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Statement regarding Russian submissions to FIFF

A statement from the FIFF Management Committee regarding the ongoing situation in Ukraine and submissions from the Russian Federation.

On Monday 28th February 2022 we received a Freedom of Information request from an individual asking if we have received any submissions or cash from filmmakers in the Russian Federation. In the interest of openness and transparency we would like to address the information request in two parts.

1. We, like the rest of the world are shocked, horrified and saddened by the barbaric and inhumane actions of the Russian Federation against the peaceful sovereign nation of Ukraine. The Russian acts of aggression are unacceptable and must cease immediately and a peaceful resolution must be sought. While, as a film festival, there is nothing we can do to affect change in the situation we can follow the lead of the Ukrainian State Film Agency and join other film festivals around the world by boycotting films from the Russian Federation and Belarus.

With immediate effect we will not accept any submissions from either the Russian Federation or Belarus.

Should any filmmaker based in Russia or Belarus submit their film we will immediately reject it and any monetary exchange (unlikely due to the sanctions imposed on those countries) will be forwarded to the British Red Cross’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal. We want to make it clear that this decision was not taken lightly as we know the Russian and Belarusian citizens are not to blame for the actions of the Russian and Belarusian Governments.

2. We can confirm that since 2014 we have received 48 submissions from filmmakers based in the Russian Federation. Of these 48 none were selected for screening at any of our events. These decisions were made purely for artistic and creative reasons. Our last submission from Russia was a short film on 4th October 2016 and the submitter paid $7 USD via FilmFreeway. This was the first and only payment we received from the Russian Federation as the previous submissions were made when the festival (then known as the Hellfire Short Film Festival) was a free-to-submit event. To date we have never received any submissions from Belarus.

We stand in solidarity with the great country of Ukraine and its people.

The Management Committee
Folkestone International Film & TV Festival

Ukraine help: What can people in the UK do?

A number of UK charities have launched appeals.

The British Red Cross has launched a Ukraine Crisis Appeal to support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross to fund food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes, and shelter.

The UNHCR refugee agency is collecting monetary donations for humanitarian assistance, emergency shelter and relief items like blankets. It will also fund psychological support for refugees.

Unicef, the UN’s children’s charity, is accepting donations to help ensure child health and protection services are sustained and families have clean water and food.

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians in the UK, is funding immediate emergency and ongoing needs such as medicine and hygiene packs.



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Folkestone Calling: We’ve rebranded!

We’re thrilled to unveil our brand new identity. While we haven’t forgotten where we came from we understand many of you didn’t know in the first place. That’s why we’re no longer Hellfire Film Festival, we’re now Folkestone International Film & TV Festival. Read more

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Hellfire@Home Festival Launch


We are in unprecedented and unknown territory right now. Many countries are in lockdown while in other places individuals are self-isolating in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

So what we are doing is launching a new festival specifically for those who are unable to attend events due to the closure of many entertainment buildings.

Hellfire@Home Festival is a brand new film festival where you can attend without leaving your living room.

Over the course of the next few weeks or months we will announce movies that we can all watch together (provided you have it on DVD/Blu-Ray or are streaming it from Netflix/Amazon Prime, etc). While we all watch it we can chat in our Facebook Group and on Twitter. In the group you can also suggest future movies to watch. If there are any free-to-view short films available online please also share them.

We are all in this together so if you have produced a movie, short film or documentary and would like viewers tell us about it.

Films and theatre performances coming up in Hellfire@home Festival:

  • One Man, Two Guvnors – National Theatre (Saturday 4 April)
  • Kon-Tiki (Sunday 5 April)
  • The Invention of Lying (Saturday 11 April)
  • Sausage Party (Sunday 12 April)

We wish you all good health, stay safe, wash your hands and follow your Government’s advice.

Essential Links

Visit the Hellfire@Home Festival page

Visit the Hellfire Film Festival Facebook Group

Visit the Hellfire Film Festival Twitter

Visit the Hellfire Film Festival Facebook Page

It’s Free

Please bear in mind that this new festival is completely free of charge (barring your Netflix, etc, subscription). But Hellfire Film Festival still relies on an income to be able to deliver our programme so if you can spare anything please consider donating to our Website Fund.

Media Enquiries

For all media and press enquiries please contact : Sadie Ingoldby-Spate, Head of Marketing –