Watch the Highlights of Peterhof Film Festival 2019 on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbuacfXVbU&t=2s

Peterhof Film Festival is the annual international film festival, which aim is to show the best films from all over the World in the unique Worldwide known town-museum – Peterhof. This district of Saint-Petersburg is the 8th in the world rank of the most visited museums in the World (more than 5 million visitors in 2018).

Our festival take place in June in the biggest cultural center of Peterhof – Cascad. This center is located in a few steps from the World heritage parks of Peterhof (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Home-g1207894?fid=30d0637c-0224-437a-ab0e-230ff864252b)

We will screen films in several cinema halls (500, 160 and 60 places).

The winners of the Festival will receive crafted prizes.

There will be an opportunity to visit Peterhof with FREE electronic visa (information will be provided in November).

There will be a special excursion to Peterhof fountains for filmmakers.

Our motto – unique cinema in unique place!

The winners of the Festival will receive prizes and diplomas.

Nominations and awards of Peterhof Film Festival

Soundtrack competition:
Best Soundtrack - will be performed at the closing ceremony of Peterhof Film Festival 2020
2 place
3 place

Feature fiction film competition:
Best Film
Best Russian film
Best director
Best actor
Best actress
Best screenplay
Best DOP
Best sound design
Best editing
Best art direction

Medium length fiction film competition:
Best Film
Best Russian film
Best director
Best actor
Best actress
Best screenplay
Best DOP
Best sound design
Best editing
Best art direction

Short fiction film competition:
Best Film
Best Russian film
Best director
Best actor
Best actress
Best screenplay
Best DOP
Best sound design
Best editing
Best art direction

Animation for adults competition:
Best animation for adults
Best Russian animation for adults
Best screenplay
Best sound design

Animation for children competition:
Best animation for children

General nominations:
Best debut
Special Jury Mentions
Special diplomas of the festival organizers

Submission to Peterhof Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Rules and Regulations.

About the festival

Peterhof Film Festival is the annual international film festival, which aim is to show the best films from all over the World in the unique Worldwide known town-museum – Peterhof. This district of Saint-Petersburg is the 8th in the world rank of the most visited museums in the World (more than 5 million visitors in 2018).

Watch the Highlights of Peterhof Film Festival 2019 on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbuacfXVbU&t=2s

Our festival take place in June in the biggest cultural center of Peterhof – Cascad. This center is located in a few steps from the World heritage parks of Peterhof (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Home-g1207894?fid=30d0637c-0224-437a-ab0e-230ff864252b)

We will screen films in several cinema halls (500, 160 and 60 places).

The winners of the Festival will receive crafted prizes.

There will be an opportunity to visit Peterhof with FREE electronic visa (information will be provided in November).

There will be a special excursion to Peterhof fountains for filmmakers.

Our motto – unique cinema in unique place!

Peterhof Film Festival competition

Competition is open to the:

– fiction (narrative) films of any length (short, medium, feature) from any country;

– animation (any style) of any length (short, medium, feature) from any country;

- soundtracks from any film (fiction, animation, experimental etc.) of any length from any country.

Films eligibility

Only films, completed not earlier than January 2017, can participate in the competition of Peterhof Film Festival.

We have no premier policy for short and medium-length films, but feature films shouldn’t be theatrically released in Saint-Petersburg before Peterhof Film Festival.

Films mustn’t be available in Internet in public free access (private access – private links, links with password, VOD e.t.c. is OK).

We don’t accept into the competition:

– documentaries;

– series;

– music and dance videos;

– commercials;

– experimental films;

– video-art.

Soundtracks eligibility

Soundtracks from any film (fiction, animation, experimental etc.) of any length from any country of any year can be submitted.

Submission category

You should submit in one of these categories:

– ultra-short fiction film (up to 5 min, including credits);

– short-short fiction film (from 6 to 10 min, including credits);

– short fiction film (from 11 to 15 min, including credits);

- long-short fiction film (from 16 to 20 min, including credits);

- medium-length fiction film (from 21 to 40 min, including credits);

- feature fiction film (from 41 min, including credits);

– animation (any length);

– Russian fiction any length - only for the films in Russian, directed by Russian citizens, otherwise submission will be rejected;

- soundtracks (any length).

Submission process

All submissions should be made only through the platforms (FilmFreeWay)

We don’t accept submissions in any way besides the platforms, so, please, don’t send us submissions by e-mail or mail.

All submitted films should have burned-in English subtitles, if the language of the film is not English.

Important! You should be able to allow us to download your film from the platform for the selection process.

You can submit as many films (soundtracks) as you want, but each film (soundtrack) should be submitted separately with the appropriate entry fee for each film (soundtrack).

Only final version of the film (soundtrack) can be submitted.

Peterhof Film Festival will not revise submitted films (soundtracks) and will not answer letters with the questions about the selection process, of non-selection and so on.

All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the submitter.

The festival keeps the viewing material and soundtracks in the festival archive for the sole purposes of documentation, and viewing (listening) by professionals on its premises.

Deadlines & Fees

Submission of animation (any length, any country, any style) is FREE.

There is a fee for submission fiction films and soundtracks. Fee is nonrefundable.

Entry fee is paid via submission platform.

Waivers

All fees will be spent for the technical purposes: translation, subtitling and so on. So we can’t give any fee waivers or refund entry fees in any circumstances except listed below.

We can give special offers for film distributing companies, film schools and so on for the multiple submissions. Feel free to write us peterhoffilmfestival@gmail.com to receive your special offer.

Selection

All submissions are evaluated by Selection Committee. All submitted films will be watched by not less than 3 different persons. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

Submitters of all accepted films (soundtracks) will be informed by e-mail in June 2020.

The list of selected films and soundtracks will be published on the festival’s website and at the festival’s Facebook group and page in June 2020.

Submitter of the accepted film should send by e-mail peterhoffilmfestival@gmail.com not later than 01.06.2020:

– projection copy (downloadable link) of the film (25 (24) FPS, FULL HD (1920*1080), H264, MP4), if your film needs subtitling in Russian we need to have projection copy WITHOUT subtitles (or you can also send us the copy with Russian subtitles);
– if your film needs subtitling in Russian – file with English subtitles and time-codes in .srt format;
– press-kit: trailer, poster, stills of the film, synopsis, photo/biography/filmography of the director, screening/award history of the film, premier status of the film (World, International, European, Russian, Saint-Petersburg).

The authors and-or right-holders of selected films cannot withdraw the accepted submission.

Once a film is selected, the right-holder automatically authorizes Peterhof Film Festival:

– to screen it in the Festival program. The right-holders of the films selected for competitive or non-competitive sections of the festival agree to the screenings of the film free of charge, and will not request a screening fee;

– use a maximum of 10% of video (soundtrack) from the film offline and online to promote the film and the festival;

– publish press-kit and the film trailer offline and online to promote the film and the festival;

– to screen selected films in the extended promotional screenings during the 12 months from the end of the festival free of charge.

Peterhof Film Festival make final selections and determine in which section selected films are presented. Designation of a selected film’s program category, exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival.

Jury of Peterhof Film Festival

Peterhof Film Festival will have a separate international Jury for fiction, animation and soundtrack competitions. Exact persons will be announced in 2020.

Awards of Peterhof Film Festival

The winners will receive crafted trophy, diploma. If the winner can’t attend the ceremony, prizes will be sent to such winner by regular post at the expense of the winner.

Best Soundtrack will be performed at the closing ceremony of Peterhof Film Festival 2020

We’ll try to find sponsors for cash prizes, but right now we can’t guarantee any cash prizes in these competitions.

Place and dates of Peterhof Film Festival

Peterhof Film Festival will take place in Peterhof, Russia in June 2020 in the biggest cultural center of Peterhof – Cascad. This center is located in a few steps from the World heritage parks of Peterhof. We will screen films in several cinema halls (500, 160 and 60 places). The venue and the dates can be changed due to the unseen circumstances.

Attending Peterhof Film Festival

We will be glad to meet filmmakers at our festival.

Sorry, but we can’t hold or refund any travel or accommodation expanses of filmmakers.

Submission to Peterhof Film Festival implies full acceptance of the terms and provisions of the present Rules and Regulations with all changes, which will be published on the site of the Festival and in its group, page in Facebook.

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  • Павел Пантин

    Замечательный фестиваль в самом центре столицы фонтанов - Петергофе. В отличии от множества кинофестивалей в нашей стране - Peterhof film festival на самом деле является международным. Очень хороший подбор фильмов со всего мира.
    Организация на очень высоком уровне. Организаторы в постоянном контакте с участниками программы, что, к сожалению, происходит далеко не на каждом фестивале.
    Огромное спасибо Культурном центру Каскад и программному директору Илье Антоненко за возможность быть участником первого ежегодного фестиваля Peterhof film festival.
    И надеюсь в следующем году фестиваль привлечёт ещё больше зрителей и участников.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Павел, спасибо за отзыв!

  • Pablo Aura

    Peterhof Film Festival is set to be a referent and one of Russia's top film festivals in the near future.

    They have been able to build a unique combination with their location and venues, the professional staff and organizers and an amazing audience that goes to see the movies.

    We are really honored to have presented our movie in this festival. It was a magical evening.

    If you are interested in premiering your movie in Eastern Europe you should definitely consider the Peterhof Film Festival.

    Five Stars!!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Pablo, thank you for your review and for submission such a brilliant film to Peterhof Film Festival! Our audience appreciated "Influencia" very much! And thank you for sending you representative Pavel to the screening and Q&A. Waiting to meet you in Peterhof in person with your new film!

  • Allie Light

    Bravo to the Peterhof Film Festival. Everything was first class and I think that this festival will be one that grows in popularity in years to come. I hope that we are able to enter our next film in this wonderful festival.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Allie, we are so proud that made Russian premier of "Every Wednesday" and we are waiting for the chance to screen your next film in beautiful Peterhof!

  • Bishara Shoukry

    Ce festival a eu lieu au berceau des maitres pionniers et des maitres contomporains mettant en evidence la pure valeur d'art quelque soit son origine.
    Si Andrei Tarkovski est le dieu de tous cineastes, et si le " Mirror " est leur bible, Le Festival de Peterhof est devenu leur paradis.
    Si le palais de Peterhof etait construit pour correspondre au chateau de Versailles, tres prochainement Le Festival de Peterhof sera sur meme pieds d' egalite avec le festival de Cannes.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Bishara, thank you for your review and for your brilliant film!

  • Konstantin Chelidze

    Great festival in a great city. Very good communication. We received the award for "Best editing". Thank you very much for your estimation of our work!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Konstantin, thank you for your review and for your beautiful film!