The Esoteric International Film Festival collects the best esoteric films from around the world, which were created both by professionals and by enthusiasts, and helps to get them across to audience.

We admit only the esoteric films, both modern and historical ones. As well as those films, where esoteric world is an important part of the synopsis.

Esoteric International Film Festival invite filmmakers who make films and documentaries about ghosts and spirits, brownies and witches, fairies and sorcerers, exorcism and parapsychology, telekinesis and transmission of thoughts at a distance, prophetic dreams and premonitions, alchemy, amulets, amulets, non-traditional religious cults, voodoo religion, animism, shamanism, theosophy and anthroposophy, the hidden edges of reality and other dimensions; self-discovery, the search for the meaning of life, the search for yourself in this world and your mission, life after death, human energy, chakras, aura, meditation, yoga, retreats, spiritual practices, spiritual teachers and ashrams, reincarnation and the recollection of past lives, the power of thoughts and the work of the subconscious; alternative medicine and non-standard methods of treatment, the universal mind, the energies of the new time, high vibrations, etc.

All films must be in English. Alternatively, have the English subtitles (with the exception of all films without words), regardless of the country of production.

All best films that were selected for the vscreening, will be shown on the big screen during the solemn final ceremony on April 02-05, 2020 in Moscow, Russia and will be able to struggle for the main prize and the title of the «Best Esoteric film». As well as for the prizes in the standalone nominations.

Awards & Prizes

• Best Esoteric Feature Film

• Best Esoteric Narrative Short

• Best Esoteric Documentary Feature

• Best Esoteric Documentary Short

 • Best Esoteric Music Video

• Best Esoteric Web Series

 • Best Esoteric Animated Short

Our team 

Valery Shanin’s Film Club

Festival Director Valery Shanin

Valery Shanin — professional psychologist (MSU), member of the Union of Russian Journalists, writer, documentary director, editor of television programs, director of international film festivals in Russia and Cyprus.



Head of Programming Irina Spirina

Irina Spirina — professional psychologist, coach, theta-healing instructor, graduated from the Erickson Coaching University, worked at the Moscow Training Center, has authored self-development courses, and has been organizing international film festivals since 2016.

Event Director Oleg Semichev

SMM Manager Timofey Astahov

Photographer Mihalis Ovchinnikov

Cameraman Sergey Borisov

Festival jury

Attila Kaldy (Australia), producer of MoonLarkMedia, began his film making career in 2006 with rugged and raw footage collected from haunted locations in Australia. Driven by a passion for the unexplained, he have since filmed and produced three paranormal reality TV shows (series), an esoteric talk show, three documentary series, four documentary films on the unexplained and a short horror film.


Alberto Martín-Aragón (Spain) is an experimental filmmaker, writer and composer. Born and raised in Madrid he received his Masters degree in Journalism by the Complutense University & ABC and has worked in nation-wide journals. He was awarded with the Ramón J. Sender Prize for his first novel Música de un patíbulo (1998). His next novel, Aleluya, was published in 2015. At present he is a co-founder of Tiempoperdido Producciones.


Valentina Ivanovna Kharitonova (Russia), doctor of historical sciences, organizer and head of the Center for the Study of Shamanism and Other Traditional Beliefs and Practices at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of The Fondation for Shamanic Studies and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Society of Medical Anthropology «Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Medical Anthropology». Areas of scientific interests: medical anthropology, anthropology of consciousness, ethnomedicine, psychological anthropology, anthropology of religion, social (cultural) anthropology, ethnology, ethnography, folklore, conspiracy-spelling practices, folk healing, altered states of consciousness and human activity in ASC (problems of the creation of mysticism knowledge, the formation of folklore and mythological texts, perceptions of reality, supersensitive and extrasensory manifestations), religious-mystical and magician-mystical practices (medicine-witchcraft, shamanistic); modern spiritual practices and new-religious phenomena.

Vladimir Maykov (Russia), Ph.D. senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, associate professor of the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, president of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, member of the EUROTAS Presidium, head of transpersonal programs, specialist in holotropic breathing. He worked in television programs “Mystical Travels with Eduard Sagalaev” and “At the Origins”, author of the documentaries “Dance of Infinity”, “Instruments of Evolution”, “The Secret of Carlos Castaneda”.

Stanislav Raevsky (Russia), psychologist, Jungian analyst, PhD, professor of psychology at Moscow State University, member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP), co-chair of the Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology (MAAP), director of the Institute of Creative Psychology.



Sergey U. Kluchnikov (Russia) is the member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, psychologist, philosopher, researcher of mysticism, expert in research of latent reserves of human, member of the Russian Union of Writers. S. Kluchnikov is one of the most popular Russian authors who writes on self-development, self-regulation, personal harmony and attainment of life’s success, research of Eastern and Western meditation practices, stress relief and self-actualization. He has published 17 books (over half a million copies in total), he has also published several hundreds of articles in various journals and reviews.

Denis Ovsyannikov (Russia) has been working in television since 1998. He began his career as a filmmaker and cameraman at the “Darial” studio and the “Vizavi” regional television company, completed an internship on the “TvThree” Irish television channel, and worked for the “Brighten!” production company. He worked as the director of the Russian branch of the “World Fashion Channel television channel”. He is a director of documentaries “Dolmens of the Caucasus”, “Pilgrimage to Bari”, “Pilgrimage to Venice”, the TV series “Alternative”, the popular science film “Book of Dreams”, “The smallest cities of Russia” and “In search of a past life”. Owner of the Internet movie portal Ovideo.Ru and the production studio of the same name, the Internet TV channel «TV Extra».

Oksana Starodetskaya (Dhiana Tarika, Russia) — psychologist, certified energy color therapist (Aura Soma Academy of Color, ASIACT, UK), tarologist and teacher of the psycho-esoteric Tarot, author and host of a number of trainings and courses, founder and head of the Self-development Studio “ Joy ”, a traveler and organizer of tours to esoteric places of power and holy places, developed an author’s methodology that combines psychology, esotericism and spiritual practices.


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