Get to Know About Moscow International Film Festival Here

moscow international film festFor the filmmakers, film festivals offer them a significant way to market their films at a proper rate. There are opportunities they can harness in order to network within the industry, get feedback from professionals, and so on. With the care of film festivals, filmmakers can bring their passion and stories to audiences, and thus receive a lot of appreciation in return.

For the audiences, they can support all the cinematic artists that participate in the festivals. The audiences can even just say hello and thank you for their hard work so that they know that their efforts are well received and appreciated. See? It is a two-way street. In the industry of film, the filmmakers need the audiences and the audiences need the filmmakers.

Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF)

Moscow International Film Festival, or best known as MIFF, is one of the most sought after film festivals in Russia and Europe. It is a showcase for films from all over the world, which is divided into 21 categories, including Main Competition, Short Film Competition, and Documentary Competition. Initially, the festival was thoughtfully done to put in the films in a variety of genres. Some of the popular sections were the Special Screenings of most inspiring public figures, for example Bruce Lee; and then the Discovery Programme. Both are some of the sections that have attracted a special segment of audience, especially those who are interested in experiencing exotic and well-directed cinema in a theater.

About NETPAC

What is NETPAC? NETPAC is the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. For the execution of Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), NETPAC have the authority to choose the best films from the Asia and Pacific region. Their task is challenging as they have to pick the best films from a pile of films from many categories. In this selection, they have to submit about five films from the Main Competition, two films from Out of Competition, one film from Discovery Cinema, and two films from Special Screenings.

Big Influence

Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) has made a big influence on the world filmmaking process, thus it significantly grew, and received popularity over the past decades. During those years, the prizes as well as recognitions were given to all the outstanding masters of world cinema. Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) has paved the way for filmmakers and as a result, they have a big opportunity as well as a chance to be known throughout the world.


The Program

The programs of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) include:

  • Main Competition,
  • Documentary Competition,
  • Short films Competition,
  • Non-competition screening,
  • Retrospective screening, and
  • Program of Russian films.

The Awards

The list the juries chosen in the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) will award the following prizes (Statuettes of St George):

  • Main prize for the Best Film (it goes to the producer);
  • Special Jury prize (it is awarded in accordance with the juries’ decision);
  • Prize for the Best Director;
  • Prize for the Best Actor;
  • Prize for the Best Actress.

The juries that value the Documentary Competition will award:

  • Prize for the best film
  • Prize for the best film of Short Films Competition

The Organizing Committee and Festival General Management of Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) will award the following prizes:

  • Special Prize for an amazing contribution to the world cinema;
  • Special Prize for the amazing achievement in the career of acting.

The additional prizes are also given at the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF):

  • Prize of the International film for the best film in the Main Competition (it goes to the director);
  • Prizes of the Russian film for the best film in the Main Competition (it goes to the director);
  • The Audience Choice Award for the best film in the Main Competition which is based on the audience polls results (it goes to the director);
  • Prize of the Russian Film Clubs Federation for the best film in the Main Competition (it goes to the director).

It is highly encouraged that the candidates, especially the winners, to personally attend the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF).


The Rules

  • Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) program includes films, which have not been screened on public on the territory of the Russian Federation except for Retrospectives and the Program of Russian films;
  • Only features films with full-length duration produced after some particular date are accepted for the Competition programs, excluding Short Films Competition;
  • World and International premieres are the basis of preference for the Competition programs;
  • The films featured in Main Competition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) should not be less than 12 films;
  • The acceptable format for Main Competition’s contestants is DCP;
  • The films featured in Documentary Competition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) should not be less than 7 films;
  • The acceptable formats for Documentary Competition’s contestants are DCP and HD Cam, but DCP format is more preferably;
  • Only short films produced after some particular date with the duration of less than 35 minutes are accepted for the Short Films Competition;
  • The acceptable format for Short Films Competition’s contestants is DCP.
  • All participants have to fill in and sign the Entry-form for each selected film, and make sure that they should arrive before the final deadline.

The Insurance Expenses

The general management of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) is expected to cover all film storage and insurance expenses while the festival is running. The insurance expenses that should be covered by general management are as follow:

  • A round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation for one representative of the films in Main Competition (either for the director or the actor/actress);
  • A round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation for one representative of the films in Documentary Competition (for the director);
  • Hotel accommodation for one representative of the films in Short Films Competition (for the director).

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