This year's condition that each entry should have is:


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 -


All Entries:
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
短片的剧本必须是英文或者中文,并且必须包括TIME CODES以便制作字幕

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

Overall Rating
  • Gleb Torubarov

    Great festival and amazing community to network!
    Despite the fact that the movies were made in a month, the selected movies were of high quality and unique concepts.
    Good job, the organizers!

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing with us your entry and being a part of this festival. It is great to see new and developing talents. We are proud to have you participate in our festival.

  • Richard is a very good and professional person

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Your participation is part of what made this festival great. You provided a great entry and the judging this year was so hard. I am proud to have this chance to connect with you.

  • Nicholas Z. Scott

    I thought Richard did a great Job. We had clear communication from the moment we signed up to the festival itself. The turnout for the screening was impressive, and much bigger than similar events I've been to around Shanghai. I only wish there had been more time to network at the screening, as I there were lots of people there I didn't get a chance to talk to. Maybe show the contest films earlier so people have time to stick around afterwards.

    November 2016
    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.

  • The Way .

    Richard and his staff with the contest did such amazing work.

    From day one there is a great line of communication with the contributing teams, support is offered in an expeditious fashion and updates happen in a very timely manner.

    At the event itself, there was good coverage from local media, a photographer was on hand for press materials, there was a high level of engagement with the teams when we arrived and things were handled in a really professional manner.

    It was a hell of a lot of fun and I highly recommend anyone that wants exposure to the rather extensive network of Shanghai filmmakers should take part in this contest.

    The only thing that dropped the value to a 4 star rating was the venue was not so well suited for the festival and the sound in particular was not as good as it could have been due to the physical space of the venue. But next year, that's not going to be a problem.

    I'll go as often as they accept me. You should too.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Ray K
    Keep making movies like your entry JERRY and you will be repeatedly invited back. We deeply appreciate your participation and your support.
    The SHISFC Team