Moscow Shorts


Years running: 6 (since 2018)

Moscow Shorts

International Short Film Festival.


Moscow Shorts (International Short Film Festival) is a monthly international short film competition, with monthly live screenings and an annual awards event in Moscow, Russia. We chose to organize the Moscow Shorts Festival with monthly seasons because we can guarantee continuity to the selection process and we have the opportunity to give a constant feedback to the filmmakers.

We hope to build links between emerging and established professionals, and provide a platform where all short filmmakers, including students or unprofessionally teams, can screen their films in public and support their fellow colleagues.

The Moscow Shorts International Short Film Festival is dedicated to promoting the short film genre, bringing exposure to the world’s best independent up-and-coming filmmakers. Moscow Shorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Moscow Shorts showcases short films produced 30 minutes or less. Categories include Short Narrative, Short Animation, Short Documentary, Music Video, Short Experimental and Student Shorts.

Each month, the submitted projects are privately screened and judged by a team of experts from both russian and international film industry. The monthly winners are automatically qualified to compete and be screened at Moscow Shorts annual event.

Moscow Shorts (ISFF) is an avid supporter of local and international filmmakers representing cinematic productions that embody the true spirit of the art. From classic or original scripts to new cinematography and film techniques, each and every piece is the result of true emotion and expression.


All films will get privately screened and evaluated by a team of international filmmakers.

All selected films will receive official selection laurels.

All monthly winners will receive official winner laurels and certificates.

Our jury will select the winners of each category:

  • Best Short Film
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Student
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Animation
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Cinematography

All monthly winners will compete at Moscow Shorts annual event.


  • We accept International short films.
  • Films in languages other than English will only be accepted with English subtitles.
  • All types of short films are accepted.
  • The running time of films entered for the competitions should not exceed 30 minutes (we have no minimum length limit).
  • Moscow Shorts has no festival premiere eligibility requirements. Shorts that have screened at other festivals are still eligible.
  • Moscow Shorts has no public or internet broadcast eligibility requirements. If your short has screened on Vimeo etc, it is still eligible.
  • There is no restriction about the date of the production of the films.

The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail in the beginning of each month. There will be a list of accepted films on our website at the beginning of each month.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 05, 2022
  • Early Firebird
    July 07, 2022
  • Extended Firebird
    July 28, 2022
  • Notifications
    August 06, 2022
  • Event Dates
    8 August 2022
Categories & Fees

Documentary Short Films, no longer than 30 minutes

  • Early Firebird — $17
  • Extended Firebird — $17

Narrative Short Films, no longer than 30 minutes. All types of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Absurdist, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Art-house, Biographical, Black Comedy, Classic, Children, Comedy, Crime, Dance, Detective, Drama, Cult, Epic, Family, Fantasy, Gangster, Horror, Independent, Indie, Noir, Historical, Kids, LGBT, Magical realism, Musical, Mystery, Melodrama, Road Movie, Philosophical, Political, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent Films, Slice of Life, Social, Sports, Superhero, Supernatural, Surreal, Suspense, Thriller, Urban, War (Anti-War), Western, Zombie etc

  • Early Firebird — $19
  • Extended Firebird — $19

Experimental Short Films, no longer than 30 minutes

  • Early Firebird — $17
  • Extended Firebird — $17

Animation Short Films, no longer than 30 minutes

  • Early Firebird — $15
  • Extended Firebird — $15
  • Early Firebird — $13
  • Extended Firebird — $13

Music videos, no longer than 10 minutes

  • Early Firebird — $13
  • Extended Firebird — $13
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