2017-11-14 16:32:26[UPDATES]

Regulations For Golden Goblet Awards Short Film



Article 1

This Regulation is drawn to cover participation in short film (Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film) competitions for Golden Goblet Awards of the Festival. 


Article 2

A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.


This excludes from consideration such works as: 

1. Previews and advertising films 

2. Sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences 

3. Unaired episodes of established TV series 

4. Unsold TV series pilots


Article 3

An award shall be given for the best achievement in each of two categories. 

1. Live Action Short Film: A live action film uses imagery created primarily through practical photographic techniques used to capture physical actors, props, sets, and locations. Documentary short subjects will not be accepted in the live action category.

2. Animated Short Film: An animated film is created by using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: character or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include cel animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutouts, pins, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects, and drawing on the film frame itself.


Article 4

A short film that meets the following qualifying criteria may be chosen for invitation in short films Competition for Golden Goblet Award:

1. A Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after January 1, 2017.

2. All eligible motion pictures must be publicly exhibited by means of unencrypted DCP, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, image compression (if used) conforming to JPEG 2000; and image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites..

3. The Short film must not be exhibited publicly or distributed anywhere in any nontheatrical form before Shanghai International Film festival.

Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to: 

Broadcast and cable television 


DVD distribution 

Internet transmission 

4. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.


Article 5

In order to be eligible for selection, a short film must be submitted to the festival no later than April 15, 2018.


We require DVD screener or digital content(on-line link) for preview to be sent to the following address by the above deadline:

Shanghai International Film Festival

20th Floor, 211 Kang Ding Road 

Shanghai 200041, China

Attn: Luo Xuefei

Tel: 86-21-22009858, Email: luoxuefei@siff.com


In the meantime, online film submission at www.siff.com is necessarily requested.


Article 6

Films in languages other than English must be subtitled in English. The subtitling expenses are the responsibility of the producers. The producers must provide the Festival with complete English subtitled lists which accord with those on the print or digital film. For versions not corresponding exactly to this definition, the Festival will decide unilaterally whether the films in question are acceptable. All films will be electronically subtitled in Chinese during the Festival. Translation of subtitles from English to Chinese and the screening of the subtitles will be complimentarily operated by the Festival.


Article 7

More documentation on each selected film including film stills, photo of director for catalogue uses, as well as English subtitled/dialogue list, poster and film trailer, must reach the Festival before May 20, 2018.


DCP or digital presentation (see the criteria above) of the selected films must reach the Festival before May 31, 2018. It is obligatory for the participant to follow the shipping instructions which accompany notification of film selection into the Shanghai International Film Festival.


Article 8

No film selected may be withdrawn for any reason from the Festival once its participation has been officially confirmed by the film sender. During the entire Festival, none of the short film selected may be shown outside the Festival's official theaters before its official presentation.


Article 9

Excellence of the entries shall be judged on the basis of originality, entertainment and production quality without regard to cost of production or subject matter. 


The Festival designates the members of the Jury for final voting for the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film awards. Decision on each award will be officially announced during the festival. All jury members are sworn to secrecy. No person having taken part in the production or exploitation of a film in competition may be on the Jury.


Article 10

All expenses for the transport of preview screener to the Festival, including custom fees and insurance of prints/DCPs or DVD screeners are the entire responsibility of the producers or print lenders.


The Festival covers inbound shipping and insurance fee, and pays for the insurance and storage during the period from the receipt of the prints/DCPs to the return of the prints/DCPs to the Forwarding Agent. The Festival is not responsible for the costs of storage and customs of prints when they are shipped out to the airport of destination port after the Festival.


In case of damage to or loss of prints during the period from the receipt of the prints/DCPs to the delivery of prints/DCPs by the Forwarding Agent, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new print/DCP according to the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print.


Article 11

Regarding film print transportation, please kindly be noted that the 35mm print or DCP should be sent to SIFF at the following address before May 31st: 


Shanghai Logistics Consultant Co. Ltd.

c/o Shanghai International Film Festival

449 Bao Tong Road

Shanghai 200071, CHINA

Tel: 86-21-55053379, Email: print@siff.com


The Festival must be notified of film titles, film format, date and way of delivery as well as the air waybill when the films are sent.


Prints/DCPs will be returned to the address indicated by the producers or film lenders within two weeks of the end of the Festival.


Article 12

The producer or the director of the selected Short films will be invited to attend the Shanghai International Film Festival. Detailed offerings will be indicated in the invitation separately.


Article 13

The Festival maintains the right to decide all cases not provided in these Regulations, taking into account the clauses of the FIAPF International Regulations.


Article 14

Participation in the Festival implies adherence to the regulations as here set out. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, or other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival.


Guiding Unit:State Film Administration      Host Units:China Media Group Shanghai Municipal People's Government

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