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 'firstname.lastname@example.org' 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.
Best International Short
Best Russian Short
Best Ural Film
Best Feature Film
Best Three Minute Film
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Best Women in Film
Best Film For Change
Best Sound Design
Best Music Video
Best Short Screenplay
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.
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?
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?
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 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).
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.
1920*1080 (Full HD, 1080p), but not less than 720х576. Sound 24 kHz or higher and compression: MP3, WAV, AAC.
Response from festival:
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.
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