The awarding ceremony of the XIV International Maritime & Adventure film festival "The Sea calls!" was held in St. Petersburg. The highest awards of the festival were received by three films of the “T24” channel production, dedicated to the Navy of the Russian Federation - "St. Andrew’s flag", "Submariners: Descent" and "Submariners: Silent Running ".
The International Maritime & Adventure film festival "The Sea calls!" attracts public attention to maritime issues, military history, ecology and environmental protection. The film forum positions Russia as a great naval power, and St. Petersburg as its maritime capital.
The documentary film "St. Andrew’s Flag" took the main prize of the "The Sea calls!" Festival in the nomination "The Best Film about the Navy".
"St. Andrew’s Flag" is a unique project that has no analogs in the practice of producing documentary films. The documentaries of the television channel T24, which is part of the Russian media company Digital Television Russia, managed to capture the unprecedented transfer of Russian Navy ships from the base of the Northern Fleet to the shores of Syria, as well as the real combat work of a group of ships and aircraft. The actions of Russian servicemen were followed with attention by all the world's media.
The film "St. Andrew’s Flag" is based on exclusive video footage made by the "T24" channel crew during the 47-day maritime campaign of the Russian squadron led by the Russian Navy's flagship heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Kuznetsov”. The team has documented in details the flagship of the Russian Navy Northern Fleet the heavy nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser “Pyotr Velikiy”, large destroyer ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice Admiral Kulakov”.
More than a hundred unique combat flights including the most modern carrier-based aircrafts Mikoyan MiG-29K and Sukhoi Su-33 were shot during the operation. The crew was able to capture the first tests of the newest attack helicopters KA-52K Katran.
The multi-million audience of the TV channel "T24" was the first to watch "St. Andrew’s Flag" documentary in February 2017. The international premiere of the unique documentary will be held on May 9 on “TV Most” channel in the Republic of Serbia. The film is translated into Chinese, Arabic, English and soon the "St. Andrew’s Flag" will be available to a wide audience in different parts of the world.
In the nomination "The Best Film about the Submarine Fleet" the victory was won by two films of the "T24" channel - "Submariners: Descent" and "The Submariners. Silent Running". They show the service of Russian submarine sailors, their life on a submarine, training the crew for going to the sea and the process of creating different types of submarines.
The films tell about the largest shipyard in Russia "Sevmash" in Severodvinsk and the oldest shipbuilding enterprise "Admiralty Shipyards" in St. Petersburg. And also about the leading Russian design bureau of marine engineering "Rubin".
The creators of the films were able to convey the atmosphere of the submariners' service to the audience. Their work to ensure the strategic security of the country involves a constant risk so only the most physically and mentally strong men go into this profession.
Large-scale documentary films were created by the "T24" channel with the support of the Russian Navy and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.