Northern Character


Years running: 15 (since 2008)

Northern Character

International Film and TV Festival.


The aims of the Festival: 

  • to unite journalists and filmmakers of  Northern countries and create conditions for interpenetration of cultural traditions of different countries including new citizens of the North;
  • to provide world community with more information about people’s life in northern regions; 
  • to give the authors of TV programs and films an opportunity to enlarge their audience, to inspire and stimulate young journalists and filmmakers to raise their professional competence;
  • to develop the market of TV content.

The Festival’s slogan is "North’s Attraction" (How does the North attract people and become their home for the whole life? Who or what keeps people in the North in the severe climate conditions?).


  • Competition of programs and films,
  • Presentation and discussions of films and programs,
  • Master-classes by Russian and foreign filmmakers,
  • Media - Forum,
  • Presentation of television and film projects,
  • Out-of-competition screenings,
  • Cultural program. 


The International Festival Jury has the final decision of prize winners and honorably mentioned participants of the Festival. Prize winners are awarded prizes, while honorably mentioned participants are awarded diplomas. The Jury also awards Special Prizes:Best Director's work, Best Camera Work.
The Jury awards Grand Prix of the Festival.


  • Programs of various genres, TV and documentary films, short fiction films, music video and reports produced by state, municipal and private TV companies; studios and independent filmmakers can participate in the competition. The works must premiere in 2020-2022
  • One and the same film/TV-program cannot compete in more than one nomination
  • One participant (or one production company) cannot compete with more than one work in one nomination

Documents and required materials: 

  • Fill out an entry form
  • Provide a link for an online screener (Vimeo, Dropbox, Яндекс.Диск, google-drive, IMPORTANT! YouTube videos are not accepted! 
  • The work title must be written both in English and in the original language
  • To provide an information for the festival booklet (in English, see entry form)
  • Non-Russian films/TV-programs must be accompanied with scripts in English, including time codes TC. The English script (Word or txt-file) must be submitted together with the application.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organizers of the Festival:

  • Broadcasting company "TV-21" ("North-West Broadcasting" LLC),
  • Non-commercial organization Production Center “The Northern Character”.

Festival is supported by:

  • Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation,
  • Government of the Murmansk region,
  • Norilsk Nickel MMC.

Partners of the Festival:

  • Palace of Culture by the name of Kirov,
  • Association of journalists Barents Press International, 
  • Tromsø International Film Festival TIFF, 
  • Murmansk branch of Journalist Union of Russia,
  • Nordic Journalist Center Update,
  • Norwegian Barents Secretariat,
  • The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten.




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  • Deadline
    September 15, 2022
  • Event Dates
    14 — 20 November 2022
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