Entries Invited for the Baikal International Film Festival Contest


Entries are invited from filmmakers all over the world to participate in the Baikal International Film Festival, which will take place in Irkutsk in Russia. The theme of this year’s edition of the festival is “People and Environment”. The festival is aimed at raising environmental awareness by means of cinematography.

The Film Festival is conceived by the organizers as a platform to make people think about inter-relations between mankind and nature.

Entries for the contest must be films (documentary, feature (not less than 25 min and animation (not less than 1 minute) from different countries. The films submitted for the contest must correspond with the Festival subject and be created not earlier than in 2020, running time from 25 minutes (documentary and feature) from all over the world and complying with the theme of the Festival.

The Festival contest jury will evaluate films and decides on the winners and awardees of the Festival in the following categories:

  • Festival Grand Prix n.a. V. Rasputin (including 300 000 Russian rubles award);
  • The best documentary film n.a. M. Romm;
  • The best popular-science film n.a. I. Cherskiy;
  • The best feature film L. Gaidai;
  • The best animated film;
  • “Baikal” Prize – for acuteness of the problem (film on the most actual ecological problems).

The Festival does not pay for the films. For the entry form the following must be provided: copy of a film in electronic form with a link on video plattform; photo materials for the catalogue (in electronic form) must contain filmmaker’s photo and film snapshots (in jpg or tiff, 300 dpi, not less than 500 Kb). To be viewed by the selection committee, applicants must provide: for films in the original language – a copy with English subtitles and editorial scripts (lay-out sheets) in English should be sent, this is obligatory for all participants.

For films in English – a film copy and editorial scripts in English should be sent, this is obligatory. The entry must include: film title, copyright owners/production company, filmmaker name, cameraman name, film running time, the year of a film production, nomination, director biography and filmography, film synopsis (70 words). Film trailer should be sent too.

Failure to fulfill at least one of the requirements entails exclusion from the selection.

The jury reserves the right to add any other nomination and award a film with corresponding diploma.

There are special awards as well and these are:  Youth Jury Award; Mass Media Award; and Audience Award. State, public, educational entities and other organizations will be given the opportunity to give optional awards on the Festival. There are personalized awards as well.

Submission of films for the Festival contest programme will end on April 15, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/BaikalInternationalFilmFestivalPEOPLEANDENVIRONMENT.