Battle for Sevastopol is a 2015 biographical film about Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a young Soviet Ukrainian who joined the Red Army to fight the Nazi invasion of the USSR and became one of the deadliest snipers in World War II. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history. There she became one of 2,000 female snipers in the Red Army, of whom about 500 survived the war. In early August 1941 she made her first two kills as a sniper near Belyayevka, using a Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle with 3.5X telescopic sight. The film, a joint Ukrainian-Russian production, was released in both countries on April 2, 2015; its international premiere took place two weeks later at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film is directed by Serhiy Mokrytskyi and stars Yulia Peresild as Pavlichenko. In addition to Beijing, where Peresild was awarded Best Actress award, the film has also appeared at Cannes Film Festival.