33rd Message to Man International Film Festival is accepting applications

Message to Man International Festival of documentary, short, animated and experimental films announces its 2023 dates and is now accepting applications for the competition. The history of one of Russia’s largest and most prominent film festivals goes back to 1989. In 2023, the festival will be held in St. Petersburg for the 33rd time; film screenings will take place at the main venues in St. Petersburg on October 6–14.Programme Directorate’s selection committee of the 33rd Message to Man International Film Festival will be naming films for participation in three competitions: International, National and In Silico experimental film competition.

Applications are accepted from January 18 through June 18, 2023.

 “The 32nd Message to Man International Film Festival, held in October last year, demonstrated the most important thing: our audience remained loyal to us, and it even increased. It may seem that tens of thousands of viewers in a multi-million city is not that much. But then again, you don’t need much salt to get the taste right. And if the salt loses its potency, how do you make it salty? Pardon me for the lofty quote, but let’s not forget the evangelical meaning that our festival’s founder, documentary filmmaker Mikhail Litvyakov, put into the word ‘message’.

There are still people in Russia for whom it is important to feel that they and their city are part of global cultural process. And there are artists who combine originality with the ability to see universal things in local matters. Such as director Alexei Fedorchenko, who was awarded our prize for artistic contribution. Or Larisa Sadilova, who became a member of the international jury. And there are people in the world who are willing to support us, such as Chairman of the Jury, Vuk Mitevski; from the hands of Aleksey Uchitel he accepted a prize on behalf of the Mitevski family clan – the leaders of European auteur cinema.

After screenings, many viewers said: ‘We did not believe that was possible.’ In fact, we did not believe it ourselves. Yet, the possibility remains,” – notes Alexei Medvedev, programme director of the Message to Man Film Festival.

The Festival’s jury will evaluate films in the following nominations:

  • Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3,000 prize for Best Film: awarded by the jury of the international competition
  • Three special Centaur prizes and USD 1,000 with each prize: awarded by the jury of the international competition
  • Special Centaur prize and RUB 50,000 for Best Documentary Film of the National Competition: awarded by the jury of the national competition
  • Jury’s special Centaur prize and RUB 30,000 (with explanatory wording): awarded by the jury of the national competition
  • Centaur Prize of the Jury in the In Silico experimental film competition and USD 1,000 for the best experimental film.

Applications for the film’s participation may be submitted:

  • via the form at the festival’s website at message2man.com
  • via online platforms



Applications will be accepted from January 18 through June 18, 2023 (for films produced in 2023, applications may be submitted at the film’s offline editing stage).

No application fee is charged for participation in the national competition.

There is a EUR 5 application fee to be paid when applying for the In Silico experimental films competition.

Application fees must be paid to participate in the international competition:

– EUR 20 for full-length documentaries (40 to 120 minutes);

– EUR 10 for short live-action films (up to 30 min);

– EUR 7 for short documentaries (up to 40 min);

– EUR 7 for short animated films (up to 30 min).

Payment is to be made via online platforms when applying through them. The application is considered incomplete if payment is not made and, in this case, will not be considered by the selection committee.

Please find Rules of the Festival at message2man.com