We are announcing SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2021, which will take place during 3 days in February 2021. 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 (the only Russian film festival in the TOP 100 FilmFreeway Best reviewed film festivals)
- only live screenings at the best venues of the biggest northern city in the World
- overcrowded screening halls

We are announcing SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2021, which will take place during 3 days in February 2021 in the Main hall (460 seats) of the central cinema hall of St.Petersburg - "Rodina".

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 (100$ cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Comedy (100$ cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Thriller, Crime film, Noir, Action, Martial Arts, Western (100$ cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Horror (100$ cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Drama (100$ cash prize)
Audience Award for The Best Romantic Film, Lovestory (100$ 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 Arts, 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 SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2021, which will take place during 3 days in February 2021 in the Main hall (460 seats) of the central cinema hall of St.Petersburg - "Rodina".
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!

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 2017 year, in such genres as:
- sci-fi, fantasy, films about space
- comedy
- thriller, crime films, noir, action, martial arts, western
- 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").

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.

No premier requirement.

We only accept submissions via platforms. 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.

Jury of SPIFF
SPIFF will have an international Jury. Exact persons will be announced in 2021.

Selection
If your film 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).

SPIFF is not paying any fees for the screenings of the accepted films during the SPIFF.

Once a film is selected, the right-holder automatically authorizes SPIFF:
– to screen it in the Festival program. The right-holders of selected films agree to the screenings of the film free of charge, and will not request a screening fee;
– use a maximum of 20% of 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 SPIFF extended promotional screenings during the 12 months from the end of the festival free of charge.

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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  • MARCELA COSSÍOS

    Thank you very much for selecting our short film at your festival. We are honored to have the premiere with you. The communication has been incredible and the whole team is happy.

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Marcela, thank you very much for your review and for your film, touching soul of audience!

  • Vadim Gordt

    Thanks for the good festival! Looking forward to participate next years!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Vadim, thank you for the review! Looking forward to screen your next film at SPIFF.

  • Giorgio Fontana

    The SPIFF has been one the best Festivals where our film American Marriage has been screened - and we have screened at many festivals.

    One of the organizer, Ilia, even gave us detailed instructions on how to get visas to Russia, even thought we didn't managed to attend.

    Our film won quite a few prizes, including a money prize that is always very nice to receive!

    SPIFF aways made us feel special and taken care of. I'm looking forward to go to Saint Petersburg with my next project and meet the SPIFF team.

    Giorgio Arcelli Fontana
    director, American Marriage

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Giorgio, thank you for your review! We are happy, that American Marriage had it's Russian premier at SPIFF and that our audience made a contribution to your next film via Audience choice cash award :)

  • Jesús Soria

    We could not attend the festival but we apprecitte that they are true film lovers!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin

    What a great festival! We were unfortunately unable to attend, but the communication from the festival was first rate and so was their selection of incredible films. It would have been wonderful to attend and screen them all in such a beautiful and historic city. Next time! We were ecstatic to have our film (Moment) selected, and very honoured to have won! On behalf of our team, thank you for such a great experience!

    Geoffrey Uloth

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear friends, thank you for the review. It was a honor to make East European premier of Moment at SPIFF! Waiting for your next film to screen it at St.Petersburg!