UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL is the best platform for amateur filmmakers around the world that provides a stage for short films, documentary, music videos, animations and visual arts.

The aim of the UFF is to discover the most innovative independent filmmakers and 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.

The mission of the UFF is to find and show works from around the world that represent inspiring short films and motivational videos that remind us of something important.

UFF accepts submissions in five categories: Short films, Documentary short films, Music videos, Animation and Experimental short films.  
Participants are allowed to submit their works in several categories.

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

Submissions are open from June 2023 to June 2024. The final selection of films will be announced in June. The film festival will take place on June, right before the Ural Music Night (the most popular music festival in Russia).

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

Awards categories:
Best Short film
Best Documentary short film
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Experimental short film

1. Genre: All
2. Production country: All
3. Running Time: 20 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
4. Production Year: The film must have been produced after January 1, 2021. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits
5. Films in languages other than Russian will only be accepted with English subtitles. Please, additionally attach a separate .srt file with your submission.
6. Applicants are required to clear all rights permissions from copyright (and other holders relating to their work) necessary for screening works in the festival.
7. 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.
8. Russian citizens please follow the link to finish the registration

Official Music Video only! 

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

8. Formats: All 
(Please note, however, that submissions must NOT be sent on DVD!) 
All submissions must be sent via an online secured screener.
9. Applicants agree to give the UFF the right to use materials such as trailer, teaser, film poster, stills, one minute from work for placement on the festival website, media channels, social networks for the purpose of promoting the film and/or UFF.
10. Fees: Submission fees are not refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selection my film “Bo and Trash.” Thanks for the good communication! It's a pity that I was not able to attend the festival in person. I wish the organizers, participants and of course dear spectators great success.

    July 2024
  • Роман Власов

    this is an amazing and very important festival, where there was a lot of communication between filmmakers, lecturers with very good lectures, and with an excellent organization. love and hugs to the organizers.

    July 2024
  • Daria Razumnikova

    Unfortunately I couldn't come to the festival, but I feel really happy to have my film selected. The festival team is wonderful. She wrote me very warm letters by email. These are young people who are in love with cinema, it is very inspiring. I hope that I will come there next year.

    July 2024
  • Ana Estrabou

    I couldn't be there because I'm too far away.
    But I love that my short film has been selected in this beautiful festival and in beautiful Russia

    July 2024
  • Unfortunatelly I couldn't come to the festival, but I feel really happy to have my film selected. Thank you so much! <3

    July 2021