The Flahertiana festival named after this American filmmaker rests upon principles first used by Robert Flaherty in his film “Nanook of the North”. The main principle of such films is portraying the protagonist's real life on film and structuring it on the screen according to the laws of dramaturgy. The main methods are long-term observation and habitual camera. All decisions of the festival selection commission, which consists of film critics Viktoria Belopolskaya and Marina Drozdova and filmmakers Boris Karadzhev and Pavel Petchenkin, are made based on these principles.

The first edition of the festival was held in 1995 and until 2006 it was held once in two years. That time it was more like theoretic workshop not competition.

Since 2006 the festival officially became annual international documentary film festival with international competition jury and FIPRESCI jury.

The festival program also includes Russian documentaries competition “Russian Flahertiana” as well as various special programs: jury members’ films, childrens' film program, program of the Russian State Archives of Film and Photo Documents, programs investigating different social and humanitarian issues.

Different seminars, round-table discussions, theoretical conferences, workshops are also held in the frameworks of the festival.

International Jury Awards:

- Grand Prix for «The Best Documentary» — «Big Golden Nanook» and 250,000 rub.* (to film director)

- Award for «Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes» — «Silver Nanook» and 75,000 rub.* (to film director)

- Award for «Original Artistic Solution» — «Silver Nanook» and 75,000 rub.* (to film director)

National Competition Jury Award for the best film of «Russian Flahertiana» program — «Small Golden Nanook» and 25,000 rub. (to film director).

Student Films Competition Jury awards for the Best Student Film and 20,000 (to film director)

Audience Award is awarded to film director, who is selected by public voting throughout the festival. (Only international competition program movies can be selected).

Organizing Committee Award is given to director of the film taking part in the National Competition «Russian Flahertiana».

*- Prize money is paid in rubles, dollars or euros (as winners decide).


XIX International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana will take place in Perm, Russia, from 20 to 26 September 2019.

International Competition is a basic part of the festival film program.

Documentaries that develop the cinematography aesthetics first introduced by Robert Flaherty in his masterpiece Nanook of the North enter the competition.

Within Flahertiana the following events are held along with the main competition program:

– National Competition Russian Flahertiana, the winner of which is determined based on National Competition Jury voting.

– Student Films Competition, the winner of which is determined based on Student Films Competition Jury voting.

– Special programs devoted to cinematography of different countries, to film festivals, directors, and social problems;

– Workshops, theoretic discussions, seminars, discussion panels.

How to submit your film?

To submit your film, please:

- fill in the Entry form (find it on our website);

- send a link to watch online or download the preview of your film to the official festival e-mail

Film preview copies should have English subtitles or voice-over. The festival does not charge any fees for entry.


The Entry form and the preview link must be submitted no later than May 10th, 2019.

General Festival Screening Requirements

Films should be released after January 1st, 2018.

Films to be selected for competition may be of any length except super-short (less than 7 minutes);
Film copy provided should be with English subtitles in international format *.SRT

The Festival accepts the high-quality screening copies (digital media can be in the following formats: mp4, m2ts, mkv with Full HD quality).

If a film does not meet all listed requirements, it may not be included in the competition program.

More detailed technical requirements will be sent to the participants of the competition programs in a separate file by e-mail.

Selection Procedures

Selection Commission headed by the Chairman selects documentaries that participate in all program sections. In case a film has been selected, the Festival notifies the applicant, director, producer and distributor of the fact after July 1st, 2019.

Once the film has been selected, the following materials should be sent to the IDFF before July 15th, 2019:

- three stills (full-colour) (not less than 300 dpi);

- a photo of director (full-colour) (not less than 300 dpi);

- film publicity material;

- film trailer;

- English subtitles in international format *.SRT;

- Dialogue list in Russian or English with the timecode.

If a documentary has been selected the Festival has the right to:

- use three minutes from the documentary for broadcasting or other purposes associated with the film and Festival promotion;
- use film trailer for the promotion of the film or the festival
- use the publicity material to promote the film and the Festival;

- keep DVD copies of selected documentaries in its archive for non-commercial screening or educational purposes.

- if the film wins one or several nominations the Festival has the right for one additional screening of this film in the weekend next to the Closing Ceremony.

Festival does not pay screening fee for films in competition.

Participation in the Festival envisages that all clauses of the above Regulations are to be fully met. In case of disputes, the Russian version of the Regulations will prevail.

Tel/fax: (342) 241-38-02 (for Russian speaking applicants)
Mob.: +7 (905) 864-88-66 (for English speaking applicants)

Festival team is ready to answer all your questions!