MIEFF was established in 2016 with a strong aspiration to create a new cultural institution that would provide a presentable and close look at a wide range of experimental practices with the moving image. This approach allows to pay exclusive and thorough attention to the talents that might have previously been overlooked by the vast number of conventional film festivals which only spare a small corner for experimental categories within their programmes.

Our priority here is to showcase the best and most interesting works, hopefully giving gifted artists and filmmakers from around the world an opportunity to show their talent from all sides and allowing the audience to have a breath of fresh air over the running days of our festival. Our mission is also to create fruitful links within contemporary art and cinematic spheres and to highlight cultural areas of immediate interest.

We choose films that allow us to focus on unconventional ways of working with the audience, breaking its patterns of filmic perception and providing extraordinary filmic experience. So whether you are an emerging author or an established experienced professional – we would like to encourage you to submit if you do practise pushing the boundaries within the field of moving image.

The 4rd Moscow International Experimental Film Festival will take place in 2019 in Moscow and feature an international competition programme, retrospectives of world-famous filmmakers, special screenings, Q&A's, lectures and audio-visual performances. It will be an international showcase platform welcoming up-and-coming as well as experienced filmmakers from around the world and facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue within the world of the moving image.

The 3rd Moscow International Experimental Film Festival happened in September 2018 and ran for 5 days in the most important cultural venues of Moscow: Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Documentary Film Center, New Space Theater of Nations and Dom Kino. In 2018 the festival hosted Russian premiers of Albert Serra, Metahaven and Ben Russell films among others. We held a retrospective programme of avant-garde filmmaker Peter Kubelka, who was in presence during the festival. One of the most important events become a Russian premiere of innovative VR-film «The Deserted» by Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang. Our competition programme featured 33 short films from 22 countries, including United Kingdom, Italy, Thailand, Japan and Austria. In addition to film screenings, the program included an analogue film workshop, lectures, performances, artist-talks and an experimental music program.

The 2nd Moscow International Experimental Film Festival was held on July 20 - 23 at The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre which was founded more than a century ago in 1915 as one of Moscow's first cinema palaces. The symbolic legacy of this location turned out to be consistent with the major step that turned our festival into a remarkable cultural event. We received 4500 submissions, showed 68 films from 23 countries and got the audience of 6000 people in 4 days. We held the first retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Russia, 35-mm retrospective of classical soviet experimental film director Vladimir Kobrin, organized performances, lectures and much more.

The 1st Moscow International Experimental Film Festival stands on a ground stone laid in by our first run in July 2016. It has been moulded by the strong support of our multifaceted jury board, collaboration with an array of outsourced talent, gratifying (in both quality and scale) response of the press in Russia and abroad, but, most importantly, by the engagement of a wider creative young audience looking at film culture from a new angle. Afterwards our shortlist and winners programme toured the world from Los Angeles (FFM programme at UCLA) over Europe to Saint Petersburg and many cities in Russia.

Our jury comprises of people whose opinion is valid in a nowadays era of such varied backgrounds as contemporary art, experimental film, contemporary theatre and dance, both invited foreign guests and Russian connoisseurs. Their presence and attention will bring a wider range of audience and will offer professional and caring feedback during the course of our festival in the context of each of their representative specialised backgrounds.

* Kodak Film Prize: 20 rolls of ECN 16 400 ft film stock
* 1000$ The Coming World Prize from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Please take your time to read the below terms and rules before submitting your work.

* Films and videos completed on or after August 1, 2018 are eligible.

* The film should have a status of Russian premier.

* RUNNING TIME LIMITATION for short film is 50 MINUTES or less. Short film more than 50 minutes will not be considered.

* You will be required to provide film and production stills and a 60-second or less clip or trailer for the festival publicity purposes.

* Your film (applies to non-English language films) needs to be provided with English subtitles at the moment of submission.

* If your film will be selected, you’ll need to provide a dialogue list in English (applies to films in any language).

* You will need to submit an HD as the least resolution for screening your film in the case if it will be selected.

* By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees that if selected for the festival - their film will be screened in a live venue in front of live audience.

* By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees for the festival to use publicity material (film, production stills, posters, 60-second or less clip etc.) from selected films to promote the festival in print and online.

* By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

Overall Rating
  • Hannah Stockmann

    Lovely people, great festival for experimental films!

    May 2017
  • Extremely well organised, mellifluous planning, excellent communication and superb, consistent and professional promotion not just of the event but of the individual artists/film-makers involved. The programme was inspired. Apply apply apply.

    August 2016