Years running: 60 (since 1961)

VGIK International Film Festival

VGIK International Student Festival.


The aim of the traditional annual VGIK Student Festival is:

  • to present and value the latest student productions by Russian and international film and TV schools,
  • to attract attention to creativity of young generation of future professional film and TV makers,
  • to support creative, professional contacts and exchanges between film schools of the world.

The event serves as a forum reflecting wide spectrum of trends, traditions and tendencies in the world film education. We expect it to be a real fest of youth to form world screen in future.


  • The screenings of the international students’ competitive films;
  • The screenings of the VGIK competitive films;
  • Non-competitive screenings;
  • Press-conferences, round tables discussions, master classes;
  • Special conferences;
  • Special events;
  • Concerts and entertainment.



  • Grand Prix
  • Prize for the best film school program
  • Prize for the best feature
  • Prize for the best documentary
  • Prize for the best animation
  • Prize for the best multimedia project 

The Student jury award:

  • Prize for the best student film of the International Competition.

Audience Award for the best film.

All the student works participating in the film competition will be given the Diploma of the VGIK INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL.


  • All films should be done by students of professional film and television schools;
  • Only works (feature, documentary, animation) produced in 2019 − 2020 will be included in the competitive section;
  • Pre-selection of films is done by the film-schools according to their own rules;
  • Each school is invited to submit a film program totaling a maximum of 40 minutes;
  • The total duration of the program of the International competition should not exceed 14 hours;
  • Movies that are not included in the competition may be submitted to other special film programs;
  • The submitted films which are not in Russian or English require English subtitles.

The application should be accomplished by:

  • The blank of application should be filled in electronically, 4 DVDs (copies for the selection) of the film program with English subtitles should be sent by post, but we can allow exceptions to this rule;
  • For more details about Master-copies read Article 2.5 of the Rules and Regulations: Master copies;
  • English dialogue lists (sent by e-mail)
  • 2-3 stills from the film (sent by e-mail);
  • 1 photo of the director (sent by e-mail)
  • The Committee should receive the disks before the deadline;
  • We kindly ask you not to wait until the deadline but rather send your film as soon as possible;
  • Applications submitted later will not be accepted. The postage costs for sending DVDs to the Festival are covered by the participants.


  • The Festival invites one school-representative and one student (preferably a film author) from each school, providing them with accommodation and 3 meals a day for the whole festival week. Extra days are paid on the participant’s account;
  • The festival provides food and accommodation only for the participants from other cities and towns (not Moscow and Moscow region);
  • The festival doesn't cover the travel costs;

Screening Media Type: DVD (PAL only), 35 мм, DCP, Blu-Ray

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organizing Committee Chairman — VGIK rector




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All-Russian State University
of Cinematography named
after S.A. Gerasimov (VGIK)
129226, Russia , Moscow,
Wilhelm Pieck street , 3 

Phone: +7 499 181 24 
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    September 14, 2020
  • Event dates
    16 — 20 November 2020
Categories & Fees

Student films (under 40 minutes).

  • Deadline — free
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