Kinovertikal is an International Festival and Competition for Films directed by Children and Young Adults that has been held since 2014. Only fiction / non-fiction / animated films whose directors are children, teenagers and young adults aged 5 to 22 may take part in the festival. During the festival (held every October in the city of Saratov) young authors participate in master classes and creative meetings with famous Russian filmmakers where they can receive professional advice from them and get acquainted with like-minded authors from other countries and various regions of Russia.

The president of the festival is Garri Bardin, a famous artist and director, winner of the Cannes Film Festival and numerous Russian film awards.

The guests of honor of the festival include well-known Russian theater and film actors, film directors and producers, film critics, etc.

The festival is attended not only by authors from Russia, but also from near and far abroad: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Brazil, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Canada, China, India, Spain, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, the Republic of Belarus, the USA, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, France, the Philippines, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka and many other countries. In total, more than 2,200 films made by 7000 young authors have already been shown at the festival.

The winners and runners-up of the festival are determined by a jury consisting of children and young adults who have been declared winners and runners-up of the previous festival; their age does not exceed 22 years.

Audience favourite prize awarded on the basis of online voting results

Participation in the Festival is free of charge.

A participant or a group of authors can submit no more than one film to the competition.

The competition is held in two age categories:

- 5-16 years old;
- 17-22 years old.

The film must be voiced in Russian (or have subtitles in Russian).

The duration of film is 3 to 10 minutes. Films lasting more than 10 minutes can be accepted for consideration by a special decision of the selection committee.

The title of the film, the name of the author or authors of the film (or the name of the creative group) shall be indicated in the opening credits to the film.

Participants shall submit the application form filled out in accordance with the sample and their film in MP4 format to the organizing committee (1 Rizhskaya str., Saratov 410080; or by e-mail

Overall Rating
  • Absolutely amazing experience! ✨ Thank you for selecting my work. Can't wait to submit again!

    April 2024
  • Чудесный фестиваль! Рада была поучаствовать с мультфильмом "Всякая душа птица". Он победил в номинации "Анимация на свободную тему"!

    October 2023
  • Nikhil Bhadkumbe

    Wonderful, Great, assume and very well festival

    October 2023
  • Оксана Готчиева

    Очень любим этот фестиваль. С удовольствием будем принимать участие в следующем году!

    October 2023
  • Hello, When was the festival held? Why is there no list of candidates on the site? Who were the winners? Were the movies released? I didn't know anything.

    October 2023