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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  • 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!

  • Dana Shamshura

    My documentary was selected and eventually won an award at the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival. I was happy to be a part of this event. The organisers were so enthusiastic and attentive. Everything was at the highest level. Thanks a lot.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Dana, it was great to meet you in person on the World premier of "The HOOP"! Our congratulations with the Award for the Best documentary and thank you for the review!

  • Vivian Kerr

    Though we couldn't attend in person, the communication and quality of this festival was very high! We were really pleased to be included and the staff emails were clear and thorough. Worth submitting to!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Vivian, thank you for your review and for submitting "Scrap" to SPIFF. Congratulations with such a brilliant work and the Award for the Best film!

  • My film “Bloom” won the award for Best Choreography at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF) Dance Video World Cup 2019! Right from the start the communication was excellent with this festival and was an overall amazing experience. I plan to continue submitting future projects to SPIFF and attending their events to come. They were extremely professional and made me feel celebrated as a filmmaker. Thank you for having our film and for everything you have done!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Andrew, our congratulations with the Award! Thank you for your review, we hope to screen your next film at SPIFF!

  • Katla Sólnes

    All the people involved with SPIFF had swift, clear and kind communications. Any and all questions were answered immediately and the festival itself treated me warmly. Was very sad to not have made it, but hopefully I'll see them soon with my next short film. I was very honored to receive the award for Best Director and will cherish this milestone. Hopefully I'll see you soon in Russia. Thank you again.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Katla, thank you very much for your review! Your film was one of the most voted by the audience and we are waiting to screen your next film in Saint-Petersburg and to meet you in Russia :)