Perspektiva, a Russian Disability NGO, is now accepting submissions for the 9th International Disability Film Festival «Breaking Down Barriers».

During the previous eight festivals more than 800 films from 55 countries were screened. More than 25 000 people attended Moscow’s festivals and more than 100,000 people in 25 regions of Russia attended regional festivals. Festivals also took place in Armenia, the Kirgiz Republic, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Finally, Perspektiva and its partners continue to use these films to educate people in their communities about a wide variety of disability issues.

Eligibility requirements

All works submitted for the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival should portray a disability issue. We accept the following film categories: Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, Animation, Public Service Announcements, and encourage the submission of films that have been produced by and with the close participation of persons with disabilities. We also encourage films, made by film school students, and will have a special prize for the best film by a student. We will also have a special prize for the best short film, made by a team of children with and without disabilities.

All works must have been produced after January 1, 2016

DEADLINES for submission of films: May 31st, 2018.

All works must be submitted with the submission form that can be downloaded from our website: WE PREFER TO RECEIVE FILMS FOR CONSIDERATION VIA ONLINE LINKS. Please send us an online link with your password so that we can consider your film. All works that are not in Russian should be submitted with English sub-titles. Transcripts and photos should also be included.


If you do not have a link, please send a copy of your film on DVD to:

Breaking Down Barriers
International Disability Film Festival
Russian Disability NGO Perspektiva
Letnikovskaya str., 11/10, building 5
Business center Capital House
Moscow 115114

You can also request the submission form by email: .

To submit more than one work, please make a copy of the submission form for each entry. Film makers are informed about selection for screening by August 15st 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the film festival coordınator Marina Savicheva:  .