Shanghai Indie International Film Festival

SIIFF is created by international group of professional filmmakers and film critics with connections with distribution companies, rentals, cinemas, studios over the world to collaborate with creators and promote independent and non-independent works.

SIIFF is dedicated to Duān wǔ jié (端午节).

Duān wǔ jié - holiday of Dragon and Dragon boats that happens on 22nd of June.
On sixth day of screening SIFF will announce 2 winners that will fight for victory on Dragon boats with their teams at 22hd of June. SIFF believe that power of cinema lies in teamwork.

We take to heart the amount of work put into each film.
The judgement committee all films equally
and with great respect and consideration.
The quality standard of SIFF is very high,
so finalists of this competition can be really proud of their achievement.
All the nominees will go to the annual competition
ending with the live screening event in Shanghai we organize each season.
Works for screening will be selected from winners of every season (every 3 months).
Visit our website for more visual information.

All Annual Winners in additional categories. will be provided with certificates, laurels, and international communications in Film Industry.
2 Main winners will be available to join SIIFF team and collaborate in different general projects.

Best Short
Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Microfilm
Best Web/TV Series
+ BEST OF THE SEASON (Special Award)
+ AUDIENCE AWARD (Special Award)
Best Director
Best First Time Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Original Score
Best Costume
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup
Best Drone Video
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Romance
Best Fantasy
Best Sci-Fi
Best Action
Best FanFilm
Best Horror
Best Trailer
Best Poster
Best Ensemble
Best Editor
Best Experimental
Best Script Unproduced

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).
✓ All films must have been made in or after 2019.
✓ Short films must not exceed 35 minutes.
✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.
✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in offline event. Every nominated film will be notified about screening.
✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.
✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.
✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.
✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund.
✓ We cannot provide refunds.
✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.
✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.
✓ SIIFF have right to change date and place of the event

Overall Rating
  • I am delighted that my animated short film "Princess Toja" has won an award and been selected for the shanghai IFFl! Looking forward to it

    January 2023
  • Ahmed Alameen

    I was truly honored to win at Shanghai Indie International Film Festival. I can’t wait to see how it will grow and house more indie film creators in the future. I have high hopes for this film festival.

    November 2022
  • SPP Bhaskaran

    Hi Team,
    We are honored to receive the awards that have been awarded to our film Visithiran's Best Actor. As part of the team behind Visithiran, we would like to thank the team behind the Shanghai Indie International Film Festival.

    We feel grateful to have been part of the festival.

    November 2022