Years running: 6 (since 2017)


Film festival of freedom, experimental and sub-standard films.


«Film Festival of Free Cinema» - this is how the festival is designed by creators.

«The main direction of the festival is though substandard and experimental cinema, but we are always happy see with a clean healthy classical model of cinema or music videos»
(From an interview with the organizer of the film festival - Alexander Ode)

«In the title of the festival "Pure" be the main idea: the pure genuine cinema about life without embellishment. The fact that content is more important than form.»
(Lydia Vielba - correspondent of the television channel "St. Petersburg")

«Pure - these are certainly those films in which the essence, message or information is more important than the form itself. Sometimes the meaning of the film is just in the form itself. It was for these films that this film festival was created»
(Administration of the studio, which organized the film festival, «NoMask»)

In 2017, more than 1200 films were sent to the film festival from 16 countries. Of these, over 80 films were shown during 4 days.

The festival is supported by France, England and Estonia.

Every year it takes place in St. Petersburg in the first decade of August. In 2018 will be held from 1 to 5 August from 15:00 to 21:00.

The festival is held with the support France, England and Estonia.

The festival is held with the following nominations:

  1. Animation film.
  2. Feature film.
  3. Experimental film.
  4. Music film.
  5. Documentary.

Films are evaluated by the criteria:

  • Importance of the film idea
  • Philosophy of the work
  • Professionalism
  • Experimental and novelty
  • Secret voting of judges
  • Audience sympathy


  • The winners of the «secret ballot» are awarded with red diplomas (highest awards).
  • The general winner of the «secret ballot» is awarded a black diploma (the highest award) and gets a red plate in his hands.
  • The winner of the "audience sympathy" receives a special diploma of the audience sympathy of the PURE film festival,


Films with duration from 15 seconds to 100 minutes are accepted.

You must send the completed application in .doc format, along with a screenshot from the movie and a photo of the director on the email:
PURE-FEST@mail.ru until 11.06.2018 23:59:59

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

The jury is usually announced at the beginning of the festival itself. However, there are exceptions.

Organizer: Studio «NoMask».
Head of the studio: Alexander Ode.



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 01, 2019
  • Deadline
    June 01, 2018
  • Notifications
    August 05, 2019
  • Event Dates
    7 August 2017 — 5 August 2019
Categories & Fees

Experimental film.

  • Deadline — free

Animation film

  • Deadline — free

A feature film.

  • Deadline — free

Music film

  • Deadline — free

Documentary film

  • Deadline — free
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