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New NAMES, new GENRES, new CINEMA LANGUAGES on a big screen in the middle of Siberia!

International Kansk Video Festival (Russia/Siberia) is not a conventional film festival. It is an experiment in time and space. The small Siberian city of Kansk, was found on the Internet by chance and selected as its name correlates with the Cannes Film Festival, Kansk in the Russian language is pronounced the same as Cannes.
Since 2002 in the depths of Siberia the festival happens annually. Far way from the Côte d`Azur to the severe Taiga climate, 7000 km from London, 4500 km from Moscow and 300 km from Krasnoyarsk by ‘Irons Road’, and the Trans-Siberian Railway. In an area full of wonderful and brave Siberian people, pelmeni, cedar nuts, even buses reminiscent to the old school buses of a long lost Soviet a place full magic.

The Kansk Video festival has grown immeasurably from it’s 2002 beginnings, each year it hosts an international jury from the industry and artistic communities, running international film and video-art competitions with a special screenings program and a bank of ideas for a further 150 years of the festivals future. The festival promotes new names of independent and uncompromising video and filmmakers, new genres, new cinema trends.

Full Length Palm Secateur
Short Length Palm Secateur
Diploma for the Best Russian Film 2022
Special Jury Diplomas and Mentions


Full-length feature film 
Full-length documentary film 
Full-length animation film 
Full-length experimental film 
Short feature film 
Short documentary film 
Short animation film 
Short experimental film 

1. Professional filmmakers or video artists can submit to the Festival, as well as amateurs.

2. Festival entry is free ONLY:
- for the filmmakers who have been previously selected to any of the past Festival editions. Please request a special code via;
- for a full-length films produced in Russia which premiere will pass at the Festival.
Please use the category 'Russian premiere' for application.

3. Only digital productions are accepted - films or video art projects:
- minimum running time of a full-length competition is 50 min;
- maximum running time for a short film competition is 30 min.

4. One author/company can submit to the Festival any number of works.

5. Each film can be entered for only one nomination at once.

6. Festival nominations: Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Video Art.

7. The Festival accepts films completed after the 1st of January 2021. Please note, the films produced before this date will be automatically disqualified.

8. Deadline for entries - June 1, 2022. Early bird deadline - April 1, 2022.

9. If original language of your entry is neither Russian nor English, film should be subtitled in one of those two languages or an English dialogue list must be attached.

10. All submissions will be watched and reviewed by the Selection Committee.

11. The Selection Committee has the right not to inform about criteria of selection or non-selection to the main competition programme, audience award competition or any special screenings.

12. All submissions selected to the main competition programme will be screened to the Jury. Non-selected entries can be shown in the frames of the Festival special screenings, in such case a request will be sent to author/producer to confirm.

13. Festival awards:
Full Length Palm Secateur
Short Length Palm Secateur
Diploma for the Best Russian Film 2022
Special Jury Diplomas and Mentions

15. The list of selected films will be announced on our web-site after the 10th of July, 2022.

16. Authors of the films selected to the International competition are invited to participate in the festival. Usually but not obligatory we cover all local transportation costs, hotel and meal expenses for all period of stay at the Festival. In some cases, we ask for support of related embassies, funds, etc.

17. Award winners will be announced on the web-site on the 28th of August 2022, after a closing ceremony of the Festival.

18. Authors of films selected to a special screenings can participate in the Festival by their own expenses only.

19. Full Length Secateur and Short Length Secateur Winners 2022 will be invited to the Festival Jury 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Лидия Риккер

    Программа фестиваля была очень интересная и я счастлива, что была там, в кругу прекрасных творческих людей!!! Спасибо команде фестиваля! Я постоянно чувствовала вашу заботу и увезла с собой самые лучшие впечатления!

    February 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Спасибо огромное! Это самое главное признание - от авторов )

  • Such a lovely passionate team who love what they do and most importantly, they care about their filmmakers and are committed to seeing them grow.

    September 2021
  • Joe Chang

    I am happy with the participations in this film festival and thank you very much for selecting my animated short film Pray!

    September 2021
  • Filmes do Gajo

    What an nice invitation it is to screen at a festival in Kansk, Siberia, a place where ones mind immediately starts to have photographs and stunning cinematography in mind. The variety of films and videos was mesmerizing, as well as all technical aspects to run a festival online worked without any interferences. It was special in a very positive way to have comments from the jury, poetry readings, performances and Q&As with interesting questions. And to received an award was fantastic. Thank you Kansk!

    September 2020
  • What a great experience Kansk 2020 was for me. My experimental art film Rockana found a home, all the way from Australia in Siberia. The festival team did an amazing job pulling all the tech together to run 24 hour online screenings for the first time due to restrictions. Excellent communication all the way. It was a special experience for me to have my work discussed in an intellectual and artistically aware manner by reviewers and judges, something I've found difficult to find elsewhere. Only disappointment was not being able to attend due to rona travel restrictions. I sure intend to visit Kansk and meet some of it's fine people in the future. Recommended festival.

    September 2020