Moscow Shorts ISFF is an international short film competition, with monthly live screenings and an annual awards event in Moscow.

Moscow Shorts is the first short film festival in Russia that holds monthly screenings in a cinema theatre. Starting with September 2021, we organize the monthly screening not only in the capital, but in other cities as well. First on the list are Saint Petersburg, Kaluga, Kazan and Tyumen.

Here are the stages of Moscow Shorts selections, awards, and screenings process:

- We have 6 categories where the filmmakers can submit their films: Narrative (Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, No Budget, Mobile, Mini Short, and so on), Student (any genre), Documentary, Experimental, Animation (including Stop-Motion and Time-lapse) and Music Video (including Dance, Musical or Fashion Films).
- Every month we watch privately the submitted short films and choose the Official Selections.
- All selected films enter the competition for the monthly awards.
- In maximum one week after the Official Selection list is published, we announce the Monthly Winners (Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Narrative, Best Student, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, Best Animation, Best Music Video).
- The selected films which do not get an award, will not be screened.
- After we notify the winners, we make a short list of films which are going to be screened during the upcoming events. The duration of the screening cannot exceed 100 minutes, so in some cases we don’t screen all winners.
- There is a 3-4 months delay between the awards and the screening - for example in June we screen the winners from February.
- the main location of our events is Kosmos Cinema Theatre in Moscow (600 seats) but starting with September 2021 we added more venues and new cities to our portfolio.
- All monthly winners enter the competition for the Annual Awards.
- A full season of Moscow Shorts Annual Competition starts in March and finishes in February next year.
- The Moscow Shorts Annual Event take place usually at the end of July.
- The Moscow Shorts Annual Event consists in one week of screenings, the annual awards ceremony, lectures, meetings, workshops, and other activities.

*All nominations and awards can be listed on IMDb. (https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0016106).

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MONTHLY AWARDS

All films submitted to Moscow Shorts are privately screened and evaluated by a team of international filmmakers. All selected films receive the official selection laurels.
All monthly winners receive the winner laurels and get the opportunity to be screened in a cinema theatre. Every month we make a short list of films which are going to be screened during the upcoming events. The duration of the screening cannot exceed 100 minutes, so in some cases we don’t screen all winners.
Starting with September 2021, we organize the monthly screening not only in the capital, but in other cities as well. First on the list are Saint Petersburg, Kaluga, Kazan and Tyumen.

These are the monthly awards categories:

Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Narrative
Best Student
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Music Video

ANNUAL AWARDS

All monthly winners enter the competition for the Annual Awards. The winners of the annual awards receive the Moscow Shorts Trophy. The awarded films will be screened in all our venues.

These are the annual awards categories:

Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Narrative
Best Russian Film
Best Student
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Music Video

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Moscow Shorts (ISFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

ELIGIBILITY
1. We accept International short films.
2. Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their short.
3. Moscow Shorts categories include Short Narrative, Short Animation, Short Documentary, Music Video, Short Experimental and Student Shorts.
4. Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions named above. In some cases, though, the selection committees reserve the right to assign it to another competition or special programme.
5. Films in languages other than English will only be accepted with English subtitles.
6. All types of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Absurdist, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Art-house, Biographical, Black Comedy, Classic, Children, Comedy, Crime, Dance, Detective, Drama, Cult, Epic, Family, Fantasy, Gangster, Horror, Independent, Indie, Noir, Historical, Kids, LGBT, Magical realism, Musical, Mystery, Melodrama, Road Movie, Philosophical, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent Films, Slice of Life, Social, Sports, Superhero, Supernatural, Surreal, Suspense, Thriller, Urban, Western, Zombie etc
7. The running time of films entered for the competitions should not exceed 30 minutes (we have no minimum length limit).
8. Films must have been completed after January 1st 2019.
9. We don’t accept work in progress copies of films.

JUDGING PROCESS
All submissions will be viewed in their entirety by at least two judges. Submissions will be judged and scored based on criteria including quality of screenplay (story, dialogues etc), acting, production quality, originality, technical proficiency, cinematography, sound design, editing, location/s used and set design. We support indie filmmaking and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget and/or minimal crew. All monthly winners will compete at Moscow Shorts annual event. The Jury will choose annual winners from monthly awarded short films.

NOTIFICATION
The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail at the beginning of each month. There will also be a list of accepted films on our website moscowshorts.com at the beginning of each month. The winners list is published no later than one week after the official selection notification.

SCREENINGS (MONTHLY SCREENINGS and ANNUAL EDITION)
The selection and award classification will be posted on our website. Moscow Shorts (ISFF) works hard to recognize quality filmmaking and tends to offer Awards to 100+ short films per season.
- We don’t screen all selected films. We screen the monthly awarded films. The duration of the screening cannot exceed 100 minutes, so in some cases we don’t screen all winners.
- The main location of our monthly events is Kosmos Cinema Theatre in Moscow (600 seats) but starting with September 2021 we added more venues and new cities to our portfolio.
- All monthly winners enter the competition for the Annual Awards.
- A full season of Moscow Shorts Annual Competition starts in March and finishes in February next year.
- The Moscow Shorts Annual Event take place usually at the end of July.
- The Moscow Shorts Annual Event consists in one week of screenings, the annual awards ceremony, lectures, meetings, workshops, and other activities.
We may also screen some shorts outside these awards placing that deeply impress our selection committee.

FEE WAIVERS
We work hard to keep our submission fees as low as possible – consequently we cannot provide fee waivers.

MISCELLANEOUS
1. Moscow Shorts has no festival premiere eligibility requirements. Shorts that have screened at other festivals are still eligible.
2. Moscow Shorts has no public or internet broadcast eligibility requirements. If your short has screened on Vimeo etc, it is still eligible.
3. Changes to submitted films will only be accepted if accompanied by a new submission fee.
4. The decision of the selection committee is final.
5. Stills of selected films may also be shown on the Festival website and publicity/promo material including press releases, festival brochures and other materials.
6. All entry fees are non-refundable.
7. Moscow Shorts reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.
8. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically.
9. Moscow Shorts does not accept trailers or rough assemblies. Please be aware Moscow Shorts will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.
10. The Moscow Shorts (ISFF) is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
11. The MOSCOW SHORTS (ISFF) reserves the right to refuse entries.

LEGAL MATTERS
The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the film's use by the festival. By submitting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by the Festival does not infringe rights held by third parties (e. g. copyrights, personality or trademark rights), and that especially the rights to any material produced by others (music, film footage, photographs, text etc.) used in the film have been cleared. They furthermore shall indemnify the Moscow Shorts ISFF against all third-party claims in connection with screening/using the film in the course of the Festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

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  • Jessy Langlois

    Hello Moscow Shorts team and thanks a lot for what you’ve done with « Deus Ex Machina ». Such a nice experience. And it’s not over, you’ll screen the movie all over the country. Thank you 🙏🏻

    September 2021
  • Pratima Joshi

    Dear festival organiser
    I am honoured to be selected in your july edition...though i did not win...i am very happy and satisfied with your communication and your respect towards film makers..thanks

    August 2021
  • Tassos Rigopoulos

    A great experience overall. Thank you for including our film in your well-run festival. Special mention to the beautiful aesthetics of your website!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tassos! We worked a lot for the new look of our website and such kind words really please us. Thank you again!

  • Reza Didar

    Honorable jury of Moscow Short Film Festival
    Due to the careful selection of works selected for this period of the Moscow Festival
    And The presence of influential films in this competition.
    I am proud to be a part of the student competition.
    With respect and thanks to the Moscow Short Film Festival
    Reza Didar

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Many many many thanks Reza!

  • Brian O'Malley

    The festival organizers got in touch with me in a timely fashion and I was happy to be selected for the month of May in a field of talented animators; great website as well!

    June 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Brian for your your appreciation! And thank you for choosing our festival!