Registration, Awards and Rules

Registration will open in August.

Our registration platform will be Film Freeway. Entries open at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Shanghaishorts

Registration will be USD $100 or equivalent in RMB per film entry.

The contest will begin in mid-September 2016 and all entries are due October 20, 2016. Submission via Film Freeway or by special arrangement with the Contest.

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AWARDS

The three films selected by our panel of academic and professional expert judges will determine the top three films based on a scorecard including: script, cinematography, directing, acting, editing, sound and other elements

There will be an award for best actor or actress

There will be an indie spirit award called the MeiWenTi Award for the film that best embodies the indie spirit of amateur film making.

Laurel Shanghai short film contentest

[There may be other awards to come]

Some Rules
一些规则

All Entries:
所有的参赛者:
Must be made during the contest period
短片必须在大赛的期间内制作完成

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.
必须满足大赛宣布的条件

Must never have been screened previously
在此大赛之前没有展映过

Must be under 12 minutes in total length including opening and end credits
短片的长度必须在12分钟以内

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.
不能包含:色情,针对任何国家、宗教、文化、性别、性取向的刺激语言,亵渎语言,过多的裸露画面,或者其它此大赛认为不合适的成分

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
参赛者必须拥有关于短片的所有资料的使用权

Must be submitted for screening in H.264 format at 1080P
短片的格式必须是1080P的H.264格式

 

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