The Sakhalin International Film Festival of the Future Light Play will be held on August
14-17, 2020 in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The main events of the festival will include
screenings and discussions of films, Q&As with famous actors and directors, lectures and master classes, a business program, and, most importantly, a competition of films and videos created by children and teenagers aged 17 and younger.
Light Play will continue the traditions of the big On the Edge. East International Film
Festival, which in 2020 will be held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for the 10 th time.
WHAT IS LIGHT PLAY:
This is the first festival in Russia made by
teenagers for teenagers. And for adults. For
everyone who is interested in talking, arguing,
and creating new things. Join us!
We are sure that in Russia and in the world
there are many teenagers who want to talk about
art in their own language.
In August 2019, we held the first Open
International Film Festival of the Future Light
Play. The first festival that we, teenagers,
made for our peers and for adults. This festival
has become a powerful start for us. And we want
to believe that it will only get better and that
Light Play will turn into a platform for
communication and creativity for people of
different cultures, ages, and views of life. We
want the festival program to become even
stronger. But for this, we need you and your
WHERE WE’RE FROM:
Our festival is held on Sakhalin Island. It is
not so easy to get here. One hardly gets here
without a special reason. All the better. We
want Sakhalin, of all places, to become the new
point of attraction for teenage culture. And we
hope that this accent will be the Light Play
festival. But the film festival is just the
starting point. We want this platform to be the
start for a wide variety of ideas. That is why
we are open for your suggestions.
We create a center of attraction. A new
environment. A festival of tomorrow, an island
of the future, the place where teenagers will
gather annually to invent the art of tomorrow.
We want to come up with a new form. To believe
in ourselves. To show and to prove that in order
to create real art one doesn't need to have 18+
rating. One must strive to understand oneself.
We want everyone to understand that age is a
convention. That a human being of any age is
capable of many things.
To do all this, we need you. We want to talk
about many different things. We believe that
even uncomfortable and complex topics should be
discussed. We know that teenagers and adults are
just people. This means that they can hear and
listen to one another.
We want to teach you how to debate properly.
Films made by teenagers around the world will be
selected for our competition program. In
addition to that, there are several out-of-
competition programs at the Light Play festival,
which will include the best films made by adults
about teenagers, their lives, and their
As at the first festival, we will hold master
classes and Q&As with film stars. We want to do
new things, but also rely on the experience of
those who have already achieved something.
As we said before, creating a dialogue and an
environment is what we really dream about.
That is why we will do our best to ensure that
the maximum number of film authors who enter the
competition come to the Festival.
WE ACCEPT WORKS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES:
- FICTION (any video in which reality has been
invented by you).
- DOCUMENTARY (any video in which reality has
been observed and captured by you).
- MUSIC VIDEO (any video you shot to any musical
- ANIMATION (any animated video made by you with
or without words / music).
- VIDEO ART (any video without any plot and
inspired by visual art).
IF YOU ARE SURE THAT YOU HAVE GREAT MATERIAL
THAT DOES NOT FALL INTO ANY OF THESE CATEGORIES,
SEND IT TO US. IF OUR OPINION OF IT MATCHES
YOURS, WE MIGHT COME UP WITH A SPECIAL CATEGORY
The jury of the competition program will include
teenagers interested in cinema as well as adults
working in this field. We think that this
approach allows for the broadest view on the
problems that the films will touch upon and on
The Sakhalin International Film Festival of the
Future Light Play has its own President: it is
actor, director, and producer Danila Kozlovsky.
From the first year of the Festival’s existence,
he established his own prize: its winner gets
the opportunity to make a film at his
WE’RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR
At the Festival, prizes will be awarded to the best films according to a teenage jury and a
1) SUBTITLES FOR NON-ENGLISH FILMS ARE OBLIGATORY
2) Authors must be 17 years old and younger to participate in the competition
3) The film was shot not earlier than 2017
4) To submit a film fill out the entry form
5) Applications are accepted until April 1, 2020
(You can also send a working (rough-cut) version
of your film or video, provided that the final
version will be completed prior to May 1, 2020).