Moscow International Experimental Film Festival 2017 call for entries

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The 2nd edition of the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival stands on a ground stone laid in by the first run in July 2016, which has been moulded by the strong support of our multifaceted jury board, collaboration with an array of outsourced talent, gratifying (in both quality and scale) response of the press in Russia and abroad, but most importantly – the engagement of a wider creative young audience with this minor and brave approach in seeing things differently in film.

Our shortlist and winners program tours the world from Los Angeles (FFM program at UCLA) over Europe to St Petersburg and many cities in Russia.

MIEFF is launched by a strong ambition to create a festival that fully devotes itself to a well-deserved and close up look at a wide range of experimental film categories. This guarantees exclusive and thorough attention to talents that might have previously been overlooked by the vast number of conventional filmmaking festivals that only spare a small corner for experimental categories within their programmes. Our priority here is to showcase the best and most interesting work side by side, hopefully giving gifted artists and filmmakers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their talent side by side and for the audience to have a real gasp of fresh air over the running days of our festival.

So whether you are an amateur starting out or an established experienced professional – we would like to encourage you to submit if you do practise pushing the boundaries and experimenting within the film medium. We chose films that allow us to focus on unconventional ways of narrating into the audience’s mind, rightfully breaking their pattern of accommodated filmic perception through the brave and exquisite vision of our participants. 

Awards & Prizes

Our jury comprises of people whose opinion is valid in a nowadays era of such varied backgrounds as contemporary art, experimental film, contemporary theatre and dance, both invited foreign guests and Russian connoisseurs. Their presence and attention will bring a wider range of audience and will offer professional and caring feedback during the course of our festival in the context of each of their representative specialised backgrounds.

The jury will choose and award the BEST work in each category and will be awarded with a certificate. Works from official selection will receive the festival’s official selection vine-leaf circlet logo file.

Rules & Terms

Please take your time to read the below terms and rules before submitting your work.

  • Films and videos completed on or after January 1, 2016 are eligible. 
  • RUNNING TIME LIMITATION is 40 MINUTES or less. More than 40 minutes will not be considered. 
  • You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories. 
  • You will be required to provide film and production stills and a 60-second or less clip or trailer for the festival publicity purposes. 
  • Your film (applies to non-English language films) needs to be provided with English subtitles at the moment of submission. 
  • If your film will be selected, you’ll need to provide a dialogue list in English (applies to films in any language). 
  • You will need to submit an HD as the least resolution for screening your film in the case if it will be selected.
  • By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees that if selected for the festival - their film will be screened in a live venue in front of live audience. 
  • By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist acknowledges and agrees for the festival to use publicity material (film, production stills, posters, 60-second or less clip 
  • etc.) from selected films to promote the festival in print and online. 
  • By submitting, the participant filmmaker/artist warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

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Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)