In the mid-2020s, the Russian government began a massive push to turn the Russian Federation into a film school destination, a project that would eventually result in the creation of one of the most highly acclaimed film schools in the world, the Academy of Moscow, named after the Russian city where it was founded.
The academy was set up to teach students from all walks of life how to become filmmakers.
Its goal was to train students to be professionals in the field of film.
But after just three years of operation, it faced massive financial troubles, and in February of 2021, the state decided to close it down.
A new academy was founded in the city of Ust-Vozdensk, but only to teach film at the request of the government.
“The academy was supposed to teach more than 30 students, but by the time it opened in 2018, only eight students had finished the course,” the academy’s website says.
“It’s because of this that the Russian Academy of Sciences decided to end its collaboration with the Academy,” a source told The Washington Post.
The end of the academy, which was established in 2018 and lasted just a few months, is a source of great sorrow for students and faculty alike.
“Our students, faculty, and staff have suffered the loss of a school that had a legacy that we had all grown up with,” the site says.
The school closed in 2020, and as a result, many of its students never had the chance to learn to make a film.
Some students who had attended the academy before the closure are now working in other fields.
The closure was the latest blow to the Russian film industry, which had been hit hard by the economic crisis of 2016.
While Russia’s film industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, many studios have closed their doors in recent years.
In 2017, the New York Times reported that “a number of Hollywood studios” were facing financial difficulties, and the Russian Film Academy had “fallen on hard times.”
The Academy of Moscow closed in 2019, and its last day was November.
“There were very few graduates who could make it through this program,” the Academy said at the time.
The students who stayed behind were forced to leave for other academies in the U.S., such as the New Mexico Academy of Art and the Georgia Academy of Film.
Those who did not complete the program were sent back to Russia and faced a harsh regime.
According to the Academy’s website, “the state is trying to make up for the loss by transferring students to other countries, where they are treated differently.”
The Russian government did not immediately respond to The Washington Times’ request for comment.
The Academy’s closure has been criticized by many in the film industry.
“For many years now, the Russians have been talking about creating a film academy in their country, but the Academy has never come to fruition,” Aleksey Pasternak, an assistant professor at the Film and Media Studies program at the Moscow State University told The Associated Press.
“I think this is a great loss for the future of Russian film and the future filmmakers who want to pursue careers in film.
It was an amazing opportunity for people who had no idea what they were getting into.”
Pasternaks son, who is currently an assistant director at a film production company, said the academy is “a disaster.”
“The Academy is a huge disappointment, and it has absolutely ruined my career,” Aleksandr Pasternakov told the AP.
“We had hoped to see the Academy for students who are not professionals, and now that we’ve seen the results, we are very angry.”