Insomnia International Animation Film Festival is the first Russian noncommercial open-air animation festival. Annually, on summer we find a meadow, build screens, meet guests and show best animation within a couple of nights.

Each year, the Insomnia International Animation Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several categories with the prestigious Insomnia Prizes.

The Jury of the Festival deserving films in the following categories: “Debutoria” (young animation) and “Profnastil” (professional works).

Prize List

The Grand Prize of the Insomnia Festival and $1000 - for the best film of the competition (all categories)
The Debyutoria Prize and $200 - for the best student or graduated film
The Profnastil Prize and $200 - for the best professional film
The Equilibristics Prize and $200 - for the best non-narrative or experimental film of the competition (all categories)

POLICY about the competition of the Insomnia International Animation Film Festival 2018

1. Terms and definitions

1.1. Festival (the Insomnia Festival) – VI-th Insomnia International Animation Film Festival intended to be held on July 19th through July 23th, 2018, on the territory of Yukhnovsky district of Kaluga region (Russia).
1.2. Organizer (Festival Organizer) – Autonomous Nonprofit Organization Animation film development and support center “Insomnia” (PSRN 1167700075641, TIN 7728355788).
1.3. Contest (“Dream Contest”) – a competition of works in the field of animation art with the aim to distinguish the most outstanding competitors, among the contenders for victory, conducted by the Organizer of the Festival.
1.4. Applicant – an individual, a creative team or a legal person that has submitted an application to participate in the Contest in accordance with these Regulations. Application for participation in the Contest constitutes acceptance of accession to the present Regulations, without any exceptions.

2. Object and purpose of the Contest

2.1. The object of the Contest: the promotion of animation works of young and professional authors.
2.2. The purpose of the Contest:
— Determining the best works in the animation field among those represented in the Contest;
— Enabling authors to showcase their work for the guests of the Insomnia Festival – the professional community and the jury;
— Creation and development of the community of artistically gifted people;
— Strengthening the cultural relations between the representatives of various countries and Russia.

3. Competitors of the Contest

3.1. The Contest is open to everyone: individuals and organizations (creative groups).
3.2. To participate in the Contest one must contact the Festival Organizing Committee, or to apply through FilmFreeway.
3.3. Competitor of the Contest is the Applicant, whose work had been submitted to the Organizing Committee, passed the preliminary selection and was included into the competition program.
3.4. An additional charge might be introduced for the works.
3.5. The Applicant, in accordance with Art. 9 of the Federal Law dated 27.07.2006 №152-FL “On personal data” gives their consent on processing of personal data contained in the application for participation in the Contest to the Organizer, that is, to commit acts referred to p. 3, Article 3 of the Federal Law of 27.07 .2006 №152-FL “On personal data”. Personal data is processed in the Contest and serves to identify the winners. This agreement is valid from the date of application for participation in the Contest and to the date of revocation of the consent filed in a written form.

4. Organization and matters of the Contest

4.1. The Contest includes two stages: pre-selection and the jury session.
4.2. All questions related to the selection of films to the Contest are accepted by e-mail:
4.3. Information on the pre-selected projects is available on the official Festival website, in the Program section.
4.4. Pre-selection of works is performed by the Organizers in accordance with the work requirements.
4.5. Acceptance of works will be carried out from December 20, 2017 through June 3, 2018. For works submitted after this deadline, the participation is not guaranteed.
4.6. Publication of the list of films participating in the Contest will be held on June 8, 2018.
4.7. The Contest is organized in two main nominations:
— “Debyutoriya” (Debut) (an international contest of young animation – works by beginners, students and graduates of film schools);
— “Profnastil” (Professional) (the main international contest of short animated films).
Festival Organizer has the right to show the other selected films in the Official Selection non-competitive program.
4.8. Participants define the nomination for each work themselves, which they forward to the Contest. As part of the pre-selection stage the Organizers reserve the right to move the work to another nomination.
4.9. A participant may submit a maximum of four (4) works to the festival, of which he can define to no more than two (2) in one nomination.
4.10. Films submitted to the Festival, but not included in the Contest program, may be included in the out-of-competition program and will be shown at the Festival.

5. Copyright and related rights

5.1. Contest Participant provides royalty-free non-exclusive license to the Festival for the following use of works submitted (including audiovisual work as a whole, its parts, frames and characters), without special approval:
— Public screening at the Animated Film Festival “Insomnia” (July 19-23, 2018, Kaluga region, Yukhnovsky District);
— Use of parts of the work in the Festival’s promotional video, in a documentary about the Festival, in television reports about the Festival and in other audio-visual products, aimed at distribution of information about the Festival;
— Printing of frames and characters in promotional materials of the Festival;
— Russian translation by subtitles and/or by dubbing.
5.2. Participant provides the Festival with non-exclusive rights to all information about the submitted work (title, the creators, biographical notes about the creators, year of creation, description, etc.), with the possibility of using any of the methods provided by the current legislation, also by inclusion in the electronic and/or printed Festival catalogs.
5.3. Festival Organizer is obligated to conduct screenings only at a designated territory and only in a specified period; Organizer must create conditions for safety of copies of the works and prevent copying of works in amounts larger than necessary to display at the Festival.
5.4. Responsibility for compliance with copyright and related rights when applying for the Contest, upon the submission of the work, while creating an audiovisual work submitted to participate in the Contest, is assigned to the Applicant. In the event of claims by third parties, the Applicant is obligated to settle claims on their own, at their own expense and/or compensate for the damage caused to Organizers of Festival.
5.5. If the Applicant does not have the appropriate rights for the audiovisual work submitted for participation in the Contest, these Regulations apply to the relations between the Applicant and the Organizer in all cases except the Applicant’s omission.

6. Requirements for the works

6.1. Short animated films by any animation technique, created not earlier than 1 January 2016, are accepted. Animated series, trailers and clips will not be accepted for participation in the Contest.
6.2. The work must have a title. If the title is in the national language, the author’s translation of the title into English or Russian languages should be provided.
6.3. Along with the work, the following should be submitted:
— Information about the creative team and production studio, a brief description (synopsis) of the film;
— Demo footage illustrating the work;
— The text for the subtitles with timecode.
6.4. Technical requirements for the works:
— screening of works will be done in Full HD. Preferred format – H.264 (.mov .avi) with a high bitrate.
6.5. Submissions to the Contest should not display:
— violence, discrimination, vandalism, blood, reflection of the physical suffering of humans and animals;
—information degrading a group of people in any form, carrying any form of criticism or negative perception, or a protest the human society and nature.
6.6. All works submitted for the Contest should not contradict the current legislation of the Russian Federation.
6.7. In the event of failure to comply with these requirements, as well as unacceptably low image and/or sound quality, Organizer reserves the right not to consider the work.

7. Summing up the results, the election of winners

7.1. To evaluate the works submitted to participate in the Contest, the Organizer forms the jury.
7.2. The works are evaluated by the jury within the nominations.
7.3. The jury determines the winner and laureates in each category.
7.4. The main prizes of the Festival are:
— Insomnia Grand Prix – the best work of the Contest, as well as US $ 1,000 (gross);
— The Profnastil Prize – the best work of the international competition of short animated films, as well as US $ 200 (gross);
— The Debyutoria Prize – the best work of the international competition of young animation, as well as US $ 200 (gross);
— The Equilibrium Prize – the best non-narrative or experimental work of the Contest, as well as the US $ 200 (gross);
— Special prize of the jury;
— Special mention of the jury.
Monetary value of awards may be altered by a decision of the organizing committee of the Festival.
7.5. The Organizer has the right for public screening during the national tour on the territory of the Russian Federation in relation to each of the works that were among the winners of the Festival or the “The Best of Insomnia 2018” program. This right is granted by the Participant to the Organizer under the terms of a non-exclusive (simple), royalty-free license and is limited to 10 (ten) public screenings.
7.6. The Organizer, the jury and the Contest Partners have the right to establish their own prizes for the winners and participants of the Contest.
7.7. The jury is obliged to determine the winner of the Grand Prix and the winner in each category of the Contest.
7.8. The jury has the right not to comment on their decision.

8. Final provisions

8.1. All issues, including those not reflected in this Regulation, will be resolved by the organizer based on the current situation and in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation.
8.2. In case of discrepancies in the English version of the Regulations, Russian-language version has the advantage.
8.3. The Contest organizing committee contacts:
8.4. All disputable issues are resolved in accordance with these Regulations and the current legislation of the Russian Federation.

Overall Rating
  • Sasha Svirsky

    Unbelievable open-air with an amazing atmosphere in the Russian forest surrounding river, living in tents. Animation during the night, concerts, and lectures during the day. It's a kind of art-festival with many art-activities whole day and night. Thousands of people come here. Hospitality is high level and all volunteers working here are really benevolent and caring.

    August 2018
  • Maria Koneva

    It's a unique animation festival for Russia with very good programme each year.
    If you're not afraid to live in a tent or get under the rain the festival is worth attending.

    July 2018
  • Michael Lyons

    The festival has a very original concept - outdoor animation in a natural setting. I was not able to attend but was happy to contribute a short film. From the photos on social media it looks like a great event. Thanks for supporting experimental filmmaking!

    July 2018