Zaporizhzhia International Film Festival

The purposes of the festival are:
* to acquaint cinema lovers around the globe with the world's best short in documentary, fiction and animation genre.
* to discover talanted directors and open them to the world.
* to spread domestic cinema, support of national cinema, as well as films and video works of co-production that preserve the traditions of Ukrainian cinematography.
* popularization of hometown and Zaporizhzhia region by means of cinema art.

Best Shorts will participate Zaporizhzhia International Film Festival.
The best films and their authors will have an opportunity to get the main prize of the festival.


- Completed after January 1st, 2018
- Completed films accepted only
- Run time of less than 20 minutes
- Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

Firstly, the films are prewatched by the selection committee members based in Ukraine.

Secondly, after the best films are selected, the films are proposed to take part in Zaporizhzhia International Film Festival.

Thirdly, the official jury of the festival will choose the best film in every nomination of the International Competition:
- the best fiction short
- the best documentary short
- the best animated short

There are the following nominations in the National Competition:
- the best Ukrainian fiction short
- the best Ukrainian documentary short
- the best Ukrainian animated short

The festival requires preview screeners of films to be submitted online (with private Youtube or Vimeo links ONLY). We do not accept physical submissions, i.e. DVDs.

Overall Rating
  • Jalaladdin Gasimov

    Everything was great, thank you so much!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Jalaladdin, thank you too for your amazing documentary Film!

  • Frédéric Becquelin-Miler

    Very proud to be Finalist at this ukrainian festival. Thank you Anastasiia for your professionalism.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Frédéric, thank you for the kind words!
    It is our honor to include your wonderful Film "Complete woman" into the program of "ZIFF" 2019.

  • Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun

    Thank you for organizing the event and awarding our documentary ("Between Hell and Paradise" - Best of luck in the years to come!

    October 2018
  • Dima Tcaci

    I'm Finalist of ZIFF 2018. ZIFF staff did not come with any news about result. I send an email where I congratulated and asked them about results, they did not come with any information on email and they have not update the info on FilmFreeWay.
    Thank you ZIFF for appreciation, but next time try make all things on time. Best regard, Dima.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dima, thank you for your feedback. It will help us to become better. We'll try hard to do our best. Kind Regards, Festival Team

  • Akhil Sathyan

    Proud to be a Winner in this festival. Feel Honoured.

    December 2017