This year's condition that each entry should have is:
At least ONE SHOT OF FOOD PREPARATION.
Be creative with how you interpret that. It could be a central thing like a detailed scene of culturally preparing an ethnic feast or as simple as pouring a glass of wine.
The Shanghai International Short Film Contest is not like conventional film festivals, it invites teams to undergo a one-month experiment in film making, teamwork, education, and cultural communication through film. For those in Shanghai during the contest, we sponsor professional workshops on various aspects of film making and film industry.
The contest calls for film makers of all sorts and all levels of ability to form teams to collaborate on making a film: from script and pre-production through shooting and post-production. The films will all be especially created for this event. A panel of academic and professional experts will judge the entries.
The short-listed films for the awards will be screened in the main collection at our main venue to the public. However, each film will be publicly screened in venues across the city. The short-listed films will also be screened in other select cities.
Best Film - USD$ 1000
FInal Draft Best Script - Final Draft 9
Meiwenti Indie Spirit Award -
Must be made during the contest period
Must contain the condition named at the kickoff of the contest period -- FOOD PREPARTION in at least one shot. Be creative in how you do this.
Must never have been screened previously
Must be under 12 minutes in total length including opening and end credits
Must not contain: Pornography, offensive material directed to any nation, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation, excessive profanity, excessive nudity, anti-Chinese government, or anything else the festival organizers deem inappropriate.
Must have script in English or Chinese with TIME CODES for subtitles
Must have the rights to all materials including script and music and actors’ releases
Must be submitted for screening in H.264 format at 1080P
Response from festival:
I appreciate your reviews and we will work harder to grow for next year. We had to grow slowly from a city based contest to this new format. Next year the films for awards night will be shown in a more theatrical venue and some other films that are not shortlisted will be shown at other venues on other days building up to awards night. Greater networking will be part of the goal and we will continue screenings, education seminars and networking events throughout the year. Thanks for your great entry and support. We value it.