Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations


The Eurasia International Film Festival (“EIFF”) is organised by The National Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

EIFF is the major film festival in Central Asia bringing together multi-polar and multicultural world of the cinema. It carries not only an important cultural mission, but also one of peace-making and integration, by uniting filmmakers of different countries and by promoting fruitful future cooperation.

Film submissions for the 12th edition of EIFF, running from September 24-30, 2016, are now open.

If you wish to have your film considered for EIFF 2016 please read carefully and accept the Rules and Regulations before submitting your film.

Please note EIFF is only accepting submissions for in competition sections (feature and short films), however all other sections in EIFF’s official programme are solely curated by EIFF’s programming team.

All feature films selected in the Official Programme are eligible for NETPAC and FIPRESCI award. The list of the films considered for these awards is made at the discretion of each organisation in accordance with their policy.

In order to be eligible for the Main Feature Competition of the Official Program, your film must have been produced in Asia or Europe and completed after the 1st of September, 2015. Films for the short competition must be of 2015-2016 and have no territorial limitations.

EIFF requires that all short and feature films in competition are at minimum Asia premieres. Exceptions maybe applied on a case-by-case basis for film in EIFF’s Official Program. Films must not have been entirely or partially broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform until the 12th edition of EIFF closes on 30th September, 2016.

Films must not have been released in the cinemas in Kazakhstan until the 12th edition of EIFF closes on the 30th September.

Films that have been submitted to earlier editions of EIFF will not be considered unless substantial changes have been made since the initial submission.

Features: Films must be a work of fiction that equal or exceed 60 minutes in duration.

Shorts: Films must be a work of fiction that does not exceed 40 minutes in duration including credits, or non-fiction that does not exceed 30 minutes in duration including credits.

The Juries and their Presidents are appointed by the Festival Team. The decisions of the Juries are taken by open ballot, with simple majority. Persons who have any connection with films presented in the competition cannot be on the Jury.

Eurasia Feature Awards

Grand prix – 3.000.000 tenge. The prize will be awarded to the producer(s) of the winning film.

Best Director – 2.000.000 tenge. The prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning film.

Best Actor – 1.000.000 tenge. The price will be awarded to the winning actor of the film.

Best Actress – 1.000.000 tenge. The price will be awarded to the winning actress of the film.

Special Jury prize – 1.000.000 tenge. The price will be awarded depending on the Jury decision.

Eurasia Shorts

Best Short Film – 500.000. The prize will be awarded to the producer(s) of the winning film.

Deadline: Entries of online submission forms in English and/or Russian and film screeners must be completed and submitted by August 10st, 2016.

Any submissions received after August 10st, 2016 will not be accepted.

All films must be submitted in their original language. If the original language of the film is not in English, the screener must be subtitled in English.

If you are submitting a ‘work-in-progress’ film please ensure that this is clearly stated on the submission form with the final title of the film and not the working title. For the avoidance of doubt, all other terms related to submissions shall be herein applicable.

The relevant selection committee will at its own discretion select the films for the Official Programme either in EIFF Competition or Out-of-Competition sections.

If a film is selected for the Official Program, EIFF will send an official selection letter before the end of August and will advise of further requirements and next steps.

EIFF hereby reserves the first right to announce the Official Programme. All those associated with the film selected shall in no case, prior to the official announcement made by EIFF, publicly announce directly or indirectly and confirm that the film is part of the Official Programme.

The Official Programme will be announced in the beginning of September 2016.

If a film has not been selected, EIFF will inform the submitter by letter prior to the announcement of the Official Programme. However, it is EIFF’s policy not to provide any feedback, comments or reasons for films that are not selected.

Once a film is selected and confirmed, the submitter will not be able to withdraw the film or change the Premiere status of the film at any given time before it is screened at EIFF.


Selected films will be screened up to two times to EIFF’s public audiences. At the discretion of EIFF, the film prior to EIFF’s public festival screenings may receive additional screenings one for the accredited press and one for the jury amounting to a possible 4 screenings in total.

EIFF will at its sole discretion decide on the dates and order of the screening(s) of each film.


The prints should reach the Festival Office in Almaty (in accordance with Shipping Instructions) by August 30th at the latest.

Kazakh Producers deliver the prints to the Festival Office at their own expense.

For non-Kazakh films the cost of prints’ transportation, if not agreed otherwise, is covered by EIFF:

a/ to and from Kazakhstan, if the print is transported from and to the lending company (Producer/Sales Agent);
b/ one way (to Kazakhstan only), if the print is transported along a chain of festivals.

The Festival is responsible for the prints from the moment of pick-up from the shipper (when importing) to the moment of giving them to the shipper (when re-exporting). The Festival’s responsibility for damage or loss of the print is limited to the cost of making a new print according to the present laboratory rate for making a standard print.

Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival Office in writing within one month of its return and before the following screening. All claims will be judged by the reported state of the print.

All films will be screened in their original languages with English and Russian subtitles. The English subtitles are obligatory for all the films.

The prints must be provided to the festival with English subtitles.

The Festival Organizers will provide electronic subtitles (under the screen) in the Russian language at their own expense in case the film is not in Russian or doesn’t contain Russian subtitles.

Submission and participation in the Official Programme is an explicit acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.

The submitter hereby represents and warrants that he/she holds all rights in and to the film and its related materials and that he/she has the authority and capacity to submit the film and its related material for the Official Programme on behalf of the rights holder(s) of the film.

Except as stated in the Rules and Regulations, the submitter acknowledges that EIFF shall not be held liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever type or nature incurred as a result of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material. Furthermore, the submitter undertakes to indemnify and keep EIFF indemnified against all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, costs, damages or loss arising out of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material.

The submitter also understands and acknowledges that the online submission form and the Rules and Regulations is a consolidated and unified document and therefore the online submission form shall be considered as incorporated herein by reference.

In the event that the submitter is found to be in violation of any condition of the Rules and Regulations, EIFF at its sole discretion may choose to cancel and eliminate such film from the Official Programme without any liability whatsoever.