Years running: 8 (since 2017)


Arctic Countries Film Festival ARCTIC OPEN


The idea of the  International filmfestival of Arctic countries «ARCTIC OPEN» is to unite the filmmakers from the countries of the Arctic Territories.

Countries participating: Russia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, USA.

Preference is given to films that reveal the themes of the development of national culture, the formation of personality and the search for spiritual and moral orientations in a modern, globalizing world; cooperation between nature and man.

Mainly, attraction of attention to natural, historical and cultural objects of the Arctic; to the culture and traditions of small indigenous peoples of the North; creative activity of man in the Arctic.


  • best feature length film nominees;
  • best short feature film nominees;
  • best documentary nominees;
  • non-competition showing of releases from the member countries of the Arctic Council;
  • special showings, retrospectives, Films Night;
  • III Arctic Documentary and Popular Science Film Idea Pitching;
  • workshop: “The Art of Moderating Movies Houses” workshop. Target audience: film clubs in Arctic region and in North-Western Russia;
  • business program: thematic discussion involving filmmakers, researchers, public figures, students, Russian and international Arctic media, authorities and business interested in promoting the development in northern areas;
  • workshop: “Creating Interactive Installations” based on the experience of vvvv program.
  • workshop on organizing and delivering Inclusive Exhibition “The Feel of Painting”
  • “Big Cinema to Small Villages” campaign
  • International lab “Specifics of Stage and Film Acting”;
  • roundtables, exhibitions, presentations, press conferences; and entertainment program.


All Russian films submitted to the selection panel must have English subtitles and all international releases Russian subtitles. Applying is free.

Arctic Open welcomes full-length feature films (max. duration: 60 min), shorts (max. duration: 30 min) and documentaries (max. duration: 90 min) made in 2022-2023. Shortlisted films should be presented in DCP format.

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

V Arctic OPEN international film festival - 2021
as well as supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Arkhangelsk region. The project was included in the work plan of the Association of Arctic Media,  Northern Arctic Federal University.

BEREGINYA Pomor Culture Foundation,




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Pomor cultural fund «Bereginya»
International filmfestival of Arctic countries «ARCTIC OPEN»
163000, Arkhangelsk,
Pomorskaya street,
5 - 405




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 15, 2023
  • Earlybird Deadline
    September 10, 2023
  • Event Dates
    7 — 10 December 2023
Categories & Fees

Films up to 60 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free

the competition for the best short feature film

  • Earlybird Deadline — free

Films up to 60 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free

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