! We select films from all countries of the world, including Ukraine! Art is stronger than politics! Last year we had two official selections from Ukraine!

The International Film Festival «Catharsis» will be heldfrom November 24 to December 3 at more than 15 venues (cultural centers, film clubs and libraries) in several Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Penza, Vladimir, Novosibirsk, Pskov, Vladivostok, Zheleznogorsk of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and Zaozersk of the Murmansk region.

Part of the film screenings and awards will be held in a large modern cinema hall in St. Petersburg.

3 master classes of famous cinematographers will be held.

The festival contributes to the strength of morality in the audience. The tasks of the film festivals are also to support of the cinematographers and the popularization of cinematography in the regions.

Every film, videoclip or public service announcement that is chosen will be shown at several venues. The festival accepts films of any genre. There will be separate programs for films on human rights, films for children and screenings, films for up to 120 seconds. We also accept Music Videos, public service announcements, and posters.

The Festival is in place to raise part of the funds for moral films by the Catharsis film company. Part of the funds will cover organizational expenses and some money will be sent to charitable funds for sick children.

Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Film about teachers and mentors
Best Documentary films
Best Film about human rights
Best Film for children
Best Adaptation
Best Animation film
Best Music Video
Best Public service announcement
Best Film and video up to 120 seconds
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best Poster/Photo

All participants will receive memorable branded gifts from the festival (chocolate, tea, notebooks and pens) original laurels and electronic diplomas, the winners will also receive trophies, diplomas, branded diaries and gifts from partners.

Semifinalists receive laurels to promote their films.

Accepted Feature films (any themes and genres) from 60 minutes, short films (any themes and genres) to 40 minutes. In other categories (except for films up to 150 seconds), films and public service announcements of any duration are accepted. The film can be from any year of production.

The Festival is open to filmmakers from all over the world.

You can submit as many films as you wish.

We accept films produced any year.
We accept films already released in internet, we understand filmmakers need to promote their work.
Submission fee won’t be refunded if you decide to withdraw your film from the festival whether your film is selected or not.

Films not in Russian are accepted with English subtitles. Russian films are allowed without subtitles.

You can only send an application for entry through the platform filmfreeway.com

All rights (including music, scripts and other) must be reserved. The creators of the film are fully responsible for the observance of rights.
By sending an application you give consent to allow us to process your data and show your work for non-commercial purposes as part of the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Оксана Готчиева

    Большое спасибо организаторам фестиваля за четкую, продуманную организацию.

    December 2022
  • Stanislav Domanský

    The great film festival pleased me. He showed me the way forward in my work. One of the best film festivals. SUPER. Thank you.

    December 2022
  • Miras Kadyrov

    Великолепный кинофестиваль. Благодарю организаторов и жюри за проявленное внимание и уважительное отношение к моему фильму "Эхо Победы". Был очень рад участвовать в Вашем кинофестивале. Процветания и успехов Вам!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Спасибо большое за Ваш отзыв, пожелания и участие такого прекрасного патриотичного фильма в нашем кинофестивале! Желаем дальнейшего развития и успехов! Будем ждать новые работы в следующие года!

  • Denis Koryakin

    Very good festival! Thank you!

    December 2021
  • B. Suresh Kumar

    Catharsis is a fantastic platform for film makers.
    The festival management has done a brilliant job in conducting the festival. I thank the jury for selecting my film School Bell. Looking forward for the next edition.

    December 2021