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 2022, 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 2022, 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 25th SIFF will be held from Friday June 10 to Sunday June 19, 2022.

Article 4

A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.

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

1) A live action film that meets the following qualifying criteria is 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. A Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2021.

3. Film that has not been in the main competition category 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. Chinese film must be World premiere.

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 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. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.

2) An animated film that meets the following qualifying criteria is eligible for Short Film Competition of Golden Goblet Award:

1. 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. A Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2021.

3. Film that has not been in the main competition category 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. Chinese film must be World premiere.

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 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. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.

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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