We are announcing World cup of genre cinema! The winners will receive cash prizes!

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.

SPIFF makes regular thematic screenings in different places of Saint-Petersburg.

Our motto: No internet screenings - only live show!

The Best sci-fi, fantasy film (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best comedy (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best thriller, crime film, noir (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best horror (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best war film (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best romantic film (lovestory) (cash prize - 25% of submission fee, received in this category)
The Best director
The Best DOP
The Best screenplay
The Best actor
The Best actress
The best original music in the film
The best sound design
The Best editing
The audience choice
Special mentions

Every accepted video will receive the official laurel of the SPIFF.
Director of every accepted video will receive discount for the next submission to the SPIFF.

We are announcing World cup of genre cinema! The winners will receive cash prizes!

We are accepting submissions of genre short fiction and animation films, which will be screened at the end of 2018 and at the start of 2019 in different places of Saint-Petersburg.

No internet screenings — only live show!

Exact dates and places 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 2014 year, in such genres as:
- sci-fi, fantasy
- comedy
- thriller, crime films, noir
- horror
- war films
- romantic films (lovestories)

We are accepting dramas only if they fit the above mentioned categories, for example, criminal drama, war drama etc.

Entry fee

4,5 $ — Earlybird deadline (30.06.2018).

9 $ — Regular deadline (30.09.2018).

12 $ — Late deadline (30.11.2018).

14 $ — Extended deadline (31.12.2018).

Free film entry - only for filmmakers from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

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);
- 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”

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Overall Rating
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Networking
  • We were very happy to be selected and to win a price, the festival has a good networking and very good communication, unfortunately we were not able to go to Saint Petersburg

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Virginie, thank you for your review and your talented and passionate dance video!

  • Lui Mendes

    Great communication. Very kind people.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Lui, thank you for your review! I am absolutely sure that your next dance video will be in our competition, because of the great interest of the audience to your video, which was screened during our last dance video programm.

  • George and Lukas Visitor

    Proud to be award winners at such a great festival in a beautiful city! Will definitely be submitting again.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear George and Lukas Visitor, thank you very much for your review and for beautiful music video! Congratulations with the award!

  • Asaf Yecheskel

    We didn't attend so I can't comment on that but the festival staff kept us informed through the whole process and were very communicative. It was great to be a part of the festival and we hope to succeed again next year.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Asaf, thank you very much for your review and for submitting such great music video to our Fesrtival! We are proud, that you video won the Grand-Prix, voted by the audience!

  • Liudmila Komrakova

    Great festival, with greater intentions. We are honored to become an award winner with our film Taste of Night. Ilia is a pleasure to work and to trust your film. The communication is perfect and the coverage at social media is amazing. The choice of the films is really impressive and include films from all continents. The audience was open minded and very friendly. We would definitely submit to again.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Liudmila, thank you for such kind words! We are delighted, that your film "Taste of Night" won the Grand-Prix, especially, because this is the first Grand-Prix of our festival, which was given by the audience to the Russian film.