Press release of the festival


XVII International Student Film Festival

15th-19th November 2017

The festival is held with support of the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Сommittee for youth policy, as well as the cooperation of St. Petersburg NGOs.

Festival Organiser: Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television

Festival President: Professor Alexander Evmenov, Rector

Festival Director- Professor Viktor Budilov, Dean of the Faculty of Screen Arts


Student Film Festival “PiterKit” was founded by the Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television. During its 16 year run, it has become renowned in St Petersburg, Russia and around the world. Time and time again films shown at the festival have found success in Russian and International cinematic circles and have gone on to win prizes at other film festivals.

PiterKit has therefore become a platform for enterprise, a beginning for new creative projects, and a meeting place for the city’s filmmaking youth.


Regarded filmmakers, such as Aleksei Balabanov, Aleksandr Pogozhkin, Sergei Debizhev, Gleb Panfilov, Sergei Miroshnichenko and Vladimir Khotinenko, have for many years participated in the festival as jury members.

This year the festival is an open competition, with work made by students from all over the world during the academic process being accepted into this year’s programme.

The following prizes will be awarded upon the festival’s conclusion: Festival Grand Prix, Best Director of a Live Action Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Foreign Film, the Viktor Semenyuk Prize for Best Debut Film, The Eduard Rozovsky "White Sun" Special prize (awarded by the Department of Cinematography) and Best Screenplay. 


A variety of events will also take place during the festival. These include master classes led by contemporary filmmakers, a script reading session, and, under the chairmanship of the Dean of the Faculty of Screen Arts, Professor Viktor Budilov, the ever important pitching of student projects.

The festival’s opening ceremony will take place on 15th November at the university’s concert hall.