Esperanza International Film Festival

Esperanza International Film Festival

2nd edition

Aug 18 - Aug 25, 2021
Moscow, Russia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Short

Mission / description Our event is devoted to exploration of different artistic ways for remarkable expression of the author’s view, not dictated by any of political or trend frames, but delivered with high quality and in a respective manner.
We promote cinematic art as the greatest means for dialog between nations and try to deepen community’s understanding of Russian mentality. We encourage directors and producers to rise the issues of all kinds of global or local problems, because we strongly believe in cinematic power in solving them and awakening people’s mind.
We introduce the new world’s independent filmmakers to Russian spectators, show best Russian and world’s new films to distributors and broaden the exchange of experience between Russian, European, Asian and American cinema art schools.
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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Feb 28, 2016

Early bird deadline: Mar 20, 2016
Regular deadline: Apr 30, 2016
Late deadline: May 20, 2016

Notification date: Jun 01, 2016

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Fees Fees range from 0.00 to 40.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 5,000.00 USD
Other prizes: audience award, consolation prizes
Market Type: Completed Films, Scripts / New Projects, Co-Productions

Description: russian distributors, producers, TV-professionals, directors.
General rules - Programming is at the sole discretion of the head programmer of festival and his decision is final and irrevocable.
– Each film is screened or pitched 1 to 3 times during the festival.
– No premier requirements, but the the films must have neither been presented in television nor in the internet (except for music video).
– No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival program after its publication.
– Student works are accepted, but we do not accept work-in-progress for competition.
– Films which have previously been submitted and viewed for Esperanza selection cannot apply a second time.
- For the preview organizers agree uniquely with digital supports, FilmFestivalLife screener is accepted.
- Movies submitted to Esperanza Festival can be of any language, but must have English subtitles (excluding films in Russian and English) – for selection process.
- Date of completion: Within 18 months prior the festival (after February 2015).
- Submission fees are non-refundable.
– After the festival one copy of the film will be kept in festival’s archive for historical and research purposes.
- Our festival is bilingual, so
Films in Russian language will be required to have English subtitles
Festival takes responsibility of making Russian translation to all selected non-russian films. The directors will be asked to send the original version of the film without subtitles and a cover letter with original dialog list.
- The festival is authorized to make one excerpt not exceeding 10% or max. 3 minutes of the total running time to be used promoting the festival in different media and internet sites.
– The filmmaker agrees to deliver the selected film in one of the exhibition formats by July 1, 2016 at the least
- You required to send us stills from the film, poster, a photo of director, trailer and other promotional material which you have. You must authorize Esperanza IFF to use your selected work and materials for festival promotional purposes.
- You must accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film and warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at Esperanza Festival 2016.
- The filmmaker is solely responsible for the content of the film and agrees that the film does not contain any content that may be construed as: libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, sexually, racially or ethically offensive, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory or abusive.