Solaris Film Festival is an international film festival with live screening .
Our first issue took place successfully in Hotel Campanile, Nice France on the dates 1.6 - 3.6 2017.
In 2023 we decided to organize this event in Helsinki, Finland due to the dire sanitary situation in France.

Our festival promotes independent filmmaking and we support auteur cinema.

The SOLARIS FILM FESTIVAL was founded to bring the most original filmmakers together with diverse audiences for its annual program of feature and short films, experimental films, and student work. All genres are welcome.

The Festival’s name is an homage to the Andrei Tarkovsky iconic film Solaris. The film by Tarkovsky is not only a science fiction film but also a philosophical and poetical narrative.

We are looking for the most profound and original films and prefer to see films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than political purposes or commercial profit.

The Festival is dedicated to the discovery of the independent international artists and also welcomes established filmmakers. We do not require Premiere status, you can submit any film completed within 3 years.

Feature Film
Golden Victory Statue and certificate is awarded to the Best Feature Film

Short Film
Golden Victory Statue and certificate is awarded to the Best Short Film
Best Documentary - Golden Victory Statue and certificate.

Animated Film
Golden Victory Statue and certificate is awarded to the Best Animated Film

Music Video
Best Music Video - Golden Victory Statue and certificate

Andrei Tarkovsky Award
Golden Victory Statue and certificate is awarded to the film which continues the traditions of Andrei Tarkovsky

There will also be the following awards for:

Best Actor (Male) - certificate.
Best Actor (Female) – certificate.
Best Director – certificate.
Best Screenplay – certificate.
Best Cinematography – certificate.
Best Original Music Score – certificate.

We encourage the submission of international film or video entries, but all entries must be in English or have English dubbing or subtitles.
All entries must be available for screening during the festival. We welcome Feature Films and Short Films.
You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee. Fees are not refundable.
We accept online submissions.
Please submit films using FilmFreeway.
All films should have been completed within 3 years.
All awards are based on the overall merit of the entry. Decisions by the judges are final.
Finalists will be notified a month before if their entry will be screened at the Solaris Film Festival and considered with the other finalists for the top awards.
Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.
Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Solaris Film Festival.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Solaris Film Festival.
Filmmakers are not paid for screening at the Festival and Solaris Film Festival does not provide submission fee waivers.
At least one representative of the team should be present at the award ceremony.

Overall Rating
  • We could not be happier to be awarded from this festival named after one of the most classic sci-fi psychological films of all time! Thank you, Solaris Film Festival! -- MKD

    November 2023
    Solaris square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Rachel Walker Mason

    Great contest, good communication with the team

    November 2023
  • Chris Chan Lee

    It was a great honor to be a part of the Solaris Film Festival in the feature film category. Thank you Solaris for bringing our film to a new audience for the in-person experience. A privilege to be a part of the program! I hope to participate with Solaris again in the future!

    October 2022
  • xavier zahra

    thank you Solaris Film for meeting and discovering great talented and bright humans!!!


    October 2022
  • Thank you so much for screening REVENGE OF A GRANDMOTHER (LA VENGEANCE D'UNE GRAND-MÈRE) and awarding it BEST SHORT FILM! We are very honored and hope to be able to attend the festival at another occasion personally.

    October 2022