Every summer since 1991 the Russian cinema elite gathers in Sochi – one of the main local festival Konotavr takes place here. During the international film contest the newest works of famous film directors are presented, as well as films of the new generation of cinema makers. The festival is traditionally opened and closed by a defile of the cinema makers on the famous blue carpet, which leads the participants to the Winter theatre. While cinema critics and experts assess the movies in the main programme, there are round table discussions and workshops held, regular viewers can appreciate the free evening and night cinema shows. For them the columns of the Winter theatre are used to stretch a big cinema canvas, the traffic around the theatre is closed. There is a cinema hall under the stars. The regular guests of the festival know that for a well-known premier it is better to book places in advance. However, even if you don’t get a chair to sit, you can find a place on the grass loan.