上海酷儿影展（Shanghai Queer Film Festival，简称SHQFF）是一个全新的酷儿电影平台，通过放映世界各地优秀的酷儿新片，探讨性向，延展“性”的无限可能。这是一个为影人与观众打造的平台，让大家聚在一起分享、参与，探索LGBTQIA+（同性恋、双性恋、跨性别、酷儿、无性恋、双性人）的各类话题。
Shanghai Queer Film Festival (SHQFF) is a new platform for queer cinema, exploring sexuality and expanding gender through screenings of some of the best new films from around the world. We aim to be a space for filmmakers and audiences to meet, share and engage in what it means to be LGBTQIA+.
SHQFF believes in better representation on screen. We seek a diverse and intersectional queer culture in cinema, and further the dissemination of ideas, dreams, and love. We aim to provide filmmakers, especially those of Chinese and Asian backgrounds, with a platform to showcase their work and make their voices heard. Our industry outreach, including panel discussions and networking, helps you to take your film further and bring you closer to audiences.
SHQFF is a completely volunteer-run and not-for-profit community organization. Events are free and open to all, and we strive to create open and safe discussion spaces for deep engagement with the films and issues.
In September 2017, we all enjoyed a successful first SHQFF, which lasted for 8 days in Shanghai. Along with building a brand-new queer film platform, we were very happy to have screened outstanding queer films from across the globe and have opened up the discussion of love and queer culture in a diversified context.
The Short Film Competition was created to showcase new and emerging filmmakers, especially those from Asia. As an integral part of SHQFF, we have received over 1000 works from over 60 countries and regions. The finalists that we have presented at SHQFF received positive responses from our audiences.
In 2018, SHQFF’s Short Film Competition became a short film division before changing its name to 'SHQFF Shorts' in 2019, which includes two categories: the Asian Short Film Competition and the World Short Film Screening. It is our hope that we can more fully represent Asian films on screen, increasing the diversity of the festival while focusing in on Asian queer films. This will provide a platform to all participating filmmakers both in Asia and the world at large, while also bringing more quality content to our local audience.
This year, the Asian Short Film Competition will continue to offer six awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and the Grand Jury Award. Films chosen for the World Short Film Screening will not be judged or awarded but instead will be screened as part of our official selection during the festival.
If your film tells a story taking place in Asia or has an Asian lead character, please do not hesitate to sign up for the 2021 SHQFF Asian Short Film Competition. If your film is about LGBTQIA+ experiences outside the Asian perspective, please sign up for the 2021 SHQFF World Short Film Screening. We are very keen to hear your voices, no matter where you are or what culture you come from.
Are you ready for a feast of queer films? Sign up!
There are six awards for films participated in the Asian Short Film Competition:
SHQFF 2021 Best Film
SHQFF 2021 Best Director
SHQFF 2021 Best Cinematography
SHQFF 2021 Best Screenplay
SHQFF 2021 Best Actor
SHQFF 2021 Grand Jury Award
There is NO award for films selected in the World Short Film Screening. Films selected in this category are only for the official screening.
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The applicant must be the owner/copyright holder/accredited sales agent of the submitted film and have properly acquired relevant permissions for any copyrighted materials used.
Films which have been broadcast on television, a public internet screening platform, or have had an international theatrical release prior to SHQFF 2020 are NOT eligible for Short Film Division.
All films submitted must have a running time of 40 minutes or less.
Films may be in any language, but must include either Chinese or English subtitles.
All films must be submitted before July 31, 2021, and have been produced after March 1, 2020.
There is a 1 USD submission fee for each submitted film.
All films should focus on LGBTQIA+ themes and/or include LGBTQIA+ characters.
SHQFF Shorts, the short film division contains two categories: the Asian Short Film Competition and the World Short Film Screening. Films submitted to the Asian Short Film Competition must be relevant to Asia, such as the story taking place in Asia or having an Asian lead character. (‘Asian’ may be interpreted as a national, cultural or ethnic identity.)
Films that do not meet the above requirements should be submitted to World Short Film Screening category.
Selected film submissions in all categories will be notified by September 15, 2021. Award winners for the Asian Short Film Competition will be announced during the 2021 Shanghai Queer Film Festival.
Shanghai Queer Film Festival (SHQFF) may screen the film publicly as part of its program and in conjunction with other events. In addition, SHQFF is granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes, and without limitation as to time in all media including but not limited to internet and television broadcast.
Applicants will provide full production details and publicity stills, press kits and posters on request.
The cost of shipping an entry must be paid by the applicants. Submissions received with incorrect postage or that incur postage charges may not be accepted.
Film print and other film materials will be handled with utmost care. However, neither the SHQFF staff nor the staff from the supporting theatre organizations can assume responsibility for damages or loss of the print and other film materials, en route or otherwise, while in the possession of festival staff.
Filmmakers attending the awards ceremony are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and all other expenses.
Filmmakers whose works have been accepted into SHQFF will be given a FREEPASS to attend the opening night event as well as all other events.
All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the Shanghai Queer Film Festival, without notice.
All films should be submitted digitally in 1080P resolution, MP4 format. The file must be less than 2G.
Films may be submitted by uploading the film to one of the following websites and providing the link for the film in the submission form.
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When completing the film submission form, you must agree to all terms, conditions and guidelines as outlined above. All submissions must be received no later than July 31, 2021.
Response from festival:
Dear filmmaker, please accept my sincere apology to bring you any difficulties in communication. 2019 has been a difficult year for us. The government's restrictions on LGBTQ films have been getting stricter and another film festival in Shanghai was fined for screening LGBTQ content. It took us a very long time to settle the timing of the screening and the time for us to prepare is highly limited. For a fully volunteer-run organization, we also can not afford filmmakers to come to the event. Nevertheless, we will definitely improve ourselves in communication in the new edition. Thank you again for submitting our film festival and your support, thank you for your kind suggestions!