call these brutish bros “Three Comrades”… Read more

Interview with the producer of “Formula of humanity” Leonid Kalitenya on “Meetings in the evening” 20.03.2020

Image for news post Interview with the producer of “Formula of humanity” Leonid Kalitenya on “Meetings in the evening”.

Recently in the capital a documentary web series “Formula humanity” has been premiered. It is 12 stories in which in spite of circumstances people managed to remain human. Svetlana Kolmakova discussed this with the producer and CEO of “Center of Contemporary Culture “Running Turtle” Leonid Kalitenya on the program “Meetings… Read more