International Film Festival Message To Man - edition - 2019-09-14

IFF Message To Man // International Film Festival Message To Man - edition - 2019-09-14

30th edition

Sep 11 - Sep 19, 2021
St. Petersburg, Russia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description The XXX International Documentary, Short, and Animated Film Festival Message to Man will take place between September 11-19, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the oldest documentary film festival in Russia, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020. The competition sections include full-length and short documentaries, fiction shorts, animation shorts, and experimental films. The total prize fund is around $20,000. The festival takes place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

“Message to Man” was founded in 1989 to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in the cultural life of the USSR and allow national documentary filmmakers to become more familiar with the world of international cinema. However, with years, the goals of the Festival had broadened and as a result, short fiction and animated films were added to the competition program.

“Message to Man” is the only international documentary, short and animated film festival in Russia and in the countries of the former Soviet Union that is officially registered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association in Paris (Federation Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films – FIAPF).

Many great filmmakers have been our guests, participants and members of the jury: Erwin Leiser, Tonino Guerra, Volker Schlöndorff, Agnès Varda, Godfrey Reggio, Emir Kusturica, Isabelle Huppert, Werner Herzog, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Ulrich Gregor, Leo Hurwicz, Gerrit van Dijk, Mira Nair, Alexander Sokurov, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ulrich Seidl, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abdellatif Kechiche, Bill Plympton, Brillante Mendoza, Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello, Vincent Pérez, Nastassja Kinski, Alan Berliner, Niko von Glasow, Helena Trestíková, Marina Goldovskaya, Victor Kossakovsky, Garri Bardin, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Sergei Loznitsa, Vitaly Mansky among others.

In 2017 we welcomed the great Claude Lanzmann at the M2M festival, where he presented his new film "Napalm" and received an award for Contribution to Cinematic Arts.
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Class Founded: 1989
Festival category: A (official A list)
Dates Open call: Jan 20, 2020

Regular deadline: May 31, 2020
Late deadline: May 31, 2020

Notification date: Aug 15, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 7.00 to 10.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 2.00 EUR cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 10,000.00 USD
Festival sections
Full-lenth, mid-length and short documenatries, short fiction, short animation
Special Screenings
Out-of-competition screenings of prominent films
General rules The Festival is being organized with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the St. Petersburg City Administration, the Committee of Culture of St. Petersburg, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, and the Federal Foundation for Social and Economic Support of National Cinematography.

The Festival is held under the supervision of the Non-Commercial Partnership for the Promotion of Cinema and Theatre MESSAGE TO MAN.

International Competition includes:
- Full-length documentary films (from 40 to 120 minutes)
- Short documentary films (up to 40 minutes)
- Short and animated films (up to 30 minutes), which were completed after 1 January 2019. The production date is determined by the copyright notice indicated in the film or on the video copy. English subtitles are required for all films with spoken dialogue unless English is the language of the film.

Awards in International Competition
• Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3,000 for best film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best full-length documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short fiction film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short animated film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best debut film*
If a film receives the Golden Centaur Grand Prix, the best film nomination in the respected category is not awarded (for instance, if an animation receives the Grand Prix, the prize for best animated short film is canceled).

* A debut film is any film produced by a director while a student at a film school, or the first or second film of a director who has not received any special education.

Submission Guidelines and Selection

Submissions will be accepted from January 20, 2020, to May 31, 2020 (for films that are to be finished in 2020 rough cuts may be submitted for selection).

Entry fee for submission to the International Competition is 7 EURO for short films, 10 EUR for full-length films. The fee is to be paid via online platform (only if the film is submitted through FilmFestivalLife) or on the festival website. Submissions to the International Competition are not valid before the payment is received.

All materials must be submitted to the Festival office by June 15, 2020 The list of films selected for the competition program will be published on our website at the beginning of August 2020. The producers and creators of the selected films will be notified in advance by email. The decisions of the Selection Committee are final.
Shipping, Return of Copies, and Insurance
Screening copies of selected films should be delivered to our office by August 14, 2020 or uploaded to our FTP server by August 20. If the copy is not received by this deadline, then the Festival shall remove the film from the programme.

The Festival's official shipper is DHL. We recommend sending screening copies via that company. Copies should be sent to the following address: Message to Man International Film Festival, 27 Kanal Griboedova, St. Petersburg, 191186 Russia.

If you are sending materials from abroad, please mark the package with ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE; FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY’.

The participant is responsible for paying for the delivery of a copy of the film to the Festival, including insuring the shipment. There may be exceptions as agreed by the Organizing Committee of the Festival. The Festival is liable for insurance costs during the period between the time the copy is received and its return, as well as for the costs of returning the copy. Copies will be sent back to the addresses provided in the application within three weeks of the end of the Festival.

Screening Formats
Accepted screening formats: DCP, HD files (Apple ProRes), or a Blu-ray optical disc (without menus, copy protection, or regional codes). The detailed technical requirements and instructions will be sent to the copyright holders of selected films individually. The screening copy must have hard coded English subtitles if the language of the film is not English.

Invitation to the Festival
Directors whose films have been selected for the program will be invited to attend the Festival. If the director is not able to attend, his or her invitation may be transferred (with the approval of the Organizing Committee of the Festival) to another member of the film crew.
The Festival will supply the representatives of the competition films with an invitation to receive free visas and hotel accommodation for three nights. The Festival cannot cover the travel costs of participants.

The Festival has the right to show a film that has been selected to be included in the program up to five times during the Festival.

Acceptance and Acknowledgement of the Terms
By sending your electronic application to participate in the Message to Man Festival (through the Festival website, the FilmFestivalLife platform, or other authorized resource), or by completing a paper copy of the application, you certify that you are an authorized representative of the film's rights holder and agree in full to the above paragraphs of these Regulations.