The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival showcases the world's best youth-made short films. It is a diverse collection that includes all genres, celebrates youth culture, and unveils a new generation of filmmakers.

Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging youth filmmakers under the age of 18, around the world to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through cinema. The festival looks to celebrate and inspire filmmakers to develop their technical and creative skills and become true ambassadors of respect and understanding for the future.

Having the most competitive pricing in the youth film festival circuit we do understand that there are projects that cannot afford the submission fees. For those projects we offer a full fee waiver if the project is a short film under 10 minutes completely made by filmmakers under the age of 18. Please write an email to our Filmmaker Relations Department 'relations@stoneflowerfest.com' with a link to your film and explaining your circumstances to get a fee waiver. Please be aware that there are limited number of fee waivers available and writing to us does not guarantee the project receiving the waiver.

All films received that follow the festival's rules and guidelines will be firstly thoroughly viewed by a pre-jury and secondly by a selection jury. The winners will be chosen by a youth jury.

All selected films will receive laurels and the winning films will receive digital certificates and a mention in the local media.

SFYFF will have the following award categories this season.

Audience Award
Best International Short
Best Russian Short
Best Ural Film
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Three Minute Film
Best Experimental
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Best Women in Film
Best Dance
Best Music
Best Editing
Best Film For Change
Best Community/Charity
Best Sound Design
Best Music Video
Best Short Screenplay

Judging Critera

Concept & Writing
Is the story or concept unique? Is the storytelling or narrative coherent, and does it hold your attention? Does the writing have resonance and stay with you long after viewing it? Determining the quality of concept & writing considers all the elements that go into the creative process and how successfully the original idea is communicated.

Quality of Craft
Determining the quality of craft focuses on the filmmaking process and technical execution. This includes the appearance and quality of the captured image, editing, sound design and audio integration, performances, lighting, and all the aspects that account for a memorable viewing experience. Quality of Craft means more than just a pretty looking film or video, and it doesn’t necessitate that it be cutting edge or trendy.

Integration
How well the work is implemented in the medium? Can you fully experience the quality of the work, or are there technical or media-specific issues preventing you from experiencing it to its fullest?

Execution
The brilliance of an idea can easily fall flat if not executed properly. Execution becomes more difficult when taking into account the different ways media is consumed including differences in technology, location and user preferences. While reviewing Execution, consider the following: Is the experience seamless?

Overall Experience
Demonstrating that a film or video can be more or less than the sum of its parts, the overall experience encompasses concept & writing, execution, quality of craft, as well as the intangibles that provoke viewer response. Repeat viewing or visiting generally indicates a generally positive overall experience.

In order to be considered, all submissions must:

1) be made by youth 18 years old and younger, (filmmakers must be under 18 but actors can be of any age) [this is for under 18 categories]
2) be under 30 minutes (including titles and credits), [for short films] and under 100 minutes [for feature films]
3) be original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use,
4) have original music or music you have permission to use,
5) be in Russian or with Russian subtitles
6) have a high-quality PAL version of the film available
7) must be suitable for children under 18

Short screenplays can be written by writers under and over the age of 18. Screenplays should be written in English or Russian and shouldn't be more than 10 pages. We accept PDFs only.

PARTICIPATION CONDITIONS
Participation does not require and prerequisite registration. Please be aware of the categories and fees. Choose carefully as there are no refunds. If in doubt, please contact us. Our friendly crew would be happy to help. All proposals received after the deadline and/or not meeting the above criteria will be excluded from the competition.

To be considered for the "Best Ural Film" award the filmmaker should reside in the Ural region. (Bashkortostan Republic, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Kurgan Oblast, Orenburg Oblast, Perm Krai, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Tyumen Oblast, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Udmurt Republic).

To be considered for the "Community and Charity" award the film-maker and/or the group submitting the film should be part of a registered community group, a registered community enterprise group, a non profit or a registered charity group. Evidence supporting this claim should be provided in the form of a cover letter and supporting documents attached (if you have them).

COPYRIGHT
Each participant or team submitting a proposal recognizes that he/she/they is the author of the film. The participants must also certify that the submission does not affect any third-party rights and does not violate copyright, directly or indirectly. The selected projects will become the non-exclusive property of The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival, which reserve the right to use, modify, exhibit in the present and in the future, sell as a by-product of the festival, adapt and reproduce the poster and film in any medium, without any given time limit. The original copyright will still be held by the filmmakers. Participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions and clearances related to the reproduction of people’s names, photos and moving images.

PREFFERED FORMAT
1920*1080 (Full HD, 1080p), but not less than 720х576. Sound 24 kHz or higher and compression: MP3, WAV, AAC.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival was such a pleasant surprise, and a wonderful experience in so many ways. From our initial selection email, through file delivery, and beyond - the communication, clarity, integrity and professionalism of this festival has been exceptional. Besides filmmaker communication, asset delivery info and audience experience, SFYFF is just so easy to promote, and to feel great about. The festival values, mission, dynamic range of team members are solid - and the sheer excellence of SFYFF branding, quality of presentation, social media presence(s) and compelling website actually make it a joy to be a part of. All these elements truly help filmmakers feel they are in good hands - and makes SFYFF a genuine pleasure to promote from our side. Also, the fact that they interview participating filmmakers to inspire, positively influence and encourage the next generation of young filmmakers says everything! Our world needs more festivals like SFYFF. Very grateful we submitted - and thank you to SFYFF for selecting "Hit List" and "Eraser" from the Love Project, for your 3rd Season. We hope to submit again in the future! Спасибо тебе за все!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jamie,

    Your words are so inspiring and touching that the crew at SFYFF has decided to print and frame this comment on our wall! It's people like you that make our work so much fun and filmmakers like you that make the world a wonderful and beautiful place to be.

    Thank you so much for sharing your films with us and congratulations on the well deserved win for Eraser. We sincerely hope to have the opportunity to watch the next masterpiece from you and your talented team.

    Keep in touch!

  • We, "The Children of the FABIDO day care center "Dürener Straße" and me as the supervisor of the project, are more than happy having been selected first. Unfortunately we could not go there, because of the long distance. But it was as if we would have been there, because of the warm communication. And we are really proud having won an award. Hope to join the festival one time in the future.

    November 2021
  • Wonderful film festival. Great creative team. I enjoyed participating in the program. I recommend everything to filmmakers!

    November 2021
  • Отличный фестиваль! Благодарим жюри за высокую оценку нашего фильма! Фестивалю желаем роста и продвижения на международном уровне! Спасибо Вам!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Здравствуйте, Михаил! Спасибо Вам за такие теплые слова. Ваш фильм по праву получил такую высокую оценку, это замечательная работа. Желаем вам творческих успехов и ждем от вас новых творений!

  • mahmut taş

    It was wonderful to be a part of such a beautiful festival that was very well organized. I would like to thank all those who contributed. It was an unforgettable and wonderful experience for us.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mahmut! It was a pleasure to have screened your film. Congratulations on the win! Hope to see more of your projects in season 4.