Rules & Terms
1. Kinosaray Positive Film Festival is being held in Obyrok Art-Village (Ukraine) from Friday June 25th to Monday, June 28th, 2021. The Festival takes place annually during the last weekend of June.

2. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness the films of all genres which promote a positive attitude to life, world, nature, animals, other people. We are looking for works that will make people feel happiness, love, value friendship.

3. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises special events such as film or animation workshops.

4. Official Selection

To participate in the competition program, you can submit films of all genres, the total running time of the film needs to be of less than 50 minutes (including credits).

We welcome fiction, documentary and animation short films at Kinosaray - Positive Film Festival.

5. Juries and Awards

An International Jury composed of personalities from the world of cinema and culture from various countries, excluding any person involved in any capacity in the production of the invited films or who may have an interest in their distribution, will award the following prizes for the feature categories:

Grand Prix for the Best film of International Competition program
(The statuette «The Obyroskar»)

Award for the Best film in each category of Competition program
(The statuette «The Obyroskar»)

- Award for Short International Fiction Film
- Award for Short International Documentary Film
- Award for Short International Animation Film
- Award for Short Ukrainian Fiction Film
- Award for Short Ukrainian Documentary Film
- Award for Short Ukrainian Animation Film
- Award for Film about Sustainability

Special Award of Leonid Kanter
(The statuette «The Obyroskar»)

6. Selection of films/projects

6.1 Selection Procedure

Only films that have been registered can be considered for selection.
Film registrations are accepted exclusively online on FilmFreeway.

The Program Director will be assisted by his staff of programmers, as well as by a group of correspondents and international consultants, each responsible for different categories, in order to select the Projects.

Selection will be made under the following criteria: positive attitude to life, world, nature, animals, other people. Everything that will make people feel happiness, love, value friendship.

6.2 Submission Deadlines

Following deadlines must be met without exception:

December Deadline: 27 December 2020
January Deadline: 27 January 2021
February Deadline: 27 February 2021
March Deadline: 27 March 2021
April Deadline: 17 April 2021
May Deadline: 8 May 2021
Last call: 28 May 2021

All the films have to be registered by May 28th 2021, via FilmFreeway.

Notification date: 7 June 2021

6.3 Registration Fees

For each film submitted to the selection of the Festival, a registration fee is requested to cover administrative and programming costs. Films will only be considered for selection after the entry fee is received.

There are special conditions for film schools, film institutes and ukrainian filmmakers. Please contact the Programme Coordinator on our contact page for further details.

This fee will not be reimbursed under any circumstance.

6.4 Materials to submit

Films are to be submitted in their original version for the selection process. Films in Ukrainian do not require translation. Films in other languages must be subtitled in English.

All Projects must be uploaded via FilmFreeway Secure Online Screener system or via a Vimeo link entered directly on the online application.

Kinosaray Positive Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any Project that is not submitted via one of these formats.

6.5. Dialogues/Subtitles

If your project includes non-English dialogues, please ensure all subtitles are hardcoded to your video file (we do not accept a translated list of dialogue on paper).

6.6 Completion

Projects need to be completed from January 1, 2020, to be eligible for consideration for the 2021 edition of the Festival.

6.7 Re-submission

Projects that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission only if the content of the submitted Project has changed significantly since the previous year in which the Project was submitted.

6.8 Declaration of Rights Upon Submitting a Film

Kinosaray Positive Film Festival will only accept the submission of a film if the submitter is the holder of all usage rights to the film necessary for the submission and use of the film within the context of participation in Kinosaray. Festival reserves the right to demand appropriate proof of these rights and to reject the submission upon failure to provide it.

6.9 Notification

All the submitted films will be notified on June 7th 2021 in writing, if their film has been successful or not.

If your film is invited to the official selection of Kinosaray, you will be contacted by the Festival in regards to all the logistical and practical details of your screening during the Festival.

7. Selected Films/Projects

The invitation to participate is issued by the Program Director or the section heads, respectively. Only officially selected films/projects can participate in the Kinosaray.

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, Kinosaray will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project's acceptance status. Kinosaray disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct.

8. Participants Obligations

Program Director of Kinosaray may exclude the films, which contains scenes of violence, racism or porn.

8.1 Acceptance Form

Selected films will receive an Acceptance Form to be duly completed and returned no later than 10 days after the end of the extended submission deadline. Receipt of the form by the Festival implies the legal acceptance of the invitation by all concerned and will be considered definitive and irrevocable.

8.2 Screening Formats

The Festival reserves the right to refuse any copy which, on advice of the Festival technicians, is considered to be of inadequate quality for public screening.

Should the film copies not be delivered to the Festival 10 days before the start of the Festival, the relevant screenings will be cancelled.

8.3 Catalogue

All the material required for the Festival catalogue (synopses, cast and credits, biography and a complete filmography of the director, photographs of the director, of actors and scenes from the film in b/w and colour, plus a brief director's comment on the film) must reach the Festival as soon as possible, but no later than 10 days after the end of the last call deadline.

8.4 Press Material

The presenters of films participating in the Festival must send the promotional material for distribution to the press (press book, digital images of the film and the director, video material, audio clips, etc.), no later than 10 days after the end of the last call deadline.

8.5 Official Logo

Films awarded a prize must state which award was won, in accordance with the official graphic designs predetermined and supplied by Kinosaray.

9. Hospitality

Kinosaray invites film authors and leading actors to attend the presentation of their films in Art-Village Obyrok. The festival is not in the position to cover travel expenses, although a certain number of hostel rooms are made available during the event. Our Hospitality department will be in touch accordingly.

10. Author's copyright

All necessary measures will be taken by the Kinosaray to protect the author's copyright for works entrusted to the Festival.

The festival has the right to use materials submitted by the participant, as well as a film excerpt up to 10% of the total duration, for the advertising purposes of the festival on the Internet.

11. Usage Rights

The participant declares and guarantees that he/she is the holder of all usage rights necessary for the use of the film in the context of this agreement.

The participant affirms that any third parties involved in the production and distribution of the film have agreed, where necessary, to its use in the context of Kinosaray Positive Film Festival as specified in this agreement.

The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of this agreement, no rights of third parties, including persons depicted in the film, are infringed.

If you have any questions, please contact us

UPD. 27/04/2021

We were forced to withdraw from the competition all films produced in the Russian Federation. In connection with the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

We are aware that not all Russian authors support Russian aggression to Ukraine. However, we decided don't show Russian cinema in the 2021 program.

We hope that this situation will change next year.

If you have any problems with the refund of the registration fee,
please write to the official e-mail: [email protected]

Thank you for understanding.

Sergey Turkov
Executive producer
Kinosaray - Positive Film Festival
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