For  the 9th International  Film and TV Festival

"Northern Character" (November 24-26, 2016)



IX Northern Character International Film and TV Festival ("Northern Character") will be held in Murmansk (Russia)  November 24-26, 2016.

The Festival’s slogan is Drawn to the North . The Festival focuses on people, living in the North, having managed to understand this rough beauty. The beauty that creates our world and inspires other people to overcome difficulties.

The mission of the Festival/ The Festival´s mission:

  • to unite journalists and filmmakers of  Northern countries and create conditions for interpenetration of cultural traditions of different countries including new citizens of the North;
  • to provide world community with more information about people’s life in northern regions;
  • to give the authors of TV programs and films an opportunity to enlarge their audience and exchange experiences and opinions with other professionals
  • to inspire and stimulate young journalists and filmmakers to raise their professional competence;
  • to develop the market of TV content.



Organizers of the Festival

Broadcasting company "TV-21" ("North-West Broadcasting" LLC)
Northern Character Production Center (non-commercial organization)


Festival is supported by
Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation
Murmansk Regional Government
Norilsk Nickel GMK
Kolskaya GMK
Kola Atomic Power Station, department of the Rosenergoatom Concern                 
Murmansk Commercial Sea Port

Partners of the Festival
Kirov Culture Center
Murmansk Museum of Local History
Murmansk Museum of Arts
Children’s Theater School, Murmansk
Murmansk State Arctic University
Murmansk State Library of Science
Murmansk Regional Department of Megafon, North-West branch

Barents Press International Journalist Network
Tromsø International Film Festival TIFF, Norway
Murmansk branch of the Russian Journalist Union
Nordic Journalist Center, Århus, Denmark Update
Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Northern Norwegian Film Center NNFS
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK
The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten

Official languages - Russian and English.



- Screenings of Competition of films and TV-programs in competition
- Presentations and discussions of films and TV-programs
- Master-classes by Russian and foreign filmmakers
- Media - Forum  debate on actual themes TBA
- Presentation of television and film projects
- Out-of-competition screenings
- Cultural program.



1. Documentary Film

2. Documentary Debut (for beginners)

3. Television Program

4. Feature story/ Portrait

5.  Short Report

6. Program (Film) about Culture

7. Youth (Children) Program (Film)

8. Short Fiction Film



Programs of various genres, TV and documentary films, music video and reports produced by state, municipal and private TV companies, studios and independent filmmakers can participate in the competition. The works must premiere in 2015-2016.

One and the same film/TV-program cannot compete in more than one nomination.

One participant (or one production company) cannot compete with more than one work in one nomination.

Deadline for works is September, 15, 2016.

Films/TV-programs submitted later than September, 15 will not be accepted by the Festival.

The Festival´s Expert Council will select the films/TV-programs to be in competition. The members of the Expert Council are Svetlana Soldatova – President of the Festival, Yuri Erofeev – Executive Director of the Festival, Andrey Privalikhin – journalist, Irina Shevchuk – representative of the Murmansk Museum of Local History, Alexandr Timofeev – director of the Arctic Exhibition Center “Atomic Icebreaker Lenin”. The Expert Council has the final decision about works in competition. The Council does not comment on the received works.

The International Festival Jury has the final decision of prize winners and honorably mentioned participants of the Festival. Prize winners are awarded prizes, while honorably mentioned participants are awarded diplomas. The Jury also awards Special Prizes: Best Director's work, Best Camera Work.
The Jury awards Grand Prix of the Festival.
The Jury´s Results will be announced at the Festival Closing Ceremony on November, 26 – 2016 in Murmansk.

Journalists who want to cover Northern Character Festival 2016, have to register by a special application form on the web-site before November, 10. Press accreditation is free of charge. 



1. Application                                                                                                                                 

An electronic application form must be filled in on the Festival web-site:               

Non-Russian films/TV-programs must be accompanied with scripts in English, including time codes TC. The English script (Word or txt-file) must be submitted together with the application.

2. Technical requirements for film/TV-programs in competition:

a) Video source: internet file (Internet download by Vimeo, Dropbox, Yandex.Disc, google-drive, NB: Video file from YouTube is not admitted!

b) Videofile format: *.avi, *.mpeg (*.mpg), *.mp4, *.mov, *.m2ts (coder: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, or Microsoft DV PAL)

NB: Audio/video in the format *.vob is not admitted.


c) Audio:

Audio format - stereo                                                                                                                            

Audio tracks: on both channels L and R.  Sound level: -11dB. Audio format: PCM (Stereo, 48KHz 16 bit, 2 channels), MPEG Audio Layer-2 (48KHz 224 or 256 kbps, 2 channels), ,

Every file/disc of film/TV-programs/-reports submitted to the Festival must carry an identification label including: Title, duration, name of production company and authors.                                                            

NB! Tapes and disks with technical defects are not admitted.

3. English subtitles                                                                                                                        

All films/TV-programs/-reports must have English subtitles.                                                       

Use of scrolling text is not allowed for subtitles.                                                                 

Accepted subtitle standard: 2 lines per image, placed within the standard safe framing zone.

4. Additional form for Russian participants                                                                                                       

Russian participants must complete and attach an additional rights agreement form (see application form), agreeing to lend the festival organizer TV-21 the rights for non-commercial screening of the film/TV-program/report, as well as using parts of it in TV-21s own programs.

5. Compulsory information for the Festival booklet                                                                       

The following information must be provided for the Festival booklet:                                                        

a) Brief information about the authors of the film/TV-program(-report)                                                                                          

b) 1-2 screen-shots from the film (JPG 720576, 24 bit)                                                                      

c) Brief description/annotation of the film (not more than 250 symbols!),                                                                      

d) Name of production company. NB! Full address, phone numbers, e-mail.  

The booklet information must be in English and Russian (if possible) and submitted together the festival application.

6. For foreign participants

 NB! The title of the work has to be written in the original language and also translated into English.


7. Terms for participants

Travel costs (tickets, hotel) are not covered by the Festival. The Festival covers meals and accreditation for one representative of the film/TV-program. Other participants must cover these expenses themselves.



The Organizing Committee is not responsible for claims and lawsuits concerning copyrights of films/TV-programs shown at the Festival.

Submitted films and TV-programs will not be returned.



Programs/films, application forms, printed version of subtitles should be sent electronically

Please, note Northern Character Film&TV-festival

Telephone/fax: 8 (8152) 400-870 , additional 125





1. Svetlana Soldatova –Festival President

+7 921 511 05 00,


2. Yury Yerofeev – Executive Director

+7 921 036 00 40,


3. Svetlana Osminina – commercial director

+7 911 303 21 90,


4. Roman Akhmetshin – technical director

+ 7 911 301 94 69,


5. Olga Danilchenko – coordinator

+ 7 921 287 03 93,


6. Anastasia Yakonjuk - coordinator

+7 911 304 44 24,


7. Irina Mironova – coordinator

+ 7 921 605 23 28,


8. Vasilisa Gordeeva - coordinator

+ 7 908 607 80 23,


9. Hilde Korsaeth – coordinator (Norway)


10. Susanne Karlsson - coordinator (Sweden)


11. Maria Karimova – press-secretary 

+ 7 921 163 46 29,