Registration, Awards and Rules

Registration will open in August.

Our registration platform will be Film Freeway. Entries open at

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.



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

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


Codec: H.264

A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Vimeo accepts most major video codecs, but for best results we recommend using H.264. If you’re uploading High Definition (HD) video, choose the High Profile H.264 setting instead of Main Profile.

Frame rate

When preparing your video for upload, it’s best to maintain the video’s native frame rate when compressing your video. If your footage exceeds 60 FPS, we will automatically reduce the frame rate. If there is an option for keyframes, choose the same value you used for frame rate. Important: Always choose “constant” frame rate instead of “variable” frame rate.

Bit rate

Bit rate (also known as data rate) controls the visual quality of the video and its file size. If your video editing software gives you the option, choose a “variable” bit rate and select a value from the ranges below. You can experiment with different rates if your file is too large or you’re not happy with the quality of your source file.

Quality Bit rate (kbit/s)
SD 2,000 – 5,000
720p 5,000 – 10,000
1080p 10,000 – 20,000
2K 20,000 – 30,000
4K 30,000 – 60,000


Videos come in all shapes and sizes but these are some of the most common formats.

Format Resolution (px)
Standard Definition (SD)
4:3 aspect ratio
640 × 480
Standard Definition (SD)
16:9 aspect ratio
640 × 360
720p HD
16:9 aspect ratio
1280 × 720
1080p HD
16:9 aspect ratio
1920 × 1080
16:9 aspect ratio
2560 × 1440
16:9 aspect ratio
3840 × 2160


Codec: AAC-LC (Advanced Audio Codec)

For best results, we recommend using AAC-LC (low complexity) for the audio codec.

Data rate: 320 kbit/s

For best results, encode your audio at constant rate of 320 kbit/s.

Sample rate: 48 kHz

For best results, set your audio sample rate to 48 kHz. If your working setting is already less than or equal to 48 kHz, leave it as is.