Sukhum International Film Festival


Years running: 5 (since 2018)

Sukhum International Film Festival

International Film Festival


Sukhum international film festival is the first film festival of international level in Abkhazia.

The second festival will be held in Abkhazia from 4 to 8 April 2019. The program of 2019 will be constituted only of short fiction films. However, in the years to come this festival will open up for feature-length films and documentaries.

Films from Abkhazia, Russia, Europe and other countries of the world will be represented in the competitive programme.


The International Jury awards the following prizes – statuettes and monetary awards to the films of the Main contest:

  • Grand Prix for the best film (monetary award of 200 000 Rub)
  • Second place (monetary award of 100 000 Rub)
  • Third place (monetary award of 50 000 Rub)
  • Best director
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Best actor
  • Best cameraman
  • Best script
  • Sponsors’ and partners’ awards


The selection of films to participate in SIFF will be conducted by the Selection commission, which is to be approved by the Direction of the Festival.

The application forms for participation in the Film Festival should be sent via website.

  • Only short films which were produced in 2018 and 2019 can participate in the competition programme of the Festival
  • The maximum runtime of short films is 30 minutes, the minimum runtime is 10 minutes.
  • No unveiling criteria is applied, but the international and world premiers are preferred.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

The assessment of competition films is to be conducted by the created International Jury of the main competition 

The Jury of the main competitions consists of 5 people; a producer, 2 directors, an actor and an operator. One of the members of the Jury will be and Abkhaz cineast. 

People who participated in the creation or commercial rental of the participating films  cannot become members of the Jury.

The Direction of the SIFF will defray all expenses related to participation of each member of the Jury in the festival along with the attendant.




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 10, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    February 20, 2019
  • Notifications
    March 15, 2019
  • Event Dates
    4 — 8 April 2019
Categories & Fees


  • Earlybird Deadline — free
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