Genesis International Film Festival


Genesis International Film Festival (GIFF) is an international short film and documentary film festival. Our goal is to discover talents, introduce them to platforms for renting films in online cinemas and on TV channels.

Our goal is to expand the viewers' horizons by presenting them a variety of Russian and international short and documentary films. We want to showcase different genres and styles, as well as reveal the personalities and talents of the filmmakers. We strive to support the creative potential of authors, help the best films find their audience. We also want to show Russian films on international venues, show their uniqueness and quality, and contribute to the development of cinema in Russia.


The winners will receive wreaths, personalized statuettes, diplomas or other prizes (depending on the nomination).

🏆 Russian short film competition:

International competition of short films from current directors:

International Documentary Competition:

International Student and Debut Film Competition:


Genesis International Film Festival Regulations

ARTICLE 1: General Provisions

The Genesis International Film Festival, hereby referred to as "GIFF" or the "Festival," is an open international event dedicated to short and documentary films. The Festival aims to foster an international film community, support short and documentary filmmakers, and facilitate the distribution of such films globally.

The Festival features a workshop for emerging directors to enhance their skills while engaging with established film professionals. Additional events include meetings with directors and industry expert masterclasses.

A distinctive aspect of the Festival is its technological approach, which includes the use of a chat-bot for audience voting and artificial intelligence to generate subtitles and music arrangements for events.

ARTICLE 2: Festival Objectives

The objectives of the Festival are to promote national and international short films; provide a platform for these films globally; recognize and showcase the uniqueness and quality of various film genres and styles; support creative talent; unite film enthusiasts and filmmakers worldwide; assist in the distribution of outstanding films; and discover new industry talents.

The Festival is committed to distinguishing itself through technology and active engagement with participants.

ARTICLE 3: Festival Program

The Festival program consists of:

Competitive Programs:
- GIFF.Shorts for short films with a minimum of 12 entries, each no longer than 30 minutes.
- GIFF.Docu for documentary films with a minimum of 12 entries, each no longer than 60 minutes.
- GIFF.Debuts for short debut films with a minimum of 12 entries, each no longer than 30 minutes.
- National Shorts Competition featuring a minimum of 12 short films, each no longer than 30 minutes, by national directors and/or producers.

Non-competitive Programs:
- Special non-competitive screenings within the nation.
These programs are curated by the Festival Directorate.

Films must be completed after January 1, 2020, with the production date determined by the copyright inscribed on the film or video copy.

Subtitles (in accordance with Article 6 of these Regulations) are mandatory for all film presentations.

The Festival's screening schedule is determined by the Festival Directorate. Each film may be screened a maximum of five times during the Festival.

ARTICLE 4: Premiere Status

Premiere status is not a mandatory selection criterion. Screenings at GIFF do not affect eligibility for other international film festivals and comply with their participation rules.

ARTICLE 5: Film Submission and Selection

Film submissions for the Festival are made electronically through the online platform FilmFreeway. There is no charge for submitting to National Competitions. Entries for International Competitions are subject to fees according to the current tariffs outlined on the platform.

Applicants, upon submitting their application, affirm that they possess all the rights and authority necessary for the film to participate in the Festival. By submitting an entry for selection at the Festival, the participant grants permission for the film to be included in the Festival program and any special or non-competitive screenings without fiscal compensation. The Festival does not provide licensing fees for the exhibition of films chosen for competition.

It's important to note that entries or screening versions of a film received after the submission deadline will not be considered for review.

The Festival does not accept films that are of purely political or religious nature without artistic value, or films that promote drugs, violence, hate speech, or otherwise contravene the prevailing laws of the territory.

The Festival Directorate administers the review of submissions and may seek additional information regarding the application via email. Should the Festival Directorate discover any provision of misleading information within the submission, it reserves the right to reject the application.

Selection for film screenings is also made by the Festival Directorate, whose decision is based on viewing, discussion, and approval processes. Information regarding the selection of a film for screening will be communicated through email and made available on the online platform.

The Festival Directorate reserves the right to make determinations on any cases not provided for within these Regulations, with its decision deemed as definitive and conclusive.

ARTICLE 6: Preliminary Selection Materials

Applications must include:
- Screening version;
- Final exhibition version;
- Subtitles as a separate SRT file with timecodes in English and/or the national language for translation purposes;
- Promotional materials including posters, synopses, credits, film stills, and director photos.

Preview versions are optional and may differ from the final versions through watermarks or other forms of protection.

ARTICLE 7: Technical Requirements for Exhibition Copies

Films are screened in MP4/MOV/DCP format (resolution of at least 1920x1080) in the original language with subtitles. The copy must have separate, removable .SRT subtitles.

Technical requirements and delivery instructions are sent after program formation.

ARTICLE 8: Promotion

Participants agree to provide film elements (including, but not limited to, stills, on-set photos, related texts, trailers, and excerpts) for use by journalists and in various media outlets.

Elements may also be used by the Festival Directorate in official publications and online content.

ARTICLE 9: Festival Logo

Confirmed participants receive the official Festival laurel for promotional materials.

ARTICLE 10: Guests and Participants

The Festival Directorate handles invitations, terms of stay, and accreditation. The Directorate may invite guests unrelated to the competitive and non-competitive programs. Specific arrangements are detailed in personal invitations.

The festival's operation is covered by media partners. Media accreditation is also granted at the Directorate's discretion.

ARTICLE 11: Jury

An international jury, including at least two national and two international film professionals, evaluates competition films.

Jurors must be competent in the field of film and unrelated to the creation or commercial distribution of competing films. They must refrain from public commentary on the films until the Festival's conclusion.

The jury is appointed by the Festival Directorate.

ARTICLE 12: Prizes

The Festival and Jury award the "GIFF" statuettes for the following categories:
- Grand Prize for Best Film of the Festival (optional, granted by the Directorate);
- Best Short Film;
- Best Documentary Film;
- Best Debut Film;
- Best National Film;
- Audience Award (optional, determined interactively);
- Special Jury Prize (optional, based on the Jury's decision).

ARTICLE 13: Final Provisions

Compliance with all terms and deadlines is mandatory; otherwise, a film may be excluded from the program.

Participation implies adherence to all Regulations. In disputes, the national version of the Regulations prevails. The Festival Directorate decides on matters not covered by the Regulations.

For further information:

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 04, 2024
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 01, 2024
  • Shark Deadline
    June 26, 2024
  • Whale Deadline
    July 21, 2024
  • Lizard Deadline
    August 15, 2024
  • Sloth Deadline
    September 09, 2024
  • Jellyfish Deadline
    October 04, 2024
  • Cheetah Deadline
    October 29, 2024
  • Penguin Deadline
    November 23, 2024
  • Reindeer Deadline
    January 31, 2025
  • Hedgehog Deadline
    February 28, 2025
  • Notifications
    April 30, 2024
  • Event Dates
    30 April 2024 — 30 April 2025
Categories & Fees

Short films of any genre under 30 minutes. ⠀

  • Earlybird Deadline — $26
  • Shark Deadline — $27
  • Whale Deadline — $28
  • Lizard Deadline — $29
  • Sloth Deadline — $30
  • Jellyfish Deadline — $31
  • Cheetah Deadline — $32
  • Penguin Deadline — $33
  • Reindeer Deadline — $33
  • Hedgehog Deadline — $33

International Documentary Film Competition:

  • Earlybird Deadline — $26
  • Shark Deadline — $27
  • Whale Deadline — $28
  • Lizard Deadline — $29
  • Sloth Deadline — $30
  • Jellyfish Deadline — $31
  • Cheetah Deadline — $32
  • Penguin Deadline — $33
  • Reindeer Deadline — $33
  • Hedgehog Deadline — $33

International Competition of student and debut films:

  • Earlybird Deadline — $26
  • Shark Deadline — $27
  • Whale Deadline — $28
  • Lizard Deadline — $29
  • Sloth Deadline — $30
  • Jellyfish Deadline — $31
  • Cheetah Deadline — $32
  • Penguin Deadline — $32
  • Reindeer Deadline — $33
  • Hedgehog Deadline — $33

Competition of Russian short films.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Shark Deadline — free
  • Whale Deadline — free
  • Lizard Deadline — free
  • Sloth Deadline — free
  • Jellyfish Deadline — free
  • Cheetah Deadline — free
  • Penguin Deadline — free
  • Reindeer Deadline — free
  • Hedgehog Deadline — free
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