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 2 euros. Film schools administration is eligible for free submission. Please ask us for a promo code at

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

X Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine will take place in August 2021.

The aim of Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF) is to present the 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 presentation Ukrainian cinema and for communication and experience exchange between Ukrainian and International directors and artists.

We invite all kind of short films with the duration up to 30 minutes to be submitted for the selection. Ukrainian premieres are preferred.

The films must be created not earlier than January 1, 2018. There are no restrictions regarding the filmmaker’s age and country of production.


You are eligible for a free submission if you are:
1. a film school representative, submitting films of your students
2. Ukrainian filmmaker

If you are an individual filmmaker (not from Ukraine) or a distribution company, you can submit your film using FilmFreeway with following submission fees:
1. for films under 15 minutes: $6 for the regular deadline and $8 for the late deadline
2. for films over 15 minutes: $8 for the regular deadline and $10 for the late deadline

The payment is to be done at FilmFreeway website, details of the payment process can be found here:


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. It is possible for every director to submit 3 films maximum.

Films may be submitted by the 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.


Films are chosen by KISFF’s selection committee. The authors 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 the screening copy file, film stills, English dialogue list.

Selected films will be screened in Kyiv during the festival not more than 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.


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.

Three main awards will be given to the winning films: 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
  • 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
  • Amazing festival with the unique cinematic atmosphere. Fest crew was super attentive and communicable that made an absolutely friendly environment for filmmakers and viewers. Highly recommend visiting this festival if you are in short movies production.

    May 2018