Years running: 21 (since 2002)


St.Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films.


Aims and Goals:

  • To maintain international contacts, to broaden creative and professional contacts, to promote experience and ideas exchange among film schools;
  • To reveal tendencies towards development of young cinema in different countries;
  • To attract attention of film producers to the work of young directors, directors of photography, sound producers and script writers;
  • To draw interest of viewing audience to the works of young filmmakers;
  • To draw interest to short-length films.


  • First Feature Film Competition,
  • First Short Film Competition, 
  • Student Short Film Competition, 
  • Cine-Parallel non-competition program,
  • Retrospective programs,
  • Presentation programs,
  • Special screenings,
  • Workshops,
  • Master-classes,
  • Exhibitions,
  • Round tables.


The Grand jury awards the following awards to the main competition films: 

  • Main award – for the best film;
  • Award for best Director's work;
  • Award for best acting;

Jury of short films competition: – Best film award.

The Organizing Committee and Directorate of the IFF “NACHALO” award: – Special prize with especial wording. 


Only fiction, documentary and animation films completed in 2020-2021 will be accepted. 

The minimum length of feature films is 60 minutes.
The maximum length of short films is 30 minutes. 

The participants should submit to the Selection Committee:

  • Completed and signed Entry-Form
  •  Full text of the film in the original and in one of the following languages: Russian, English;
  • The list of subtitles in English;
  • Synopsis, advertising materials, press materials;
  • Promotional video and shot from the film;
  • Materials for the catalog (information about the filmmakers, photos, including the Director's photo, film slides).

Selection format: Youtube, Vimeo with password

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Founded by St.Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of St.Petersburg Government.



Official Website


Correspondence and shipping address:

St. Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union, 
BEGINNING Film Festival,
Karavannaya Street, 12,
Saint Petersburg,
191023, Russia

Contact information:

Tel: +7 812 314-80-35,
Phax: +7 812 314-75-98. 


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    October 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    25 — 28 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Fiction: features (longer than 60 minutes)

  • Earlybird Deadline — free

Fiction: shorts (not longer than 30 minutes).

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
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