The annual international independent Russian documentary film festival in New York RusDocFilmFest-3W was created by The New Review Inc. in 2007, with the goal of supporting Russian-language documentary cinema and furthering the creative ties among the world film community. The unofficial slogan of the RusDocFilmFest-3W is “What a Wonderful World” and “Free World.” The festival is held annually by The New Review Inc. in New York. The festival is a non-profit interactive platform for promoting open creative and artistic dialogue among professional documentary filmmakers. Since 2016, the festival’s General Sponsor is the Zimin Foundation. The festival is also made possible with support from private American sponsors and The New Review Corporation. The festival has an international In-Competition Program. The festival accepts submissions of any films that have won awards at international and national film festivals, made in any country, that reflect themes relevant to the Russian-language Diaspora all over the world, as well as Russia, its past and present, and topics of modern inter-cultural dialogue working in the aesthetics of various schools of documentary filmmaking. Each year, the festival accepts submissions of films released in the festival’s current year, or the year prior. The festival also has an Non-Competition Program that includes award-winning films released in the two years prior to the festival’s current year. Winners of RusDocFilmFest-3W are determined by a Jury composed of well-known cultural personae from the USA.
Awards designed by Alex Soldier for the film festival are:
- Special Jury. Prize Crystal Diamond Award with the Festival’s logo
- Faces of Russia. Crystal Diamond Award with contrasted faces image on the crystal.
The Alex Soldier Inc. has been the festival’s sponsor since 2009.