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5th BRICS Film Festival – Call for submissions

By 29 June 2021No Comments



The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) invites South African filmmakers to submit feature fiction and short films to screen at the BRICS Film Festival in Moscow, Russia. It will be held from the 21st to the 25th of May, 2020.

South Africa is a member of BRICS, an acronym coined for its association with five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Thirty films are scheduled to be screened in five days (six films from each BRICS member state: two in the main competition, four in the out-of-competition category). The competition and out-of-competition films will be screened in cinema theatres throughout Moscow. There will be no more than three screenings of each film during the festival. The screenings will be conducted in the DCP format. All the festival films are for non-commercial screenings only.

Upon watching the main competition films the Jury will give out the following awards: Prize for the Best Film, Prize the Best Director, Prize for the Best Actor, Prize for the Best Actress, and Special Jury Prize. The winner in each category will receive a prize and a diploma.

Please note: In light of COVID-19, the NFVF has decided to take safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and South Africa’s participation will only be to submit films for the film festival and no South African official or filmmakers will be travelling to Moscow. 


  • Films submitted for the competition section must be feature-length films (duration of 90-120 minutes) completed between 2018 and 2019.
  • Films should have not been released in Russian territory or previously screened at any BRICS Film Festivals.
  • Films submitted may include fiction, documentary, and experimental films, but only those directed by filmmakers who have completed no more than three (3) feature-length films in their careers.
  • In the case of international co-productions, the member state must be a major partner in the project for the film to be eligible.
  • All films should be submitted in English or English subtitled. 
  • All films will be submitted to the Film and Publication Board (FPB) for classification.




  • To submit films for consideration, the filmmaker/producer must send all required documentation and provide a link to an online screener of the film.
  • Each member country may submit up to 4 submissions per filmmaker/producer.


  • All approved submissions will be forwarded to the Festival selection committee for selection.
  • Films must be made available for screening not later than 24th of April 2020.


  • Full synopsis of the project
  • Production year
  • Press Kit and Details of key creative team i.e. director, producer and main cast (film details in the English language)
  • High resolution poster (300dpi)
  • Trailer (in the .mov/.mp4 formats)
  • 5 High resolution production stills
  • Director’s biography and filmography, and two photographs of the director
  • Promotional Material
  • Downloadable video with English subtitles
  • Original language dialog continuity and a time-coded English subtitles file.
  • Film should be in a DCP format with switch on / switch off English subtitles.
  • Blu-ray disks with English subtitles for judges

NB! Non-compliance to the above-mentioned will result in disqualification.

Please note:

  • The production of the participating films should be completed no earlier than in 2018.
  • Films that have already been part of the BRICS member states festival programs cannot apply again.
  • Filmmakers should bear in mind that the NFVF and DSAC reserve the right to select the films to be presented at the film festival.

Deadline for submissions is 24th April 2020. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

For project submissions and queries, kindly contact Mr. Ntuthuko Mageba

Email: or Tel: +27 11 483 0880

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