REGULATIONS FOR GOLDEN GOBLET AWARDS SHORT FILM
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 Shanghai International Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as SIFF or The Festival).
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
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.
A short film that meets the following qualifying criteria is eligible for Short Film Competition of Golden Goblet Award:
1. A Short film that has been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2018.
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 the Festival.
Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:
Broadcast and cable television
4. All films must be submitted in a standard theatrical exhibition aspect ratio.
In order to be eligible for selection, a short film must be submitted to the Festival no later than March 31, 2019. We require either media storage devices（DVD, USB Disk, Hard Disk）or online screener for preview. Screeners may 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
In the meantime, online film submission at www.siff.com is necessarily requested.
More documentation on each selected film including synopsis, film stills, biography & photo of director，cast and crew list for catalogue uses, as well as English subtitled/dialogue list, poster and film trailer (Detailed material list will be indicated in the film invitation separately), must reach the Festival before May 20, 2019.
DCP or digital presentation (see the criteria above) of the selected films must reach the Festival before May 31, 2019. It is obligatory for the participant to follow the shipping instructions which accompany notification of film selection into the Festival.
During the entire Festival, none of the selected films may be shown outside the Festival's official theaters before its official presentation.
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 DCP or digital screening materials. 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.
The submitter shall send back the Receipt of invitation within five working days after receiving the invitation from the Festival. No film selected may be withdrawn for any reason from the Festival once its participation has been officially confirmed by the submitter in writing. If the submitter requests to withdraw the film, the Festival shall have the right of final decision. If any loss is caused to the Festival due to the submitter’s request to withdraw the film, the submitter shall compensate for all economic losses and reputation loss caused thereby, including but not limited to the economic compensation, issuing an apology letter to the Festival and making a public apology via social media platform.
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. No person having taken part in the production or exploitation of a film in competition may be on the Jury. All jury members are sworn to secrecy.
All expenses for the transport of screener to the Festival, including custom fees and insurance, are the entire responsibility of the submitter.
The Festival covers outbound shipping and insurance fee, and pays for the insurance and storage during the period from the receipt of the DCPs to the return of the DCPs to the Forwarding Agent.
In case of damage to or loss of the DCPs during the period from the receipt of the DCPs to the delivery of DCPs by the Forwarding Agent, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new DCP according to the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard DCP.
Regarding film print transportation, please kindly be noted that the 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
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.
DCPs will be returned to the address indicated by the submitter within two weeks of the end of the Festival.
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.)
The Festival maintains the right to decide all cases not provided in these Regulations, taking into account the clauses of the FIAPF International Regulations.
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.
SIFF Organization Committee reserves the right of final explanation of all above articles.