)||( - Is the First International Short&Symbolic Art Film Festival (ISAFF). Our mission is to find great films. We're searching for good story and art. It may be Drama, Thriller, Comedy and etc. The only thing we're looking for is the feeling of something great after watching your film. We're looking for pure diamonds. We're looking for you.

YOUR FILM MAY NOT BE SYMBOLIC

YOUR FILM WILL BE CONCIDERED WITHIN 72 HOURS AND YOU'LL BE NOTIFIED ABOUT SELECTION.

Not selected films will be notified later.

ISAFF is IMDb-QUALIFYING Event!

Your work will be judged by multi-award winning professionals. ISAFF has bi-month structure. Every winner of bi-month edition in category ‘Best Short’ and 4 masterpieces will compete in year-round competition with live screenings and Q&A in famous Saint-Petersburg cinema 'Angleterre Cinema Lounge'. Best Short Film Winner will receive a review. 3 winners of Year-round competition will have opportunity to become a judge for next Year-Round edition and become a member of our team.

FOR GREAT FEATURE FILMS WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO ORGANISE CINEMA SCREENINGS IN RUSSIA.

)||( Festival have bi-month nominees & winners. Every winner from bi-month competition will have Diplomas and 1-3 winners will be included in the Year edition. Each year 7 Diamonds & 26 masterpieces will be screened in the center of Russian culture - Saint-Petersburg and will compete for 3 Gran-Prix award:
Purest Diamond Trophy
Knowledge Award Trophy
Soul award Trophy
and special one:
Symbolic Award Trophy

Every 2 months we'll have winners from different categories.
The Awards by category:
Best Short Film (1 of 6 diamonds that will compete in Yearly competition)
Best Feature Film
Best Symbolic Film
Best )||(
Best Drama
Best Thriller
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Sci-Fi
Best Non-Dialogue Film
Best Dark Comedy
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor
Best Young Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Color
Best Original Score
Best Original Soundtrack
Best Music
Best VFX
Best Costume Design
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Russian Film
Best Music Video
Best COVID Short
Best LGBTQ+ Film
Best Web-Series
Best Poster
Best Photography
Best SHort Screenplay

Every Bi-Month Winner will be able to order original trophy.

1.Film must not exceed 35 minutes (For those who are, there is special section "Best Feature Film". When submitting your film to additional categories you must submit to 'Best Feature Film' too.)
2.Non-English films must be subtitled in English.
3.Every Film must be submit via FilmFreeway
4.To submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
5.Entry fees are non-refundable.
6.Films with a completion date after January 2017, films with a completion date later than the previous year's festival dates will be given preference.
7.Festival have rights to change the Date of event.
8.)||( Fest cannot provide refunds for submissions that do not meet eligibility criteria or are otherwise deemed to be disqualified under these regulations.
9.)||( Fest can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills or BTS for promotional purpose
10. Films that doesn't match category will be disqualified.
11. By submitting to )||( ISAFF you give festival permission to live screen your film in year-round programme, if your film will be the best of bi-month round.

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  • Pavlos Vissariou

    Thank you so much for participating in our film "Nostos" and for the Best Original Soundtrack Award by composer Lucas Thanos. Many thanks to the jury of the Festival and for the excellent communication we had all this time. We look forward to working with you again in the near future. On behalf of the whole team with respect and appreciation Pavlos Vissariou.

    December 2021
  • Great Festival!! It has been such a honour to be Award winner as Best Experimental short for my short ARIA ♥️
    Thank you so much!!

    December 2021
  • it's a beautiful festival.i hope to participate again next year

    December 2021
  • My film, "Faith Interrupted," was submitted and chosen as a winner under the Best Experimental Film category. It was an honor to participate. Communication was great. Wonderful experience.

    December 2021
  • Big Nose

    My first film Read - was selected and was in Honorable Mention under winners category on the website. A very approachable festival who seem to be appreciating talents in film making especially first time director like me. Great encouragement and positivity. Will surely submit my future films to this festival

    December 2021