The International Festival of Animation Arts "Multivision" is an annual event in St.Petersburg, Russia, held in November. The festival includes competition in animation shorts (duration 1 - 30 min) and video installations evaluated by a professional jury.

The festival program explores the latest developments in international animation, its influence on other artistic practices, synthesis of animation art with other visual and performance arts.

Multivision’s 14th edition will be held on October 28 - November 20, 2016.

Multivision Festival aims to create an innovative dialogue with its audience, to integrate animation art in the environment of the modern megapolis. Multivision is known by its open-air summer projects: the public screening of the special competition programs at the erected parts of drawbridges on the Neva River in the center of St.Petersburg, from 2007. The festival program is projected on the giant screen 400 square meters attached to the bridge surface. A street cinema competition is held in summer, on evident weather reasons, in the framework of Multivision’s public art project Multi-Bridge. This open air screening of the competition program is admission free and gathers more than 30 000 spectators. It is an excellent chance for shorts filmmakers to show their work to such a wide audience. Street cinema competition is a part of the main competition and festival's entry forms work for both.

The festival features a special competition of animated video installations, submissions under "Animated video installations" category. Works selected in this category take part in the festival exhibition at Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St.Petersburg, Russia

Awards & Prizes

The awards are:
The Grand-Prix of the festival;
The Best Story
The Best Visual Imagery
The Best animated film for children;
The Best experimental animated film;
The Best animation video installation
The Best Street Art Animation
and other awards and mentions on the Jury's decision.
Entry forms, regulations, contacts and the information on the previous editions one can find at the official site www.mutivision.ru
The majority of prizes are cups and diplomas, but sometimes we have cash prizes from sponsors (TBC for this year)

Rules & Terms

Regulations

1. The status of the Festival.

1.1. The 14th annual International Animation Arts Festival “Multivision”
will take place October 28 - November 20, 2016, in St.Petersburg, Russia.

1.2. The festival has it's summer open-air public art project called Multi-Bridge (or graFFFest in 2011-2013) It features the competition of animated shorts screened at the drawbridges in the city center free for the public. The Best Street Animation competition is a part of Multivision festival. The date for 2016 is the 13th of August

1.3. The President and Director of the festival is Svetlana Petrova.

1.4. The official languages of the Festival: Russian, English.

1.5. The Festival is supported by Committee of Culture of the Administration of St.Petersburg.

2. Main activity areas and objectives. The concept.

2.1. The Festival is an annual screening of the best works in world animation and Russian animation.

2.2. The festival aims to illuminate recent developments and trends in modern animation art from Russia and abroad; to promote a dialogue between artists of different countries; to acquaint the general public with the opportunities for expression that the achievements of new technologies offer; to the show the continuity between modern and classical art. The festival has been created to give a new impetus to the development of Russian animation art, which is our national pride.

2.3. The festival aims to encourage experience-sharing initiatives between Russian and foreign animation directors, developing new ideas, styles and technologies.

2.4. To select and award best animated films, submitted for the festival.

2.5. To increase animation art popularity by involving the public, to encourage the interest of children and young people in the art of animation and to stimulate their creative potential.

2.6. To provide extra-curricular education and training opportunities for schoolchildren and youth by introducing them to the basics of animation, cinema, art, theatre and scenography, revealing children's talents and skills in this area, potentially preparing them for future career choices)

2.7. The Festival features the following film screenings: competition and non-competition film screenings as well as a retrospective program.

2.8 The organizers of the Festival designates a proficient jury consisting of prominent persons from the field of animation and art.

2.10. The organizer of the Festival appoints the chairman of the international jury and ratifies the jury regulation.

2.11. The jury may not include people who have participated in the making or distribution of any film taking part in the competition screening.

3. Festival participants:

3.1. The festival will be open to all professional animation filmmakers from around the world who submit films in keeping with the regulations of the event as well as an entry form.

4. Nominations and prizes.

4.1. The films included in the Festival program are evaluated by the professional jury, in accordance with the following nominations:

The Grand-Prix of the festival;
The Best Story
The Best Visual Imagery
The Best animated film for children;
The Best animation, made by children;
The Best student animation;
The Best experimental animated film;
The Best animation video installation
The Best Street Animation prize (NB! competition in this nomination is held in summer apart of the main festival on evident weather reasons)
and other mentions according to the Jury decision

4.2. The jury awards the following prizes:

Prizes for each nomination;
Special prizes and awards:
Prizes awarded by nongovernmental organizations and sponsors.

One can get an idea of the Festival Cups here

5. Competition program requirements:

5.1. Films must comply with all the requirements raised for animated films.

6. Film selection regulations.

6.1. The selection committee selects films for the Festival program. The decisions of the selection committee are indisputable.

6.2. The organizer of the Festival reserves the right to include films of high artistic value, that for outer reasons have not been submitted for selection in due time, into the Festival program.

6.3. Only films finished after January 1, 2014, are accepted for selection in all competitions except "Best street animation".

6.4. We also accept films finished after January 1, 2011, for selection in "the Best street art animation" competition. The films should fit the competition theme of the year 2016 - "The Big Family"

6.5. Selection results will be announced 1 October 2016

6.6. The Best City Animation competition theme of this year will be announced in May 2016. All films applied for Multivision 2016 enter in The Best Street Animation Competition if they correspond the theme, have all audiences or 12+ age rating and running time not more than 10 min.

Selection for this competition will be announced 1 August and winners will be announced 15 August.

7. Non-contest program requirements:

The non-contest program will consist of several parts:

Part 1: films, submitted to the festival but not selected for the competition, which still merit to be screened at the festival.
Part 2: retrospectives of animation classics
Part 3: the programs of famous animation artists, which are invited to the festival.

8. Film submitting.

8.1. Films should be submitted online or sent on a DVD, Blu-Ray or data discs. We prefer online submissions.
Online film submission is a film file uploaded to online submission services where the festival is listed, or to any FTP-server or file hosting with the link sent to us by e-mail info@multivision.ru
- or film at the video hostings Youtube and Vimeo with the link sent by e-mail.
HD quality is appreciated

8.2. The films with dialogues must be supplied with dialogue sheets.

8.3. Along with the film copy a filled entry form, 1 frame from the film ( jpg files, 300 dpi), biographies and filmography of the authors of the film, synopsis, full film credits must be submitted.

8.4. Entry forms:

Filled entry forms in text doc files should be submitted via email: info@multivision.ru

Signed entry forms (scanned or on paper) and all additional materials should be submitted via email: info@multivision.ru or sent on disc alongside with the film copy to the festival postal address.

8.5. All applications, all copies of the films and additional materials must be submitted to the Festival not later than 1st August 2016, by e-mail or by the address of the festival mailbox:

Multivision festival
(WP 1485)
PO Box 109
Lappeenranta
53101 Finland

tel. +7 812 5756880
E-mail: info@multivison.ru

Attention! The address above is a mailbox and works only with the ordinary ‘snail” mail, there is nobody to sign the delivery. It takes a week.
If you prefer to use delivery as DHL, UPS, Fedex etc., please, send it to our office: Multivision Festival, c/o Svetlana Petrova, Rubinsteina str. 16 apt. 5, 191025 St.Petersburg, Russia, tel. +7 812 9360373.

But please, never use our office address for the "snail" mail: Russian snail mail is the snailest mail in the world.

8.5. The organizer of the Festival takes full responsibility for the submitted material from the moment it is received. Viewing copies are not returned.

8.6 Screening copies are film files.
Guidelines for screening copies film files:
resolution - not less than 1280x720 pix, 1920х1080 is preferable
Video Codec - AVC, H.264, .mp4 or .mov
Video bitrate from 10-20 Mbps. and more.
Audio - stereo
For the Final Cut users:
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) format
Better without subtitles
Subtitles text file with timecode should be submitted also

8.7 Screening film files should be uploaded to any FTP-server or file or file hosting with the link sent by e-mail
or recorded at Blu-Ray or data discs and sent by post to te festival address.

9. Arrival and departure of Festival guests

10.1. The organizer covers the part of expenses of residence in St.Petersburg (accommodation) for the participants of the competition program and guests if it has a budget for it (TBC).

10.2. Participants and summoned guests have to specify the date and time of their arrival beforehand.

10.3. Travel expenses to and from the Festival are fully covered by participants.

10. General rules.

11.1. Fragments of films (not more than 10% of the full length of the film or 3 min.) may be used in the advertising campaign of the Festival.

11.2. Information on studios, directors, and their films that have been selected for the Festival screenings will be published in the official Festival catalogue which is distributed among the participants as well as sent to mass media, embassies, international organizations and other interested organizations and individuals.

11.3. Participation in the International Animation Arts Festival “Multivision”involves complete approval of the rules and conditions stated in this regulation.

And no entry fees for participants! we hate this:)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
In addition to answering the application questions, all entrants must upload:
1. stills in the "Production Photos" section and the following items as PDFs in the "Files and Attachments" section of the "Project File" page for your film:
2. Dialogue List (in case if a film has a dialogue). We accept dialogues in following languages: English, French, Russian

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