The festival “Hero” is meant to be a platform for pondering and discussing the moral compass for modern youth. The festival organizers believe that it is one of the most important educational topics. Such values as patriotism, tolerance, and traditional virtues are discussed at all the festival events in some or other way. All the festival material is chosen in accordance with multi-genre and multi-cultural approaches. The concept of hero is represented in all spheres, and in all film genres (fiction film, animated film, documentary): a hero that inspires us to perform good deeds, accomplishes small and major feats every second, and helps us to determine life values, priorities and our moral compass.

The idea of searching a modern hero provides food for thought at the discussion panels both for cinema professionals and audience. The development of the film industry for children is the question of present interest for professionals – who is the hero for children and adolescents? A discussion club for children is to be organized after watching a film.

The festival traces its origins back to 2018 when it was held in All-Russian format. II International Film Festival for Children and Youth "Hero" will be the only international film festival for children and youth on the territory from Eastern Siberia to Sakhalin. The appearance of a professional film contest festival for children in Krasnoyarsk is another reminder of how important it is to make films for young viewers. Moreover, the festival supports those rare filmmakers who create and promote this part of cinematography nowadays.

Festival will take from 20 to 24 may, 2024 in Krasnoyarsk Region. The jury of "Hero" will include foreign experts, both domestic and foreign films will be included in the program. Creative meetings, lectures, educational laboratories, round tables/discussion platforms and thematic workshops will be held during the festival.

Application procedure and participation conditions
6.1. Applications for the competition and non-competition programs of the Festival are accepted online from November 3, 2023, to December 30, 2023, inclusively, if sent to the Organizer’s email or through the website
The competition and non-competition show programs of the Festival are made up by the Screening Committee until March 14, 2024, inclusively.
The Applicant shall own exclusive or non-exclusive rights for using the film featured in the application, and (or) rights for transferring them to other parties.
Participation in the competition and non-competition programs of the Festival is free of charge. The Applicant may submit several applications for the competition and non-competition programs of the Festival.
Films admitted to the competition program:
- full-length feature films produced in 2022 or later, duration of 50 minutes and above;
- short feature films produced in 2022 or later, duration under 35 minutes;
- full-length animation films produced in 2021 or later, duration of 50 minutes and above;
- short animation films produced in 2022 or later, duration under 35 minutes;
- documentary films produced in 2022 or later, duration under 100 minutes;
- special nomination for children: “Who is your hero?”, films produced in 2022 or later, duration under 35 minutes.

Application for participation in the Festival implies the author’s or the group of authors’ consent to film shows during the Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Zelenogorsk, Nazarovo, settlement of Balakhta of the Krasnoyarsk Region from the 20th to the 24th of May 24, during the Festival Echo in the Krasnoyarsk Territory from the 25th of May to the 30th of June 2024 inclusively, and to using film fragments for making a Festival video compilation at the end of the event.
The competition and/or non-competition programs’ participants guarantee complying with the regulations of the civil legislation of the Russian Federation.
The liability under all the copyright-related claims filed as a result of the film shows shall be borne by the person applying for the competition and/or non-competition programs of the Festival.

Should any demands, claims, or lawsuits be filed by any third parties, including the holders of copyrights for the presented films, the Festival participant shall resolve the issue on their own, on their own behalf and at their own expense.

Participation in the Festival implies transferring the right for the film fragments broadcast (10% of the total film length, but not more than 3 minutes) to Russian and foreign TV channels. The same rights shall be provided for publication of film fragments on the Internet.
Upon the decision of the Screening Committee, the works containing propaganda of violence, drug use, smoking, alcoholism, offence to human dignity, incitements to racial and national hatred, antipatriotic spirit, shall not be admitted to the competition and non-competition programs of the Festival. The Screening Committee’s decision in this regard is final and not subject to any appeal.
The films not admitted to the competition program may be shown in the non-competition program upon prior consent of the copyright holders.
All films selected for the Festival participation may be included in the Organizer’s film stock to be demonstrated for cultural and education purposes at the Festival Organizer’s special events for an unlimited term, upon prior consent of the copyright holders.
Technical requirements to the competing films
Films submitted to the competition program shall be in DCP and HD formats.
Films submitted to the non-competition program may be in formats DCP, HD, and DVD. The films are submitted through download links before May 01, 2024; for DCP format, with a key open within the period of May 01-24, 2024 for participation in the Festival and within the period from May 25 to June 30, 2024 for participation in the Festival Echo program.
The application entry shall contain a link to online view with English subtitles or a link to downloading a light version of the film through a file hosting service. It is recommended to use the file hosting services with no storage term restrictions so that the films remain available until the end of the Festival (Yandex Disk, Cloud etc.).
Films in foreign languages shall be submitted with English subtitles (obligatory) and with Russian subtitles, if any. Films in Russian language shall be submitted with English subtitles.
All films shall have a subtitle cue sheet in English language.
Film assessment criteria
In every nomination of the competition program, one winner is selected.
The Judges assess the films based on a 10-grade scale for the following criteria:
- originality of the script concept and the author’s idea;
- integrity of the idea and its representation;
- compliance of the selected expressive tools to the artistic concept;
- creativity, individuality, innovation, extraordinariness of the author’s thinking;
- logic and entirety of the composition solution;
- overall art value of the film;
- the interpretation of a contemporary hero for children and youth.

The Judges make their decision by a simple open majority vote. The decision is formulated in the protocol signed by all members of the Judges’ Board and the Chairman of the Board. The Judges’ decisions are final and not subject to any appeal.
In the event of equal score, the casting vote is given by the Chairman of the Board.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks so much for selected our documentary short Echoes From The Blue Meadow.

    June 2024
  • Galina Fesenko

    Thank you very much for the large-scale film festival for children! We were very glad that our film became participants of this magnificent event and received a special diploma from the jury!

    May 2022