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Russian Indie Film Festival

International Indie Film Festival

About

Established by indie filmmakers & filmlovers, Russian Indie Film Festival (RUIFF) is the annual international film festival, which aim is to show the best indie short films from all over the World to the 5-million city of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Our inaugural festival will take place in November 2018.

RUIFF is non-profit, non-governmental event without:

– any support from the government;

– any discrimination of films and filmmakers on any basis (nationality, residence, profession, sex, age, faith, politics, theme of the film and so on).

Awards

Awards RUIFF (competition):

– best fiction film

– best animation

– best Russian fiction film

– best Russian animation

– best sound designer

– best art director

– best editing

– best actor

– best actress

– best screenwriter

– best director of photography

– best director

– prize from the founder of RUIFF

– Audience Choice Award

– Gran-Prix

Awards RUIFF (Out of competition):

– Audience Choice Award

RUIFF has the right to change awards categories. Final awards categories will be announced in 2018.

The winners will receive special trophy and certificate. If the winner can’t attend the ceremony, prizes will be sent to such winner by regular post at the expense of the winner.

We’ll try to find sponsors for cash prizes, but right now we can’t guarantee any cash prizes.

Rules

Russian Indie Film Festival 2018

Rules and Regulation

Submission to the Russian Indie Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Rules and Regulations, which are valid for submission of any non-Russian film.

About the festival

Established by indie filmmakers & filmlovers, Russian Indie Film Festival (RUIFF) is the annual international film festival, which aim is to show the best indie short films from all over the World to the 5-million city of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Our inaugural festival will take place in November 2018.

RUIFF is non-profit, non-governmental event without:

– any support from the government;

– any discrimination of films and filmmakers on any basis (nationality, residence, profession, sex, age, faith, politics, theme of the film and so on).

RUIFF principles

1) Everybody is equal in front of the arts.

2) No internet screenings – only live screening of the films.

RUIFF competition

Competition is open to the:

– fiction (narrative) short films from any country;

– short animation (any style) from any country.

RUIFF out of competition programms

Out of competition programms will include films of any genre from any country.

Films eligibility

Competition

Only films that satisfy all points written below can participate in the competition of the RUIFF:

– short fiction (narrative) films, completed not earlier than January 2014 with running time (including credits) no more than 26 minutes;

– short animation films, completed not earlier than January 2014 with running time (including credits) no more than 15 minutes.

We prefer Russian premiers, but Saint-Petersburg premier is mandatory.

Films mustn’t be available in Internet in public free access (private access – private links, links with password, e.t.c. is OK), or shown in Saint-Petersburg before the RUIFF (no matter – commercial, free screenings, any screening at any festival in Saint-Petersburg). VOD, any screening (theatrical or TV) outside Saint-Petersburg is OK.

We don’t accept into the competition:

– documentaries;

– WEB-series;

– music videos;

– commercials;

– experimental films;

– video-art.

Out of Competition

Any film of any genre with running time (including credits) no more than 40 minutes, which is not eligible to the competition of RUIFF (for example, any documentary, music video, or fiction film made earlier than 2014), can be submitted to the Out of competition programms of RUIFF.

Submission category

You should submit your film in one of these categories:

– short fiction Competition;

– animation Competition;

– any film Out of competition.

Submission process

All submissions should be made only through the platforms:

https://filmfreeway.com/RussianIndieFilmFestival

https://www.clickforfestivals.com/russian-indie-film-festival-ruiff

https://festhome.com/f/3650

https://www.reelport.com/festivals/16584/

http://festival.movibeta.com/web/controllers/siteController.php?action=11&festival=1311

https://www.filmfestivallife.com/Russian-Indie-Film-Festival-RUIFF

https://www.iamafilm.com/RUIFF

and other platforms.

We don’t accept submissions in any way besides the platforms above, so, please, don’t send us submissions by e-mail or mail.

All submitted films should have burned-in English subtitles, if the language of the film is not English.

Important! You should be able to allow us to download your film from the platform for the selection process.

There is a fee for submission. Fee is nonrefundable.

Any filmmaker can submit as many films as he want, but each film should be submitted separately with the appropriate entry fee for each film.

Only final version of the film can be submitted.

RUIFF will not revise submitted films. RUIFF will not answer letters with the questions about the selection process, of non-selection of the film and so on.

All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s).

The festival keeps the viewing material in the festival archive for the sole purposes of documentation, and viewing by professionals on its premises.

Deadlines & Fees

Short fiction and animation Competition

Greetings deadline – 23.01.2018 – No Fee

Superearlybird deadline – 03.02.2018 – 1$

Earlybird deadline – 31.03.2017 – 4,9 $

Regular deadline – 30.06.2018 – 6,9 $

Late deadline – 15.08.2018 – 8,9 $

Last-chance deadline – 31.08.2018 – 10,9 $

Any film Out of Competition

Greetings deadline – 23.01.2018 – 1,9 $

Superearlybird deadline – 03.02.2018 – 4,9 $

Earlybird deadline – 31.03.2017 – 6,9 $

Regular deadline – 30.06.2018 – 8,9 $

Late deadline – 15.08.2018 – 10,9 $

Last-chance deadline – 31.08.2018 – 14,9 $

Entry fee is paid via submission platform.

Waivers

All fees will be spent for the technical purposes: translation, subtitling and so on. So we can’t give any fee waivers or refund entry fees in any circumstances except listed below.

In our inaugural year we are giving fee waivers only for films, accepted in the competition of any festival in these lists:

https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/90aa_rule19_short_festivals.pdf

https://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/Links.38.0.html

To receive fee waiver filmmaker should send a request letter with the appropriate information and confirmation to ruiffestival@gmail.com.

Also we can give special offers for film distibuting companies, film schools and so on for the multiple submissions. Feel free to write us ruiffestival@gmail.com to receive your special offer.

Selection

All submissions are evaluated by RUIFF Selection Committee. All submitted films will be watched by not less than 3 different persons. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

Filmmakers of all accepted films will be informed by e-mail in September 2018.

The list of selected films will be published on the festival’s website and at the festival’s Facebook group and page in October 2018.

Submitter of the accepted film should send by e-mail ruiffesival@gmail.com no later than 10.10.2018:

– projection copy (downloadable link) of the film (HD, H264, MP4, no more than 2 Gb), if your film needs subtitling in Russian we need to have projection copy without subtitles (or you can also send us the copy with Russian subtitles); 
– if your film needs subtitling in Russian – file with English subtitles and time-codes in .srt format; 
– press-kit: trailer, poster, stills of the film, synopsis, photo/biography/filmography of the director, screening/award history of the film, premier status of the film (World, International, European, Russian, Saint-Petersburg).

The authors and-or right-holders of selected films cannot withdraw the accepted submission.

Once a film is selected, the right-holder automatically authorises RUIFF:

– to screen it in the Festival programme. The right-holders of the films selected for competitive or non-competitive sections of the festival agree to the screenings of the film free of charge, and will not request a screening fee;

– use a maximum of three minutes of video from the film offline and online to promote the film and the festival;

– publish press-kit and the film trailer offline and online to promote the film and the festival;

–  to screen selected films in the RUIFF extended promotional screenings during the 12 months from the end of the festival free of charge.

RUIFF make final selections and determine in which section selected films are presented. Designation of a selected film’s program category, exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival.

Jury RUIFF

RUIFF will have an international jury. Exact persons will be announced in 2018.

Awards

Awards RUIFF (competition):

– best fiction film

– best animation

– best Russian fiction film

– best Russian animation

– best sound designer

– best art director

– best editing

– best actor

– best actress

– best screenwriter

– best director of photography

– best director

– prize from the founder of RUIFF

– Audience Choice Award

– Gran-Prix

Awards RUIFF (Out of competition):

– Audience Choice Award

RUIFF has the right to change awards categories. Final awards categories will be announced in 2018.

The winners will receive special trophy and certificate. If the winner can’t attend the ceremony, prizes will be sent to such winner by regular post at the expense of the winner.

We’ll try to find sponsors for cash prizes, but right now we can’t guarantee any cash prizes.

Place and dates of RUIFF

RUIFF 2018 will take place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in November 2018. Exact venues and dates of screenings and other parts of the festival will be announced in 2018.

Attending RUIFF

We will be glad to meet filmmakers at our festival. We will give each filmmaker 2 (two) free tickets to the festival screenings.

Sorry, but we can’t hold or refund any travel or accommodation expanses of filmmakers.

Submission to the RUIFF implies full acceptance of the terms and provisions of the present Rules and Regulations with all changes, which will be published on the site of the Festival and in it’s groop, page in Facebook.

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

RUIFF will have an international jury. Exact persons will be announced in 2018.

Documents

Place

Russia
Saint-Peterburg

Official website

ruiff.com

Contacts

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    April 03, 2017
  • Earlybird deadline
    March 31, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    June 30, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    August 15, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    August 31, 2018
  • Notifications
    September 30, 2018
  • Event dates
    30 November 2018
Categories & Fees

Animation under 15 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — free
  • Extended Deadline — free

Fiction from Russia under 26 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — free
  • Extended Deadline — free

Fiction from any country exept Russia under 26 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — 5 ₽
  • Regular Deadline — 7 ₽
  • Late Deadline — 9 ₽
  • Extended Deadline — 11 ₽

Animation from any country exept Russia under 15 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — 5 ₽
  • Regular Deadline — 7 ₽
  • Late Deadline — 9 ₽
  • Extended Deadline — 11 ₽

Out of competition films of any genre: documentary, music video, etc. (read the Rules)

  • Earlybird deadline — 7 ₽
  • Regular Deadline — 9 ₽
  • Late Deadline — 11 ₽
  • Extended Deadline — 15 ₽
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