Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF) includes:
- cash prizes, statuettes and diplomas
- the most reviewed by filmmakers film festival in Russia (the first and only Russian film festival in TOP-25 FilmFreeway)
- only live screenings at the best venues of the biggest northern city in the World
- overcrowded screening halls
- FREE electronic visa to visit Saint-Petersburg (more information will be provided in October)

We are announcing SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2020, which will take place during 3 days in February 2020.

SPIFF - International Film Festival of short films and animation, started in 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Saint-Petersburg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg) - one of the most beautiful places in the World with more than 5 million citizens and many, many, many film lovers.

Our motto: No internet screenings - only live show!

Audience Award for The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy film, Film about Space (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Comedy (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Thriller, Crime film, Noir, Action, Martial Art, Western, Detective (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Horror (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Drama (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Romantic Film, Lovestory (cash prize)
Jury Award for The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy film, Film about Space (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Comedy (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Thriller, Crime film, Noir, Action, Martial Art, Western, Detective (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Horror (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Drama (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Romantic Film, Lovestory (statuette)
The Best director (in each category)
The Best DOP (in each category)
The Best screenplay (in each category)
The Best actor (in each category)
The Best actress (in each category)
The Best sound design (in each category)
The Best art direction (in each category)
The Best editing (in each category)
Special mentions (in each category)
Director of every accepted film will receive 100% fee waiver for the next submission to the SPIFF.

We are announcing SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2020, which will take place during 3 days in February 2020. The winners will receive cash prizes!
The total prize fund is 600$!
Don't miss a chance to screen your film in Saint-Petersburg and win money!

Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF) includes:
- cash prizes, statuettes and diplomas
- the most reviewed by filmmakers film festival in Russia
- only live screenings at the best venues of the biggest northern city in the World
- overcrowded screening halls
- FREE electronic visa to visit Saint-Petersburg (more information will be provided in October).
SPIFF - International Film Festival of short films and animation, started in 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Saint-Petersburg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg) - one of the most beautiful places in the World with more than 5 million citizens and many, many, many film lovers.
Our motto: No internet screenings - only live show!

Our Awards
Audience Award for The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy Film, Film about Space (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Comedy (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Thriller, Crime film, Noir, Action, Martial Art, Western, Detective (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Horror (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Drama (cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Romantic Film, Lovestory (cash prize)
Jury Award for The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy film, Film about Space (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Comedy (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Thriller, Crime film, Noir, Action, Martial Art, Western, Detective (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Horror (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Drama (statuette)
Jury Award for The Best Romantic Film, Lovestory (statuette)
The Best director (in each category)
The Best DOP (in each category)
The Best screenplay (in each category)
The Best actor (in each category)
The Best actress (in each category)
The Best sound design (in each category)
The Best art direction (in each category)
The Best editing (in each category)
Special mentions (in each category)

Every accepted film will receive the official laurel of the SPIFF.
Director of every accepted film will receive 100% fee waiver for the next submission to the SPIFF.

Rules & Terms
We are announcing World Cup of Genre Cinema 2020, which will take place during 3 days in February 2020! Exact dates and venues of screenings will be posted on the site and Facebook page of the SPIFF.
We accept only short fiction films (up to 30 min including credits) and short animation (up to 30 min including credits) from any country, made not earlier than 2016 year, in such genres as:
- sci-fi, fantasy, films about space
- comedy
- thriller, crime films, noir, action, martial arts, western, detective
- horror
- drama
- romantic films, lovestories.
Submitted films should fit one of the above mentioned categories. We also accept films, which can fit several categories (for example, criminal drama), in such case you should submit your film only once in one of appropriate category by your choice (for example, to category "drama").

Entry fee
4,9 $ — SuperEarlybird Deadline (20.09.2019).
7,9 $ - Earlybird Deadline (11.10.2019)
9,9 $ — Regular deadline (01.11.2019).
11,9 $ — Late deadline (22.11.2019).
14,9 $ — Extended deadline (13.12.2019).
19,9 $ - Final Deadline (05.01.2020)
Free film entry - only for filmmakers from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
We can give discount for multiple submissions (distributors, film schools and etc.) - please write us spiffestival@gmail.com.
Entry fee is paid via submission platform (Filmfreeway).
Cash prize will be send to the winner by PayPal. All PayPal fees, fees of Filmfreeway are reducing the cash prize.
No premier requirement.
We only accept submissions via platforms (Filmfreeway). We don’t accept submissions via post, e-mail and so on.
Works in progress are not accepted.
You may submit multiple entries but must make a separate entry for every film and pay an entry fee for each.

If your video is selected, you should send us by e-mail ASAP:
- projection copy (downloadable link) of the video (FULL HD 1920*1080, H264, MP4, no more than 2 Gb) - if film will need Russian subtitles, you should send us the screening copy without subtitles and the file with English subtitles and time-codes in .SRT format;
- press-kit: poster, stills, photo/biography/filmography, screening/award history, premier status (World, International, European, Russian, Saint-Petersburg, none).

The SPIFF is not paying any fees for the screenings of the accepted films during the SPIFF.
By submitting to the SPIFF you are giving permission for the SPIFF to showcase your work, if it’s selected, no more than 3 times at the festival and use the work, press-kit for promotional purposes.
By submitting to the SPIFF, you are attesting that this work is yours and that you have the authority to submit this work to the SPIFF and agree to all of the rules of the current screening and the festival as a whole.
The SPIFF has the right to change the rules, dates and venues of screenings. All changes will be posted on the SPIFF site and at the SPIFF group https://www.facebook.com/groups/spiffestival
By submitting your film to the SPIFF, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the SPIFF and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing spiffestival@gmail.com and include in the subject line: “SPIFF question”
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spiffestival

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  • Very happy with festival!! Very good communications and treat filmmakers with respect!

    Our film FRANCISZKA won 3 prizes there! So honored!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Elias, we were happy to screen "Franciszka" in the program of SPIFF Dance Video World Cup! Congratulations with the main award and thank you for your review!

  • Tatiana Moshkova

    The communication with the festival was great from the beginning, being the citizen of St. Petersburg I was invited to attend my screening in person. The location of the festival was in a beautiful modern theatre. The program was well-put together and the audience was receiving the films so nicely. I got asked many questions after the screening. I really enjoyed the experience. I would definitely send my next film to the festival!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Tatiana, thank you for your review and for visiting the screening of SPIFF program of films and animation for kids! We are waiting for your new animation for adults to screen it into the SPIFF. And also big THANK YOU for the little gifts - stickers of your film - for our little audience :)

  • Sam Asaert

    This is a festival that gets it! A great selection of films, showcased in the beautiful and historic city of Saint Petersburg, to an engaging audience. The organizers of the festival understand the importance of communication and make sure the filmmakers are up to date on everything. A pleasure to have had my film presented here, and a true honor to have it be awarded as well. I look forward already to the next edition of SPIFF!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Sam, thank you for your review and for your film "Of Ecstasy"! We will be happy to screen your next film at SPIFF!

  • chadi aoun

    Great experience with the festival's coordination!
    Unfortunately I was not able to be part festival on the ground.
    But the team made sure that I was involved in the evolution and process with care and warmth.
    Thank you for all your efforts!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Chadi, thank you so much for your brilliant film "SAMT (silence)" and for the review!

  • ioanna tsinividi

    Unfortunately I could not attend but communication with the festival was perfect. Hoping to be there next time!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Ioanna, thank you for your review and for the beautiful film!