The SPIFF Saint Petersburg International Film Festival is an annual independent short film festival founded in 2017 and held in Saint Petersburg. This year’s festival will be running for three days from14th to 16th February 2020 at the Rodina Cinema Center.
SPIFF’s program is carefully curated by the selection committee who have reviewed more 900 films from 75 countries sent this year. As a result, SPIFF 2020 screens 20 short films from 15 countries such as Russia, USA, France, Italy, Norway, Israel and many more.
SPIFF is the only Russian film festival included in FilmFreeWayTop-100 best film festivals based on film directors’ reviews.
The festival consists of three competitive sections, one for each day. These include:
- Comedy and melodrama
- Horror and sci-fi
- Thriller and drama
Category winners will be chosen by an international jury headed by producer Goce Kralevski. Besides, each category includes a viewers’ choice award!
Some of SPIFF 2020 films and authors are also Oscars nominees and winners. Thus, on February 14th viewers can watch “American Marriage”, a comedy short by Giorgio Arcelli (USA), based on the screenplay by 2018 Oscars winner James Ivory. February 15th screenings include animation short by Russian director Konstantin Bronzit “He Can't Live Without Cosmos” included in 2020 Oscars shortlist. Moreover, on February 16th another Oscars 2020 nominee, “Daughter”, a short animated drama by Daria Kashcheeva (Czech Republic), will be shown along with 2019 Oscars winner “Skin” (the USA, dir. by Guy Nattiv).
By buying SPIFF’s ticket, you also support AdVITA charity foundation for cancer patients.