PRIZE FUND – RUB 1 600 000

End of December, all regions of Russia will host the All-Russian Short Film Day-2021 for the eighth time with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives. The event will include non-commercial screening of short fiction, documentary and animated films, and social short videos of 2020-2021, including winners of the leading Russian and international film festivals; a non-commercial screening of international short film programmes; educational and business programmes; interviews with the leading film experts dedicated to short film; Short Film Night; flash mob My First Short Film.

We are collecting applications to participate in competitive screening during the Event. Winners, who will be selected by the Expert Council, will receive cash prizes. The prize fund is RUB 1 600 000. Prizes will be awarded in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, Best Premiere Film, Best Director, Best Director's Work in a Documentary, Best Script, Best Cinematography. In addition, there will be viewers’ voting at

Short fiction, documentary and animated films up to 30 minutes, produced in 2020-2021, with one of the authors (director, writer, producer) being a citizen of the Russian Federation aged from 18 to 35, are accepted to participate in the Event programme. Applications are accepted until November 15, 2021 (inclusive) on the website.

Venues and organizations that wish to organize non-commercial screening of the action programmes are also invited to cooperation. To participate in the action it is necessary to fill the application form on the website.

For more details, see the Rules and Regulations of the Event.

Due to the current epidemiological situation, all the events will be held in a hybrid format – online and offline, in compliance with all necessary sanitary and epidemiological norms.
The event is organized by MovieStart Producer Centre, with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, Russian Union of Cinematographers, National Foundation for the Support of Copyright Holders, CANON.

The Project is implemented under the leadership of producer Dmitry Yakunin, Secretary of the Russian Union of Cinematographers, executive director of the Youth Centre of the Russian Union of Cinematographers.

MovieStart Producer Centre
Of. 35, 2d floor, build. 1, h. 13, Vasilyevskaya str., Moscow 123056
(Central House of Cinematographers)
Tel.: +7 499 251 85 11

Background info

The International Short Film Day has been celebrated on 21 December, the shortest day of the year, since 2011, at the initiative of the French National Centre for Cinematography and Animation. Public screenings take place in different venues: in cinemas, bars, theatres, on TV channels, at universities, libraries, schools, Internet portals, shopping malls, museums, co-working spaces, etc. In 2014, the action took place in Russia for the first time at the initiative of the Youth Centre of the Russian Union of Cinematographers.

In 2019 and 2020, the project was supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation, which contributed to the growth of the project's scale – non-profit screenings were held at more than 1200 venues, in 69 regions and 230 cities of Russia; new Russian films were shown in 29 countries of the world, and over 600 media stories were released about the project. Among the venues were cinema theatre chains, ASI’s Boiling Points, ‘Russia’s My History’ Multimedia Centres, cultural and leisure facilities, educational institutions, libraries, museums, and cafes. The events were attended by more than 220,000 cinemagoers. The campaign is held throughout Russia and abroad, making the works of young filmmakers available to the Russian and foreign audience.