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 2021, filmfreeway.com receives entry of Animated Short Film only; for Live Action Short Film, please register at www.siff.com.

An award for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM (The award will be presented to the director.)
An award for BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (The award will be presented to the director.)

In 2021, filmfreeway.com receives entry of Animated Short Film only; for Live Action Short Film, please register at www.siff.com.

Article 1
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 Shanghai International Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as SIFF or The Festival).

Article 2
SIFF was ratified by the State Council of China, it is one of the FIAPF-accredited non-specialized competitive film festivals throughout the world. The Festival focuses on multi-layer and multi-angle exploration of new directors. Its aim is to reveal films of quality in order to enhance exchange and cooperation between China and the rest of the world.

Article 3
The Festival is held in June every year. The 24th SIFF will be held from Friday June 11 to Sunday June 20, 2021.

Article 4
A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, This excludes from consideration such works as:
1. Previews and advertising films
2. Sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
3. Unaired episodes of established TV series
4. Unsold TV series pilots

The live action short films that meet the following conditions are eligible for Short Film Competition of Golden Goblet Award:
1) 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) Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2020.
3) Film that has not been selected in an international section (competitive or not) of other FIAPF-accredited non-specialized competitive film festivals before SIFF.
4) The Short film must not be exhibited publicly or distributed anywhere in any nontheatrical form before the Festival. Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to: Broadcast and cable television ;PPV/VOD ;DVD distribution ;Internet transmission .
5) World premiere or International premiere is preferred.
6) 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; the image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.

The animated short films that meet the following conditions are eligible for Short Film Competition of Golden Goblet Award
1) 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. Documentaries created by animation technique can be accepted in the animation category.
2) Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2020.
3) Film that has not been selected in an international section (competitive or not) of other FIAPF-accredited non-specialized competitive film festivals before SIFF.
4) The Short film must not be exhibited publicly or distributed anywhere in any nontheatrical form before the Festival. Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to: Broadcast and cable television ;PPV/VOD ;DVD distribution ;Internet transmission .
5) World premiere or International premiere is preferred.
6) 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; the image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.

Article 5
In order to be eligible for selection, a short film must be submitted to the Festival no later than March 31, 2021. We require either media storage devices(DVD, USB Disk, Hard Disk)or online screener for preview. Screeners may be sent to the following address by the above deadline:
Shanghai International Film Festival
20th Floor, 211 Kang Ding Road
Shanghai 200041, China
Attn: Luo Xuefei
Tel: 86-21-22009858
Email: luoxuefei@siff.com

Article 6
The Festival chooses and invites the films which will be presented in competitions.

More documentation on each selected film including synopsis, film stills, biography & photo of director,cast and crew list for catalogue uses, as well as English subtitled/dialogue list, poster and film trailer (Detailed material list will be indicated in the film invitation separately), must reach the Festival before May 20, 2021.

DCP or digital presentation (see the criteria above) of the selected films must reach the Festival before May 31, 2021. It is obligatory for the submitters to follow the shipping instructions which accompany notification of film selection into the Festival.

During the entire Festival, none of the selected films may be shown outside the Festival's official theaters before its official presentation.

Article 7
The submitter shall send back the Receipt of invitation within five working days after receiving the invitation from the Festival. No film selected may be withdrawn for any reason from the Festival once its participation has been officially confirmed by the submitter in writing. If the submitter requests to withdraw the film, the Festival shall have the right of final decision. If any loss is caused to the Festival due to the submitter’s request to withdraw the film, the submitter shall compensate for all economic losses and reputation loss caused thereby, including but not limited to the economic compensation, issuing an apology letter to the Festival and making a public apology via social media platform.

Article 8
Films in languages other than English must be subtitled in English. The subtitling expenses are the responsibility of the submitters. The submitters must provide the Festival with complete English subtitled lists which accord with those on the DCP. For versions not corresponding exactly to this definition, the Festival will decide unilaterally whether the films in question are acceptable. All films will be electronically subtitled in Chinese during the Festival. Translation of subtitles from English to Chinese and the screening of the subtitles will be complimentarily operated by the Festival.

Article 9
The Festival designates the members of the Jury as well as President for Golden Goblet Award competition programs. Decision on each award will be officially announced at the Closing & Awards Ceremony. No person having taken part in the production or exploitation of a film in competition may be on the Jury. All jury members are sworn to secrecy.

The Juries are obliged to present:
An award for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM (The award will be presented to the director.)
An award for BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (The award will be presented to the director.)

Article 10
The submitter of the selected films are required to deliver films complying with the specifications for DCP used by the Festival.

Article 11
All expenses for the transport of screener to the Festival, including custom fees and insurance, are the entire responsibility of the submitter.

The Festival covers outbound shipping and insurance fee, and pays for the insurance and storage during the period from the receipt of the DCPs to the return of the DCPs to the Forwarding Agent.

In case of damage to or loss of the DCPs during the period from the receipt of the DCPs to the delivery of DCPs by the Forwarding Agent, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new DCP according to the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard DCP.

Article 12
DCP of the selected films must reach the Festival before May 31, 2021. It is obligatory for the submitter to follow the shipping instructions which accompany notification of film selection into the Festival.

All the film DCPs must be addressed as follows:
Shanghai Logistics Consultant Co. Ltd
c/o Shanghai International Film Festival
20F, 211 Kang Ding Road
Shanghai 200041, China
Tel: 86-21-55053379
Email: print@siff.com

The Festival must be notified of film titles, film format, date and way of delivery as well as the air waybill when the films are sent.

DCPs will be returned to the address indicated by the submitter within two weeks of the end of the Festival.

Article 13
The director or the main cast of the selected films will be invited to attend the Festival. (Detailed offerings will be indicated in the invitation separately.)

Article 14
The Festival maintains the right to decide all cases not provided in these Regulations, taking into account the clauses of the FIAPF International Regulations.

Article 15
Participation in the Festival implies adherence to the regulations as here set out. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, or other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival.

Article 16
The Festival is very much aware of the global situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, carefully monitoring all developments of the virus, and following China’s policies on epidemic prevention and control. The Festival may adopt alternative ways to organize its events if they are likely to be effected by a newer situation. In any case, the Festival remains committed to providing up-to-date information to all the film submitters.

Article 17
SIFF Organization Committee reserves the right of final explanation of all above articles.

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  • 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