KYIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (#KISFF) is largest short film festival in Ukraine.

The widest panorama of contemporary short films, classical and latest achievements of Ukrainian cinema, special events and world premieres, educational and professional sections — all in our five-day marathon in the city center.

It’s a happening for those who is fond of real cinema – the most important art for us!

The best films of the competition program will be selected by International Jury, their authors will receive prizes.

Three main awards will be given to the winning films: Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Audience Award and two of more Special Mentions.

*Students shall submit directly at FFW with a reduced fee of €6 for the regular deadline and €8 for the late one.

**Film school administration is eligible for a discount. Please ask us for a waiver code at This option is only for bulk submissions only.

***Please note that all submissions are carefully checked on their correspondence to a picked category. If you chose the wrong category, you would be asked to re-submit your film using the right one.

XII Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine, will take place in September 2023.

The aim of the Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF) is to present a wide range of short films from all around the globe, created by professional filmmakers as well as by film school students or independent filmmakers, and to develop a space for the presentation of Ukrainian cinema and communication and experience exchange between Ukrainian and International directors and artists.

We invite all kinds of short films with a duration of up to 35 minutes to be submitted for selection. Ukrainian premieres are preferred.

The films must be created no earlier than January 1, 2021. There are no restrictions regarding the filmmaker’s age and country of production.


If you are an individual filmmaker (not from Ukraine) or a distribution company, you can submit your film using FilmFreeway with the following submission fees:
€10 for the early bird deadline and €15 for the late deadline

The payment is to be done at the FilmFreeway website, details of the payment process can be found here: The invoices shall be requested directly from FilmFreeway, as they are the primary receiver of the payment.


To submit your film, you need to fill in the entry form online and specify the preview (Vimeo/Youtube) link while completing the application or upload the film file directly to FilmFreeway.

Films can be submitted by filmmakers, producers, distributors, or other legal representatives. The submitter of the film should be a person that has the legal right to negotiate the use of this work with KISFF.


KISFF’s selection committee chooses films. The submitters of selected films will be notified about the results one month prior to the Festival by email. In case of selection, the submitter will be asked to send a screening file, film stills, English dialogue list.

Selected films will be screened in Kyiv during the festival, at most twice, and the best works will be included in the 'Best of KISFF' selection for screenings during the tour in Ukrainian cities.

Directors of all films will be invited to Kyiv with accommodation provided if the safety situation in Ukraine allows them to visit the festival.


The program consists of one competition category, a variety of non-competition categories, and thematic categories, as well as workshops and Q&As. Besides official selection, the Festival program will also include the selections of festival partners and film schools.

The winning films will be given three main awards: Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Audience Award, and two or more Special Mentions.

By submitting the entry form, you accept all terms and conditions stated in the present regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Oleksandr Hoisan

    such a wonderful festival! i recommend it to all filmmakers! hope to be there next year!

    November 2022
  • Jason Blevins

    A wonderful festival of an amazing group of Ukrainian filmmakers in Kyiv’s best cinema. Will definitely attend again.

    November 2022
  • Flavio Armone

    Great Festival in Ukraine and well known worldwide, highly recommended!

    January 2022
  • Mailuki Films

    Una experiencia maravillosa. Ganas, muchas ganas de volver el año que viene.

    August 2021
  • Great festival! made by people who really love art in cinema!

    May 2019