The aim of Kyiv International Short Film Festival (further mentioned as Festival) is to present the large panorama of short films from around the world which are created by professionals as well as film schools’ students, to develop the platform for presenting Ukrainian films and networking of Ukrainian and foreign film professionals.

We invite short films with a duration of up to 30 minutes which have been finished after January 1th 2018 and consider to pertain to one of the following categories: fiction, documentary, animation or experimental.



To submit the film please use the FilmfreeWay:

Every film which is not originally in English must have English subtitles to be considered for the selection.

Films must be submitted by the director, producer, distributor of any other official representative. A person, who submit the film, holds all necessary rights for the film to participate in the Festival. This person is also responsible to proceed with communications with a Festival.



January 31, 2020 — regular deadline. During the regular deadline the fee of $6 is charged for the films under 15 minutes and the fee of $8 for the films over 15 minutes.

February 28, 2020 — late deadline. During the late deadline the fee of $8 is charged for the films under 15 minutes and the fee of $10 for the films over 15 minutes.

Please be advised that bulk submissions by film schools are free of charge (the password should be requested from, while individual students are not eligible for the free submission).



The limited number of films will be selected for the program of the Festival. The films selected by the special selection committee of the Festival will be invited to take part in the program. The submitters of the selected films will be notified before the March, 15. In case the film is selected, the submitter will be asked to send the screening agreement, stills, subtitles (dialogue lists with time-codes), projection copy (without burnt in subtitles) via the Internet or to the physical address of the Festival.

The selected films will be screened in Kyiv during the Festival up to two times. The best works will be included in the program of KISFF on tour (Best of KISFF). The winners of the Festival will be automatically included in the program. If your work didn’t win but was selected for the ‘Best of KISFF» you would be notified separately. The initiative of ‘Best of KISFF» is aimed to present the latest short films to the citizens of the cities where the possibilities to see the festival short films are very confined.

The Festival has no possibility to pay the screening fee.

The directors of all films which has been selected for the official program of the Festival (either competitive or not) will be invited to Kyiv, covering the accommodation and transfer from/to an airport. Festival will be discussing the possibilities of covering the travel costs with every guest individually.



The program of the Festival consists of International Competition, National Competition, non-competitive and special screenings, master-classes and meetings with guests and special events. Apart of the official selection, there will be screenings of partner organizations — other festivals, films schools, archives, cultural institutions.

The winners of the International and National Competitions will be selected by the International and National Jury Boards correspondingly. There are minimum 3 international film professionals in each Jury Board. The authors of the winning films will be awarded from the Festival Prize Fund.

There are three main Awards at the Festival: Best Film, Best Director, Audience Award. Jury Board can also award films with ‘Jury Special Mention’ (up to 2 awards).

The submitting of the application automatically means the agreement of the authors with rules mentioned in this document.