International Film & TV Festival

 (March 18-22, 2020)



XII Northern Character International Film and TV Festival will be held in Murmansk (Russia) March 18-22, 2020.


The Festival’s slogan is North of the future. The Festival focuses on people, living in the North, having managed to understand this rough beauty; those who create and build up something new, who inspire other people to overcome difficulties. How do we imagine our life in the North in 30 years? Participants and guests of the festival will discuss future of the northern territories.


The Festival´s mission:

  • to unite journalists and filmmakers of  Northern countries

  • to provide world community with more information about people’s life in northern regions, about perspectives of development and environmental friendliness in the Arctic;

  • to give authors of TV programs and films an opportunity to enlarge their audience and exchange experiences and opinions with other professionals

  • to build up a platform for joint creative work in the future;

  • for young journalists and filmmakers – to get a possibility to increase their professional competence.



Festival Organizers

Northern Character Production Center (non-commercial organization)


The Festival is supported by
Murmansk Regional Government
Nornickel GMK


Festival Partners
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 


Official languages – Russian and English.



- Screenings 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 (including excursions).



1. Documentary Film (up to 60 min)

2. Documentary Film (up to 90 min)

3. TV- Program (up to 60 min)

4. Short Fiction Film (up to 30 min)

5. Full-length Feature Film


Programs of various genres, TV and documentary films, short fiction 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 2017-2020.


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

  2. Each participant/each production company cannot compete with more than one work in one category.

  3. Deadline for applications, included link with password - to film/program screeners (NB! with English subtitles) is January 15, 2020.

  4. Applications submitted later than January 15 will not be accepted by the Festival.

  5. Selected works for participation in the competition program will be announced by the end of January. Links for download of selected works must be sent to the Festival nchfest@gmail.com upon receiving the announcement of selection.

  6. Selected works for competition cannot be changed once received by the Festival.


The Festival´s Expert Council will select the films/TV-programs to be in competition. 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 works. Prize winners are awarded prizes, while honorably mentioned works are awarded diplomas. The Jury also awards Special Prizes:

Best Director's work, 

Best Camera Work.

Best Work on Children/Youth Issues

Best Work on Culture issues

and finally:  Northern Character´s Grand Prix.

The Jury´s Results will be announced at the Festival Closing Ceremony on March 21, 2020 in Murmansk.


Journalists who want to cover Northern Character Festival 2020, have to register by a (special) press application form on http://northchar.ru before March 10, 2020. Press accreditation is free of charge. 



1. Submission

An electronic submission form must be filled in on the Festival web-site: http://northchar.ru/eng.               

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, cloud.mail.ru) NB: Video file from YouTube is not admitted!

b) Video file 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), ААС, АС

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 and presented in other formats than mentioned 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 North-West Broadcasting Company TV21 the rights for non-commercial screenings of the film/TV-program/report on the channels TV21 and TV21+, as well as within the frames of Northern Character´s Film Marathon. Parts of it may also be used in TV21’s special programs about the festival.

Russian participants must complete and attach an additional rights agreement form (see application form), agreeing to lend the festival organizer TV21 the rights for non-commercial screening of the film/TV-program/report, as well as using parts of it in TV21s own programs.

 5. Compulsory requirements for the Festival booklet:                                                                     

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

(maximum 250 symbols)

b) 1-2 screen-shots from the film (JPG 720х576, 24 bit)                                                                       

c) Brief description/annotation of the film (maximum 250 symbols!),                                                                       

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

 The booklet information must be in English and submitted together the festival application.

NB! For foreign participants: The work title must be written both in English and in the original language. If possible, the title should be translated into Russian for example with the help of the festival coordinators.



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



The festival does not pay screening fees. Films/programs presented at the Festival can be used in advertising and information projects related to the promotion of the Festival and the coverage of its results.

The Festival Organizing Committee guarantees protection of all materials submitted for the contest, against illegal copying and distribution without the author´s consent.

The Festival Participants are responsible for the authorship and quality of all submitted projects. Compliance with copyright and related rights is exercised in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

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.



Link (NB! with password) to screeners of programs/films, promo materials (stills, poster) and subtitles (word or text document) must be submitted by the electronical application form.


Contact info:

Northern Character International Film&TV Festival

E-mail: nchfest@gmail.com





Svetlana Soldatova –Festival President

Yury Yerofeev – Executive Festival Director

Svetlana Osminina – commercial director

Olga Danilchenko – coordinator

Anastasia Yakonjuk – coordinator, press-secretary

Hilde Korsaeth – coordinator (Norway)

Tamara Sushko – coordinator (Sweden)