We are announcing SPIFF World Cup of Genre Cinema 2022, which will take place during 3 days in February 2022.
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

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, Love story (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, Love story (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 2022, which will take place during 3 days in February 2022.
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 2018 year, in such genres as:
- sci-fi, fantasy, films about space
- comedy
- thriller, crime films, noir, action, martial arts, western
- horror
- drama
- romantic films, love stories.
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 2022.
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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  • L'Appat Film

    Was honored to have our film L'Appat screened and awarded at the festival!! Such an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing our work!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your review and for submission of your brilliant film!

  • 재광 한

    I am so honored that my film 'bloom on tiptoe' was selected for the festival. Thank you so much, SPIFF !

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hello! Thank you very much for your review and for submission such beautiful film that impressed our audience very much!

  • FAN LUO

    It was a great opportunity and honor to present our film at SPIFF. We were so happy and excited to be part of it. It’s a fantastic festival and the communication with the organization of the festival was absolutely perfect. Thank you for bringing us this great experience, and hopefully we’ll have a chance to present our work again at SPIFF in the future.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Fan Luo, thank you very much for your review! We will be happy to screen your next film at SPIFF!

  • Masha Kosobokova

    I was really happy that SPIFF selected my movie - it was a great opportunity to show my film in the place where it was shot (St Petersburg). I was a bit disappointed that the festival has no modern website, not many followers on the social networks and thus there was not so many people among audience. Otherwise the communication between organizers and me was perfect. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Masha, thank you for your review and participation in SPIFF.
    We would like to make comments about our site, followers and audience.
    Yes, our website requires modernization.
    BUT every year we have a choice: to invest the budget in the website or invest these money in filmmakers. And every year we decide that most filmmakers prefer to receive cash awards (more than 1200 $ per year) than to use modern site of SPIFF.
    Yes, we have not so much followers on Instagram.
    BUT we have more than 1500 members in our closed society on Facebook and all these people are in touch with SPIFF.
    Yes, we screen films in one of the most biggest cinema halls in St.Petersburg.
    BUT due to COVID-19 restrictions we can operate only 50% of the seats in the hall. And at your screening there were 115 people in the audience, so 115 people preferred to spend their money and time watching not Hollywood blockbuster, but SPIFF program of shorts, focused on Women issues. And this audience had interesting Q/A with you after the screening.

  • Katherine Velikhova

    I had an amazing experience at the SPIFF film festival, first - the theatre where were all the screenings is the best film theatre in Saint Petersburg, old and beautiful historical building with huge screens and vey high quality of image and sound. Second, the organisation and hospitality of the festival directors were on the high level. I felt very important and very happy during all the festival. And of course the program of the festival was very good chosen. I was very impressed by the films I watched there.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Katherine, thank you for your review. We were so happy to screen your film and meet you in person at SPIFF! We hope to screen your next film also.