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7 — 10 OctoberKINOLABORATORIA is a platform supporting the development of independent film in Russia

About the project

The New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival has announced the launch of an international laboratory to support independent creators of short films in Russia and young directors, producers and screenwriters whose short films are in development and show potential for the international festival circuit.

Between 7 and 10 October, the directors and producers of eight Russian short films currently in the development and financing stage will participate in an individual mentoring course with international experts in screenwriting, production, financing and festival distribution. The laboratory will also include a training course to help prepare participants for a presentation consisting of five-minute pitches for each project to an audience of film industry professionals. An international jury will select and award prizes to the best projects.

In addition to the short film laboratory,
the Hennessy Perspectives programme is set to launch with the goal of supporting contemporary Russian filmmaking. A special grant covering the entire cost of producing a short film has been established under the programme.

Applications are accepted from August 23 till September 19, 2021 (23:59 pm Moscow time).

Vladimir Nadein
Laboratory curator
Vladimir Nadein is a producer, curator and actor born in Moscow, Russia in 1993. He is a co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

An international jury will select and award prizes to the best projects.

3 000 000 ₽
Hennessy Perspectives grant to cover the entire cost of producing a short film
2 х 500 000 ₽
2 equal development awards
Conditions of participation

KINOLABORATORIA does not want to impose strict formal boundaries on artists, but rather aims to expand the idea of what cinema can be today. We are looking for fictional, experimental and hybrid films of up to 45 minutes in length.

Applications are open to directors who have completed at least one short film and no more than one feature film. All participants must be fluent in English.

By submitting an application, participants agree to the official Laboratory Regulations and Personal Data Processing Policy

Requirements for participants:
  • Short film in the development and financing stage
  • Duration of up to 45 minutes
  • Russian citizenship or Russian origin
  • At least one completed short film and no more than one feature film
  • The laboratory and mentor sessions will be conducted primarily in English. All participants must possess fluent spoken and written English.

Project pitches are to be presented in Russian.

To apply for the laboratory, participants should fill the online application form and provide required documents in pdf format.

By submitting an application, participants agree to the official Laboratory Regulations: reglament.pdf

Required documents for applicants:

Applications and all supporting documents should be provided in English. All documents should be presented as a single PDF file (size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing).

  • Logline
  • Synopsis (1 page)
  • Treatment (up to 5 pages)
  • Director’s biography and filmography, festival history, prizes (up to 2 pages)
  • Director’s statement (up to 2 pages)
  • Producer’s biography and filmography (up to 2 pages where relevant)
    -Script (if applicable)
    -Visual references (if applicable)
  • Link to director’s previous works (Vimeo, YouTube)*

*Files and links to files on hosting services (Google Drive, Yandex.Disk etc.) will not be accepted.

If you have any questions please email to:
Hennessy Perspectives

Hennessy Perspectives is a programme supporting contemporary Russian filmmaking, and intends to be both informative and educational. Its main objective is to bring new names and talents to the local film industry, helping to develop and popularise auteur and festival cinema in Russia and abroad.