The Berlin International Film Festival announces that Nikolaj Nikitin, editor-in-chief and publisher of the film magazine Schnitt will serve as the new foreign delegate for Eastern Europe in the following countries: Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Nikolaj Nikitin will advise and support the International Film Festival in the selection of films and in film-cultural and economic relations with the respective countries.
Born in Moscow in 1974 (later pursuing Motion Picture and Television Studies, Art History and Theatre Studies in Bochum), Nikolaj Nikitin is the translator, co-author and publisher of various books on the subject of film, among them Kasimir Malevitsch - The White Rectangle: Writings on Film (1997), The Hint of Death Wafts About Them (1998/99) and Stanley Kubrick: The Silence of the Pictures (2001).
Nikitin works in various capacities for German festivals, among these as a member of the selection committee of “GoEast“, the festival for Central and East European cinema. For the last three years, he has been in addition the organiser of the “Schnitt Preis“, which has been awarded in Cologne since 2001 within the framework of “Film+“. Alongside his occupation with East European cinematic history, he was in charge of an Export Union study on the state of German film in Poland, Russia and Hungary in 2001.
Nikitin is an executive member of the Verband der deutschen Filmkritik (Association of German Film Critics) as well as being a member of FIPRESCI.
Berlin, May 13, 2002