The Copper Flower Youth Film Festival showcases the world's best youth-made short films. It is a diverse collection that includes all genres, celebrates youth culture, and unveils a new generation of filmmakers.

Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging youth filmmakers till the age of 35, around the world to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through cinema. The festival looks to celebrate and inspire filmmakers to develop their technical and creative skills and become true ambassadors of respect and understanding for the future.

Having the most competitive pricing in the youth film festival circuit we do understand that there are projects that cannot afford the submission fees. For those projects we offer a full fee waiver if the project is a short film under 10 minutes specially made for children. Please write an email to our Filmmaker Relations Department '' with a link to your film and explaining your circumstances to get a fee waiver. Please be aware that there are limited number of fee waivers available and writing to us does not guarantee the project receiving the waiver.

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All films received that follow the festival's rules and guidelines will be firstly thoroughly viewed by a pre-jury and secondly by a selection jury. The winners will be chosen by a youth jury and members of the creative and film industry.

All selected films will receive laurels and the winning films will receive a custom copper dendrite trophy at the awards ceremony only and a mention in the local media.

CFYFF will have the following submission categories this season.

Сделано в России
Films Made by Filmmakers Under 18
Films Made by Filmmakers Over 18
Music Videos

Judging Criteria

Concept & Writing
Is the story or concept unique? Is the storytelling or narrative coherent, and does it hold your attention? Does the writing have resonance and stay with you long after viewing it? Determining the quality of concept & writing considers all the elements that go into the creative process and how successfully the original idea is communicated.

Quality of Craft
Determining the quality of craft focuses on the filmmaking process and technical execution. This includes the appearance and quality of the captured image, editing, sound design and audio integration, performances, lighting, and all the aspects that account for a memorable viewing experience. Quality of Craft means more than just a pretty looking film or video, and it doesn’t necessitate that it be cutting edge or trendy.

How well the work is implemented in the medium? Can you fully experience the quality of the work, or are there technical or media-specific issues preventing you from experiencing it to its fullest?

The brilliance of an idea can easily fall flat if not executed properly. Execution becomes more difficult when taking into account the different ways media is consumed including differences in technology, location and user preferences. While reviewing Execution, consider the following: Is the experience seamless?

Overall Experience
Demonstrating that a film or video can be more or less than the sum of its parts, the overall experience encompasses concept & writing, execution, quality of craft, as well as the intangibles that provoke viewer response. Repeat viewing or visiting generally indicates a generally positive overall experience.

In order to be considered, all submissions must:

1) be made by filmmakers till the age of 35
2) be under 30 minutes (including titles and credits), [for short films] and under 100 minutes [for feature films]
3) be original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use,
4) have original music or music you have permission to use,
5) be in Russian or with Russian/English subtitles (not burned in)
6) have a high-quality PAL version of the film available
7) must be suitable for viewers under 16

Filmmakers, producers or musicians submitting music videos into the festival must possess all necessary permissions/ rights to submit their video. The submitter grants CFYFF the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the video or part of the video and to showcase the video for the purposes of the festival or its promotion.

Participation does not require and prerequisite registration. Please be aware of the categories and fees. Choose carefully as there are no refunds. If in doubt, please contact us. Our friendly crew would be happy to help. All proposals received after the deadline and/or not meeting the above criteria will be excluded from the competition.

Each participant or team submitting a proposal recognizes that he/she/they is the author of the film. The participants must also certify that the submission does not affect any third-party rights and does not violate copyright, directly or indirectly. The selected projects will become the non-exclusive property of The Copper Flower Youth Film Festival, which reserve the right to use, modify, exhibit in the present and in the future, sell as a by-product of the festival, adapt and reproduce the poster and film in any medium, without any given time limit. The original copyright will still be held by the filmmakers. Participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions and clearances related to the reproduction of people’s names, photos and moving images.

4K, 2K, DCP files, 1920*1080 (Full HD, 1080p), but not less than 720х576. Sound 24 kHz or higher and compression: MP3, WAV, AAC.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival, made by cinema lovers! Congratulations!

    November 2023
  • Ekaterina PROMOTION

    Всем добрый день!

    Фестиваль бы проведен, однако мы как авторы, отобранные на этот фестиваль кроме автоматического статуса с платформы ничего не получили (ни расписания, ни ссылки на сайт, ни контактное лицо, ни приглашения на показ).

    Мы писали на почту, а она у них не доступна, потом писали на другую - однако они не ответили.

    Заранее по почте не сообщили, где и когда будет показ - соотвественно автор приехать не смог. Естественно, отправлять на данный фестиваль ни одно наше кино не будем.

    November 2022
  • Замечательный фестиваль. Спасибо большое за столь тёплый приём и профессионализм, а также за Гран При в виде невероятной статуэтки - настоящего произведения искусства! Рады были поучаствовать, очень надеемся вернуться в будущем. Желаем фестивалю развития и процветания!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Спасибо вам за столь приятные слова! Мы несказанно рады, что вам пришёлся по душе наш кинофестиваль во всех его аспектах. Мы тоже были очень рады видеть вас в качестве участников мероприятия. И мы искренне надеемся, что увидим вас ещё раз в новом, 5 сезоне "Медного Цветка". Желаем творческих успехов!

  • Muchas gracias por seleccionar nuestro cortometraje "The Eternal Return", nos hizo mucha ilusión.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you being with us and we hope to see more of your work next season!

  • We, "The Children of the FABIDO day care center "Dürener Straße" and me as the supervisor of the project, are more than happy having been selected first. Unfortunately we could not go there, because of the long distance. But it was as if we would have been there, because of the warm communication. And we are really proud having won an award. Hope to join the festival one time in the future.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Ulrike! We had a great time watching your film and so did our young audience. Congratulations once more and we hope your children will be able to make their next masterpiece for Season 4!