Perspektiva, a Russian Disability NGO, is now accepting submissions for the 11th International Disability Film Festival «Breaking Down Barriers». The festival will take place in Moscow, November 2022.

The one and the oldest Russian Disability Film Festival takes place in Moscow, Russia every two years. Festival has been organized by Russian disability NGO Perspektiva since 2002. During the first ten festivals more than 700 films from 56 countries were screened. More than 30 000 people attended Moscow’s festivals and more than 50,000 people attended regional screenings in 30 regions of Russia.

Festival strives to promote a complex image of people with disabilities through films and to educate members of the community about issues that effect the lives of disabled people worldwide.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Actor / Actress
Best Film about Love
Most Uplifting
Best Film about Shattering Stereotypes
Best Public Service Announcement
Best Film about Intellectual Disability

We don't provide any cash prizes, only certificates.

All works submitted for the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival should portray a disability issue and may include portraying an autism, chronic illness, hearing loss and deafness, vision loss and blindness, intellectual disability, learning disability, memory loss, mental health, physical disability, speech and language disorders, PTSD and other disabilities not specified above.

We accept the following film categories: Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Public Service Announcements, and encourage the submission of films that have been produced by and with the close participation of persons with disabilities. We also encourage films, made by film school students. We will also have a special prize for the best short film, made by a team of children with and without disabilities.

Overall Rating
  • Nicholas Riini

    Great communication. Very honoured to have our film be a part of this festival.

    December 2022
  • Chris Casaceli

    While we were not able to attend the festival in person, the event staff were attentive and helpful with logistics via email once our film was selected. We greatly appreciated the opportunity for our film "Our World In Our Words" to be screened!

    December 2022
  • Stowarzyszenie Kamera

    best film festival! Contact and correspondence at the best level.

    December 2022
  • Great festival. Thanks for inviting us!

    November 2022
  • Luciano Giardino

    Great festival. Very kind and attentive.

    November 2022