UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL is the best platform for amateur filmmakers around the world that provides a stage for short films, music videos, animations, visual arts and mobile videos. 
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 six categories: Short films, Documentary short films, Music videos, Visual Arts, Animation, Mobile Videos.  
Participants are allowed to enter their works in several categories.

The film festival is organized by 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 June. The film festival will take place on June, 28, right before the Ural Music Night (the most popular music festival in Russia).

Visit our website to know more: http://unknownfilmfestival.com/main

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

1. Genre: All
2. Production Country: All
3. Running Time: 15 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
4. Production Year: The film must have been produced after January 1, 2017. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits


!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.

Fees: Submission fees are not refundable.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Niccolò 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