Founded in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is the only competitive film festival in China approved by FIAPF.

SIFF focuses on awards, markets, forums and film exhibitions so as to build an international platform, and promote the development of the Chinese film industry.

In recent years, with the increasing growth of China’s economic strength and the rise of its international status, Chinese films have attracted more and more attention from people around the world, and SIFF, held in June annually, has become a great event for filmmakers worldwide, whose universal industry appeal, international influence, and effect on the world’s multicultural film culture and development of the film industry have also been praised by people inside and outside the industry.

In 2018, receives entry of Animated Short Film only; for Live Action Short Film, please register at

This Regulation is drawn to cover participation in short film (Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film) competitions for Golden Goblet Awards of the Festival.

An award shall be given for the best achievement in each of two categories.
1. Live Action Short Film: A live action film uses imagery created primarily through practical photographic techniques used to capture physical actors, props, sets, and locations. Documentary short subjects will not be accepted in the live action category.
2. Animated Short Film: An animated film is created by using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: character or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include cel animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutouts, pins, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects, and drawing on the film frame itself.

In 2018, receives entry of Animated Short Film only; for Live Action Short Film, please register at

A short film that meets the following qualifying criteria may be chosen for invitation in short films Competition for Golden Goblet Award:
1. A Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after January 1, 2017.
2. All eligible motion pictures must be publicly exhibited by means of unencrypted DCP, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, image compression (if used) conforming to JPEG 2000; and image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites..
3. The Short film must not be exhibited publicly or distributed anywhere in any nontheatrical form before Shanghai International Film festival.
Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:
Broadcast and cable television
DVD distribution
Internet transmission
4. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.

Overall Rating
  • Shanghai IFF is an excellent platform for networking and making new friends from the industry in a relaxed and friendly environment. This is definitely a festival that a filmmaker shouldn't miss.

    July 2017