Years running: 6 (since 2013)

Yakutsk International Film Festival

International Film Festival.


The first Film Festival of the republic titled ‘Cinema of the Arctic’ was held in September 2011. Many well-known Russian filmmakers attended, such as the director and producer Sergei Selyanov, screenwriter, actress and director Renata Litvinova, sound engineer Aliakper Hasan Zadeh, film critics Anton Dolin and Sergey Anashkin. After the festival federal mass media released series of publications and started numerous discussions about the phenomenon of Sakha filmmaking and attracted a lot of attention to the Yakutian cinema internationally. The ‘Cinema of the Arctic’ was the starting point in the organization of the Yakutsk International Film Festival.
The first annual Yakutsk International Film Festival was held in August 2013, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Russian Cinematographers' Union.
The Yakutsk International Film Festival is held in order to develop cultural exchange and creative collaboration between filmmakers from all over the world and aimed to improve the overall image of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
Main idea of the festival is the integration of Yakutian cinema in the Russian and world film industry. President of the Yakutsk International Film Festival is the CEO of Lenfilm studio Mr. Eduard Pichugin.



The logo and the main prize of the Yakutsk International Film Festival are the snow goggles. The goggles are made of silver with a splash of zirconium in the form of the Big Dipper and a diamond that symbolizes the Northern Star.
A long time ago, people who lived in the Far North invented goggles that could protect their eyes from blindness caused by the bright sun rays that reflected on the snow. The first snow goggles were made of tree bark or bones, with narrow slits for looking.
The reason why goggles became the symbol and logo of the festival is because it was an essential item of daily life and traditional culture of the Yakutian people. Also the goggles are a symbol of visual arts and a part of continuous technological progress in film industry, like the development of 3D-cinema.
The jury will be awarding the following prizes:
Main Competition / Documentary Films Competition:
Golden Snow Goggles:

  • Best Film (awarded to the producer or the director);
  • Best Director;

Silver Snow Goggles:

  •  two Special Prizes of the Jury (title of the special prize is renewed every year depending on the jury, prizes are awarded upon the decision of the jury).

There is also a special Audience Choice Prize for Yakutian films that were acquired by major media groups from August 2016 to August 2017. The Audience Choice Prize winner is determined via an on-line voting at
Golden Snow Goggles:

  • Best Yakutian Movie (awarded to the producer or the director).

Silver Snow Goggles:

  • the Best Actress in Yakutian film; the Best Actor in Yakutian film.
  • The winner of the Silver Snow Goggles prize of Innokenty Ammosov, a talented cameraman, Honored Filmmaker of Russia, and winner of Platon Oyunsky Award, will be determined by the Union of Cinematographers of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
  • Golden Snow Goggles will be also awarded for contribution to the development of Yakutian cinema.


In the Main Competition Yakutsk International Film Festival attended by at least seven full-length movies.

Along with the message on participation in the Directorate YIFF should be sent the following documents:

  • The list of subtitles in English;
  • Synopsis, promotional materials, press materials;
  • Promotional video and stills on the DVD;
  • Materials for the catalog (information about the creators of the film, photography, including photo of the director, slides, films).

Accepting applications for consideration by the Directorate YIFF through
Admission films for consideration by a selection committee through online system Dropbox (

Screening Media Type: DCP, HD

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: russian, english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

YIFF is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Russian Cinematographers' Union.




Official website


The Directorate YIFF:

677011, Russian Federation, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yakutsk, Lenin Avenue 30, office 319

tel: +7(4112) 506-324, +79246614383 Irina Engelis


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 01, 2017
  • Event dates
    6 — 10 September 2017
Categories & Fees

Feature films, 60 minutes minimum.

  • Deadline — free

Feature films, 60 minutes minimum. Films produced after August, 2016

  • Deadline — free

Documentary films (26 minutes minimum).

  • Deadline — free
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