From Sept. 15, 2017 until Sept. 22, 2017
The XXVII International Documentary, Short, and Animated Film Festival Message to Man will take place between 22 - 30 September 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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)
All films should have been completed after 1 January 2016. 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.
• In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films includes:
- Short experimental films (no longer than 15 minutes) in any genre, which are technically suitable for screening in a regular cinema, completed after 1 January 2015. 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.
• National Competition of Documentary Films includes:
- Documentary films up to 120 minutes by Russian directors, or co-produced by Russian producers, completed after 1 January 2016
• Special Programs
Special programmes are established and compiled by the Organizing Committee of the Festival. The number of special programmes for each year is determined by the Organizing Committee based on the Festival's current needs and capabilities.
As part of the film festival, various exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, meetings, and workshops which provide an opportunity to screen feature films outside the competitions, as well as other cultural events that are an integral part of the Festival's programme are held.
• Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3000 for best film*
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best full-length documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short documentary film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short fiction film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best short animated film
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best debut film**
In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films
• Centaur Prize and USD 1000 for best experimental film
The Organizing Committee of the Festival, partners, sponsors, and various social organizations also award special prizes.
• Centaur Prize and RUB 30000 for best full-length documentary film
• Centaur Prize and RUB 30000 for best short documentary film
• Centaur Prize and RUB 20000 for best debut film**
*If a film receives the Golden Centaur Grand Prix, the best film nomination in 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.
Cash prizes will be transferred to the prize winners within a calendar year after the festival.
Submission Guidelines and Selection
Submissions will be accepted from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017 (for films that are to be finished in 2017 rough cuts may be submitted for selection).
Entry fee for submission of full-length documentaries to International Competitios is 10 EURO. Entry fee for submitting short films to the International Competition or In Silico Experimental Short Film Competition is 7 EURO. Submissions are not valid before the payment is received.
There is no entry fee for submission to National Competition of Documentary Films.
All materials must be submitted to the Festival office by 20 June 2017. The list of films selected for the competition programme will be published on our website on 10th of August 2017. 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 1 September 2017 or uploaded to our FTP server by 20 August. 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.
Accepted screening formats: DCP, HD files (Apple Pro Res), 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 hardcoded English subtitles if the language of the film is not English.
Invitation to the Festival
Directors whose films have been selected for the programme 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.
By tradition, the Festival reserves the right to invite distinguished guests; participants in non-competition screenings, theatre and other programmes; workshop leaders; leading actors from pictures screened at the Festival; members of the media; and representatives of various cultural organizations. Payment for accommodation and travel are considered and agreed on a case-by-case basis.
Screenings at the Festival and Broadcasts on Television and the Internet
The Festival may use excerpts from competition films (up to 10% of the length of the film, but no more than three minutes) to promote the Festival on television and the Internet.
The Festival has the right to show a film that has been selected to be included in the programme up to five times during the Festival.
The Festival also has the right to show the film that has been selected twice over the following two years as part of non-commercial screenings and the Festival's Message to Man outreach programme.
Acceptance and Acknowledgement of the Terms
By sending your electronic application to participate in the Message to Man Festival (through the Festival website, the Reelport 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.
This Festival was founded in 1989
Message to Man is one of the oldest and best known film festivals in Russia, founded in 1989, and registered by FIAPF. The program includes International Competition, In Silico Experimental Short Film Competition, National Competition of documentary films, as well as various special programs, workshops and events.
Please, check the festival website for more information: http://message2man.com/