Years running: 30 (since 1995)


International Documentary Film Festival.


The Flahertiana festival named after this American filmmaker rests upon principles first used by Robert Flaherty in his film “Nanook of the North”. These are films where the hero lives on the screen a part of his life directed by the author according to the laws of dramatic art. All decisions of the festival selection commission, which consists of film critics Viktoria Belopolskaya and Marina Drozdova and filmmakers Boris Karadzhev and Pavel Petchenkin, are made based on these principles.

XXIV International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana will take place in Perm in September 20-27, 2024.

The festival competition program includes documentaries that develop the cinematography aesthetics first introduced by Robert Flaherty in his masterpiece "Nanook of the North". The main principle of such films is portraying the protagonist's real-life on film and structuring it on the screen according to the laws of dramaturgy. The main methods are long-term observation and habitual camera.

The festival program also includes National competition “Russian Flahertiana” as well as various special programs: jury members’ films, children's film program, program of the Russian State Archives of Film and Photo Documents, programs investigating different social and humanitarian issues.

International training and pitching Flahertiana Forum, different seminars, round-table discussions, theoretical conferences, workshops are also held in the frameworks of the festival.

In previous years, the Festival awards went to Pawel Lozinski (Poland, "The Sisters"), Sergey Dvortsevoy (Russia, "The Motorway"), Yuriy Shilier (Russia, "The Flight of a Bumblebee"), Aleksandr Gutman (Russia, "Frescos"), Viktor Kossakovskiy (Russia, "Quit!"), Georgi Lazarevski (France, "Le jardin de Jad"), Yu Guangyi (China, "Survival Song"), Andy Thompson and Lucy Bailey (UK, "Mugabe and White African"), Yulia Panasenko (Russia, "OUTRO"), Giovanni Giommi (Germany, UK, "Bad Weather"), Arash Lahooti (Iran, "Trucker and the Fox"), Agnieszka Zwiefka (Poland, "The Queen of Silence") and etc.


  • International Jury Awards:

- Grand Prix for "The Best Documentary" — "Big Golden Nanook" and 250000 rub.* (to film director).

- Award for discovery of new subjects and new heroes — "Silver Nanook" and 75000 rub.* (to film director).

- Award for the original artistic solution — "Silver Nanook" and 75000 rub.* (to film director).

  • National Competition Jury Award for the best film of "Russian Flahertiana" program — "Small Golden Nanook" and 75000 rub. (to film director).
  • Student Films Competition Jury awards for the Best Student Film and 50000 rub. (to film director).
  • Audience Award is awarded to film director, who is selected by public voting throughout the festival (only international competition program movies can be selected).

* Prize money is paid in rubles, dollars or euros (as winners decide).


The Entry form and the preview link must be sent to the Festival office no later than May 10th, 2024.

  • Works directed in 2023 or 2024. 
  • Film copy provided should be with English subtitles in international format *.SRT;
  • The Festival accepts the high-quality screening copies (digital media can be in the following formats: mp4, m2ts, mkv with Full HD quality);
  • Films to be selected for competition may be of any length except super-short (less than 7 minutes);
  • If a film does not meet all listed requirements, it may not be included in the competition program;
  • Film copies submitted to the Selection Commission are not returned to the entrants.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill in the Entry form at the website (free); please pay attention to required fields especially the field for a link to watch online or download the preview of your film;
  • submit on FilmFreeway (for a fee).

The cost of videotapes transport to the Festival office is the responsibility of the applicant. The IDFF takes care of all charges associated with the copy return.

Insurance for shipping of films to the Festival is the entire responsibility of the participants.

The Festival covers transport costs and costs of a three-day stay in Perm of directors whose documentaries have been selected for the international competition (if possible). The above includes travel of a director to Perm and back, hotel accommodation.

Selection Media Type: online

Screening Media Type: the high-quality screening copies (digital media can be in the following formats: mp4, m2ts, mkv with Full HD quality)

Audio language: any

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Pavel Petchenkin — Festival President
    E-mail: pechenkin@flahertiana.ru​​
  • Katya Zemlianukhina — Festival Chief Coordinator
    E-mail: festival@flahertiana.ru




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E-mail: festival@flahertiana.ru
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 10, 2024
  • Deadline
    May 20, 2024
  • Student Films Competition
    June 25, 2024
  • Notifications
    July 31, 2024
  • Event Dates
    20 — 27 September 2024
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