We received 114 creative and exciting videos about different things (objects, inventions, innovations) that are originally from America but that exist today in Russia and serve as examples of our common culture and shared values.  All videos were evaluated by a team of experts including representatives of the Fort Ross Conservancy, U.S. and Russian professors of history, IT specialists, and international relations experts.

Project topics were extremely different – from smart phones, Google, hamburgers and nylon to personal and historical items connecting families in the Unites States and Russia. This year the contest was very competitive; all topics were well researched, videos were thrilling and interesting to watch. All these factors made the work of the panel very difficult.

After the first selection step thirteen highly-qualified semifinalist teams were selected to be interviewed. Based on the interview results four winning teams have been selected.

The ticket to the future

A team from Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia told the story of American Finns who arrived in Russia and in Petrozavodsk in particular in the XIX century to build their new life. The animated story with lots of hand cut paper scenes tells about the people who once belonged to the USA and then inspired the Russian city development.

Bashkir Bees

A team from Salavat, Republic of Bashkortostan share a story of a book that was once collected in the US during the Books Collection Drive and then was found in Salavat School Library. The team made a research and found a person who donated this particular book.

Lingva Tigers

A team from Artyom, Primorskii Region tells the fascinating story of saving and preserving Amur tigers with the help of GPS, a technology from the USA serving Russian needs. Hand made сartoons, deep research, and interviews with specialists made the video so exciting.


A team from Bakchar, Tomsk region chose its name on purpose. The video story about combine harvesters they have filmed tells about the American invention that made the life of many Russian people easier.