Shanghai Short Film Festival was founded in 2015.Is an autonomous celebration of cinema with a focus on short films.We recognize entries from around the world and want to celebrate our efforts with filmmakers everywhere.
The Shanghai Short Film Festival is designed for all artists who are interested in creating and working in the film making industry, as well as for film lovers.The festival prides itself on being informative and lively.
We set up 5 sections for the film festival, award ceremony, master class, film exhibition, film theme forum, dinner party.Films that are shortlisted for the Shanghai Short Film Festival will have the chance to participate in larger festivals in China. The festival is open to any type of film up to 50 minutes in length.
Our award-winning filmmakers will receive the recognition they deserve and have a higher success rate on the sometimes grueling festival circuit. Our organization is made up of industry professionals: film producers, independent film consultants, festival organizers, festival programme producers and judges who have been in the business for nearly 20 years and have a passion for independent film.
Our team has evaluated and judged more than 25,000 independent films made by directors and producers just like you do.Many of them are spectacular, and some of them need a bit of tweaking, but they're all magically created by the unwavering spirit of true independent filmmakers.
The Shanghai Short Film Festival prides itself on providing an opportunity for talented directors, producers, writers, actors and crew members from all over the world to learn and showcase their work together in an exciting international environment.

All shortlisted films are eligible to participate in China's larger film festival free of charge, recommended by the organizing committee of the Shanghai Short Film Festival.
All finalists have a laurel badge, as well as a certificate of finalists.
The winning film will receive a luxury trophy, a certificate and Chinese memorabilia.
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Debut
Best Sound Design
Best Music Soundtrack
Best Animation
Best Student
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Stop Motion
Best Human Rights
Best Fashion
Best Music Video
Jury Special Mention
Jury Award Of Recognition
Awarded films will be announced on our website and our social media page.

General Rules:

All entries must be submitted digitally.
If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film.
All genre films will be accepted.
The film production may be from the last 5 years.
All films must be under 60 minutes.
Submissions in languages other than Chinese must be subtitled in English.
Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different categories.
We will not screen your work online.
Only online submission will be accepted through film festival platforms.
All submissions are final. No refunds are provided.
After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival website, under official selections.
The official language of the Festival is English.
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Bucharest Short Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time, for any reason. Bucharest Short Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
Films can not be withdrawn from the festival program after being selected.
Each participant is responsible for the content of his/her work and for any possible copyright problems. The participant owns all rights concerning the usage of his/her work according to the regulations. The Festival Committee has no responsibility to third parties. The Festival Committee has the right to reject films, if the content or technical quality does not correspond to the Festival conditions.

The candidates must respect the following rules:

Each entry will be accompanied by non-refundable fees.
The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
Any Film, selected or not selected, will be a decision of selection panel which is final and accepted by all.
The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all.
By Submitting the film, you agree to our GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN Bucharest Short Film Festival and that you have read our Rules and Regulations.


The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. He is legally authorized to enter his film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
Filmmaker agrees that film entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the Festival, and that fragments of the film might be also presented through mass media, in association with the promotional campaigns of the Festival.
The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.
If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by the Date of Event.
The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
If screenings or information are inaccurate or flawed, the organizer is only liable in case of gross negligence.
The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.

Overall Rating
  • Benita von Sass

    Thank you Shanghai Short Film Festival for the wonderful honour of awarding the Grand Jury Award (Gold) to my film THE YESTERDAY. This is an incredible honour and I very much appreciate this amazing recognition from your festival. Thank you so much to the judges and to the team!

    November 2022
  • We are really glad to have been selected for this year programme. We are so blown away and grateful to win Golden Dragon for the Best Animation at SSFF2022.
    Best wishes to SSFF for the next years!

    November 2022
  • Margot Ott

    I’d like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Shanghai Short Film Festival for presenting the Golden Dragon award for “Best Script” to my film, "Killing Georgia Jones"!
    I am honored to be a part in this wonderful festival and urge any filmmaker, no matter where on their career arc they may be, to submit their films to this prestigious festival! Thanks again!

    November 2022
  • Anu Pennanen

    The festival is a scam. Shame on them. FilmFreeway should be more careful in the vetting process

    October 2022
  • Ayoub El Jamal

    This festival is a scam. I received acceptance notification from Film freeway the day before the festival was supposedly starting, which is the only thing I heard related to the event. Their website redirects and uses a different film festival website and content/films/awards to fake its existence, but I noticed it too late. I can't believe FilmFreeway lets these things get through.

    October 2022