Years running: 17 (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.


First Feature Film Competition:

  • Best Film.

Diploma “For the most promising beginning” from the St.Petersburg Cinema Press Federation.

Sergey Dobrotvorsky’s Diploma “For the fruitful search of sources of the impossible” from Seance magazine.


Only fiction, documentary and animation films produced after January, 1, 2014 will be accepted. Production year of the selected films will be determined by the copyright on the carrier.

The minimum length of feature films is 60 minutes.

The participants should submit to the Selection Committee:

  • Completed and signed Entry-Form
  • Film on DVD subtitled in English/ alternatively dubbed in English or an internet link to, etc. including a password
  • Dialogue lists in English*
  • Stills from the film*
  • Picture and a short director’s biography* 
    (*on CD or by e-mail)

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Additional Information

The Festival Management will assume all costs connected with the transportation of 35mm. prints and film copies on DCP back and will sent them back to the addresses mentioned in the entry form within 3 weeks after the Festival.

The Festival Management reserves the right to select the film for a screening in the official “Echoes of the Beginning Film Festival” non-commercial presentation programs, which will take place after the conclusion of the festival in Russia and abroad within the framework of cooperation with the international film festivals.

The Festival Management will assume booking and hotel accommodation costs as well as the visa support for the international participants.

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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  • Deadline
    September 15, 2016
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    21 — 24 November 2016
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