9th Annual


The City of Saransk – Moscow, Russian Federation 

July 03 – 21, 2017 


Russian State University of Cinematography  named after S. A. Gerasimov  is calling international students to take part in the 9th VGIK International Summer School 

The program of the VGIK International Summer School consists of two sections:  

Documentary section takes place in the City of Saransk (Republic of Mordovia), an old Russian city, well-known for its history, architecture, sceneries, and its cultural heritage.      

Animation section will be held at VGIK Animation & Multimedia Department film studios in Moscow.

Note: duration period of school activities is shorter July 10-21, 2017

If you are a student of Film Direction, Cinematography, Animation & Multimedia, or Computer Graphics Department, you are welcome to the VGIK International Summer School! 

School Slogan: Mordovian land - Harmony, Stability, Creativity!

Time: July 03-21, 2017 

Location: The City of Saransk (Documentary) 

Moscow (Animation) – July 10-21, 2017   

Submission deadline May 10, 2017

At the 9th VGIK International Summer School you get engaged in various shooting-oriented workshops, tutorials, and trainings carried out by widely recognized European and Russian filmmakers.

Terms & Conditions:

the participants-to-be are to send a trailer of a film, they have been working on during their studies at a film school, academy, or university or links to your works
the submitted trailer is to be approved by the pre-selection committee and the Art director of the school
once your candidacy has been shortlisted, the VGIK International Summer School covers all your accommodation & meal expenses, transportation and production costs as well as provides all necessary shooting equipment for the duration period
participants have an opportunity to meet renowned European and Russian filmmakers and acquire practical knowledge
the International Summer School arranges a tour around the city (in English) for its participants
the participants of the school are given a chance to hold the copyrights on the shoot-to-be video
the working language of the school is English

NB: the VGIK International Summer School will not be held responsible for covering your travel expenses: air tickets, Russian visa, and medical insurance. The Russian visa may be issued only by the Russian Сonsulate of your country. Please, take this information into consideration prior applying and check the official website of the appropriate Russian Consulate. 

The documentary & animation sections activities include:

various filmmaking & animation techniques workshops
tutorials and training shooting on the basis of adopted techniques
documentary film creating (the subject of a film should correspond with the summer school slogan, its running time should be no more than 10 minutes)
animation film creating or animation training (the subject of a film should echo the  summer school slogan, its running time should be up to 1-3 minutes) 

Applications are accepted by May 10, 2017. Please, provide as follows: completed application form

one photograph
letter of recommendation from a school or master
trailer of a film shot in the course of your studies at a film school, academy, or university (subtitled in English), or a link to the video
synopsis or your vision of your future documentary or animation films to be shot  at the VGIK International Summer School must correspond with the school slogan.  

Once your trailer is selected, you should comply with the School’s Rules and Regulations

To send your submissions or get any further information about the 9th VGIK International Summer School, please, contact us with the subject line “VGIK International Summer School”. 

Download: call_for_submission_VGIK_International_Summer_School.docx


9th VGIK International Summer School
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