The journey to the U.S. that will change your life!

Applications are closed! The winners will travel to the United States in July 2020, they will visit New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Sitka, Alaska, and will participate in the annual Fort Ross Festival

Your safety is our top priority. So, even though the exchange component in 2020 is planned for July, it will be conducted only when health officials deem it is safe to do so. We assure you that the trip will not be canceled – it will only be postponed until all threat of the COVID-19 virus is gone.

We will keep you updated on all the news and possible changes. Stay tuned!



This year 80 outstanding videos were submitted for the Contest.  All videos were evaluated by a team of experts including U.S. and Russian professors of history, representatives of the Fort Ross Conservancy, IT specialists, and international relations experts.

All videos about something Russian in America were so well made that the work of the panel was very difficult. 

Only twelve teams were selected as semi-finalists. After the Skype interview four winning teams have been selected. 



New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, California and Sitka, Alaska

Cultural exchange

Fort Ross Contest is an opportunity to deeply understand American history & culture

So, what can I say about my travel to America? It was 100% amazing! In every place I felt myself like a hero of some movie, for example in New York I thought about the film with Eddie Murphy “Coming to America”
Artyom Grigoriev
I guess I don’t have enough words to explain my feelings. I’ve never felt such an atmosphere. Watching the sunset, eating tasty hot-dogs and drinking hot tea with S’mores, guitar music and warm cloths “from the last century”. I had the feeling of boundless happiness. So sad, that this moment has ended.
Uliana Kriukova

Fort Ross, is a former Russian establishment on the west coast of North America in what is now Sonoma County, California. It was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America from 1812 to 1842.

The Russian American History Video Contest is the unique opportunity to see the fort and several more amazing cities, including New York and Washington D.C.