The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival

The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival showcases the world’s best youth-made short films. It is a diverse collection that includes all genres, celebrates youth culture, and showcases a new generation of filmmakers.

Our mission is to provide a platform for emerging youth filmmakers ages 7-18, around the world to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through cinema. The festival looks to celebrate and inspire filmmakers to develop their technical and creative skills and become true ambassadors of respect and understanding for the future.

All the films received that follow the festival’s rules and guidelines will be firstly thoroughly viewed by a pre-jury and secondly by a selection jury. The winners will be chosen by a youth jury and the Head Judge.

All selected films will receive laurels and the winning films will receive certificates in the post and a mention in the local media.

Judging Criteria

Concept & Writing

Is the story or concept unique? Is the storytelling or narrative coherent, and does it hold your attention? Does the writing have resonance and stay with you long after viewing it? Determining the quality of concept & writing considers all the elements that go into the creative process and how successfully the original idea is communicated.

Quality of Craft

Determining the quality of craft focuses on the filmmaking process and technical execution. This includes the appearance and quality of the captured image, editing, sound design and audio integration, performances, lighting, and all the aspects that account for a memorable viewing experience. Quality of Craft means more than just a pretty looking film or video, and it doesn’t necessitate that it be cutting edge or trendy.

Integration

How well the work is implemented in the medium? Can you fully experience the quality of the work, or are there technical or media-specific issues preventing you from experiencing it to its fullest?

Execution

The brilliance of an idea can easily fall flat if not executed properly. Execution becomes more difficult when taking into account the different ways media is consumed including differences in technology, location and user preferences. While reviewing Execution, consider the following: Is the experience seamless? How well is the work implemented in the medium? Is the audience able to fully experience the work without technical or media-specific issues getting in the way?

Overall Experience

Demonstrating that a film or video can be more or less than the sum of its parts, the overall experience encompasses concept & writing, execution, quality of craft, as well as the intangibles that provoke viewer response. Repeat viewing or visiting generally indicates a generally positive overall experience.

In order to be considered, all submissions must:

1) be made by youths 18 years old and younger (production team should be predominantly under 18),

2) be under 30 minutes (including titles and credits),

3) be original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use,

4) have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use,

5) be in Russian or with Russian subtitles

6) have a high-quality PAL version of the film available

7) must be suitable for children under 18

Participation Conditions

Participation is free and does not require and prerequisite registration.

All proposals received after the deadline and/or not meeting the above criteria will be excluded from the competition.

Copyright

Each participant or team submitting a proposal recognizes that he/she/they is the author of the film. The participants must also certify that the submission does not affect any third-party rights and does not violate copyright, directly or indirectly. The participants commit to giving their complete copyright to The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival. The selected projects will become the exclusive property of The Stone Flower Youth Film Festival, which reserve the right to use, modify, exhibit in the present and in the future, sell as a by-product of the festival, adapt and reproduce the poster and film in any medium, without any given time limit. Participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions and clearances related to the reproduction of people’s names, photos and moving images.

Preferred Format

1920*1080 (Full HD, 1080p), but not less than 720х576. Sound 24 kHz or higher and compression: MP3, WAV, AAC.

The Venue

Tucked away near a forest is the newly made TIC building located at 51 Bykov Street where all the films will be showcased.

Submissions

We are accepting submissions online via Filmfreeway or you can send us your film and PR material via the post to SFYFF (Globus), Kommuniy 26A, Sysert, Sverdlovsk, 624022, Russia.

The Deadline for all submissions is 10th of October 2019. The event will be held on the 2nd of November 2019.