UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL is the best platform for amateur filmmakers around the world that provides a stage for short films, animations, visual arts and any variations of branded content. 
The mission of the UFF is to discover the most innovative independent filmmakers and to make them known all over the world. At the UFF, we focus on the film. 

The aim of the UFF is to discover new talents and possibly create further opportunities for them in the Russian and international filmmaking industry. It is the time when young filmmakers can speak to the world and share their works.


UFF accepts submissions in five categories: Short films, Branded Content, Music films, Fresh Blood and Visual Arts & Animation. 
Participants are allowed to enter their works in several categories.

The film festival is organized by the Red Pepper Creative- an advertising company that is existing in the Russian advertising and film industry for more than 10 years. Red Pepper already has numerous works that won awards in big international festivals. Red Pepper is known as one of the most creative agencies in Russia nowadays.


Submissions are open from February to May of the following year. The final selection of films will be announced in May. The film festival will take place on June, 28-29, right before the Ural Music Night (the most popular music festival in Russia).

The UFF will also include a program of lectures held by famous cinematographers. Guest lecturers will be announced soon. Visit our website to get more information about our festival.

Screening of finalists’works will take place on June, 29 in Yekaterinburg in the Yeltsin Center, one of the most famous and innovative museums in Russia. The museum has already held various international events such as public talks, fashion shows and concerts.

Afterparty of the Unknown Film Festival 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDY6Sm-ji3U

Winners 2018:

VISUAL ARTS & ANIMATION
GOLD
Patterns of Restlessness
by Damien Vignaux

QUIET
by Maxim Kulikov

BRONZE
The Dead Man Speaks
by Marcos Mereles

Synched
by Cassie Shao

MUSIC FILMS
GOLD
Lorn - Acid Rain
by Pavel Brenner, Julian Flores, Sherif Alabede

SILVER
Son Lux // The Fool You Need
by Jean-Paul Frenay

BRONZE
The mole 17
by Bakehouse Moscow

Scandal
By Pablo Mengin-Lecreux

BRANDED CONTENT
GOLD
Wi-Fi Girl
by Zebra Hero

SILVER
Start the Buzz
by The Blink Fish

BRONZE
THE TESSERACT
by Pierce Jackson

FRESH BLOOD:
GOLD
Telephone
by Alistair Cheyne

SILVER
SAFE HAVEN
by Artur Nilov

BRONZE
Cretin
by James Snow

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
GOLD
Birth of Afrobeat
by OPIYO OKEYO

SILVER
Wargames
by Jessica Bishopp

BRONZE
The Deep
by Zebra Hero

SHORT FILMS
GOLD
Mechanika
by Nikolay Lupanov

SILVER
Are You Volleyball?!
by Are You Volleyball Short Film

Limit
by Javad Daraei

BRONZE
First Love
by Jules Carrin

After Dawn
by Nicolas Graux

Breath Holding
by Oleksii Sobolev

GRAND PRIX
Motion Pictures
by Matthew Incontri

SPECIAL PRIZE FROM WORDSHOP
OQJAV- Каблучки (Heels)
by Anton Reva

Filmmakers will have a chance to showcase their works to the open public and create networks with other people from the film industry.

1. Genre: All 

2. Production Country: All 

3. Running Time: 25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits. 

4. Production Year: The film must have been produced after September 1, 2016. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION

!Official Music Video only! 

1. Please ensure that works submitted are done so with the permission of the music label, artist and a filmmaker. 

2. Applicants are required to clear all rights necessary for screening works in the festival. 

3. Applicants will be required to organize and submit all press materials necessary if the work is selected to be screened. This includes materials relating to the artist, such as profile text and images.

Formats: All 
(Please note, however, that submissions must NOT be sent on DVD!) 
All submissions must be sent via online secured screener.

English subtitles: 
Required for submissions with languages other than English or Russian.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • David Mahler

    Seemed like a very well put together and professional festival - the staff were very communicative and helpful in the lead up. I hope to work with the UFF again in the future!

    August 2018
  • Niccolo Montanari

    Unfortunately I couldn't personally attend the festival, but in terms of communication and promotion they did a great job!

    August 2018
  • Matthew Incontri

    I was ecstatic to have heard that my film "Motion Pictures" was selected to be a part of this years Unknown Film Festival. The UFF has always been kind and transparent about the whole selection/festival process and I couldn't have had a better experience. I hope the festival grows over the coming years and creates a lively meeting place for film and creativity.

    August 2018
  • Alexandra Chukhnenko

    Ребята, спасибо за фестиваль! Рада была принять в нем участие. Вы - крутые!

    August 2018
  • Marcos Mereles

    So thrilled our film "The Dead Man Speaks" was selected at UFF! They were really supportive and communicative, I´m really thankful to everyone from the team!
    Unfortunately, I couldn´t attend this year, but I look forward to submitting my upcoming projects to the festival and see what the next edition brings!

    August 2018