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Regulation of the 7th China International New Media Short Film Festival

 

This regulation is available for all activities of the 7th China International New Media Short Film Festival (the 7th CSFF).

 

1.     Introduction to China International New Media Short Film Festival

China International New Media Short Film Festival (CSFF), founded by 2010, the only state-recognized international short film award in China, is intended to encourage the production of outstanding new media shorts, discover and support new media talents, nurture and incubate innovative new media projects.

The activities of 7th CSFF will be held in two sessions:

The first session themed with “Vision” The 7th CSFF Spring Activity Week will be held from May 12th to May 17th, 2015, during which time the 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industrial Fair (ICIF) will also be presented. This spring session is centered on new media short film screening and professional communication among new media industry of video art. Major activities include CSFF excellent works screening and new media short film development forum.

The second session, which focuses on international short film trading, screening, and exchange, has a theme of “Reward” The 7th CSFF Autumn Activity Week and will be staged from November 25th to November 30th, 2016. The autumn session consists of the 7th CSFF Launching Ceremony, International Short Film Screening, International Short Film Market, Short Film Outdoor Screening in Guangming New District, CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program, Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session, and College Days.

 

2.     Theme of the 7th CSFF

New Media, New Tech, New Life

 

3.     Organizing Structure

Hosted byState Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television

Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government

Organized by: Guangming New District Administration Commission of Shenzhen Municipality

Culture, Sports & Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality

Shenzhen Media Group

 

4.     Activities of the 7th CSFF

1)    7th CSFF New Media Short Film Forum

Theme: The Future of Short Video Films

Time: 10:00 am of May 13th, 2016

Venue: Shenzhen, China

The development status and the future of short films will be discussed on the forum by touching upon such topics as “the future of short films”, “the factors to a successful short film”, “short film and VR”, and “marketization of short films’ intellectual property ”. The Organizing Committee will invite a total of five distinguished guests to the forum, including the director of State Administration of Film, Radio and Television, representatives of online video website companies, VR manufacturers, and new media video directors. They will discuss heated topics in new media industry form such aspects as national policy, new media content market, and new media technologies.

 

2)    The Launching Ceremony of the 7th CSFF

Time: November 25th, 2016 (Friday)

Venue: Mass Sports Center of Guangming New District Square

The Launching Ceremony includes the Sign-in of the 7th CSFF VIP guests, Launching Ceremony of the 7th CSFF, Award Ceremony and Launching Ceremony Screening. The selected director list of the “CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program” and the winners of the “Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session” will be announced during Launching Ceremony. The best screening short film entry will be screened as well.

 

3)    Screenings

The 7th CSFF focusing on the state strategy of "One Belt, One Road", aims at enhancing international communication and cooperation by building the international cultural communication platform with the unique theory of "bringing in, going out". The organizing committee cooperates with the countries of "One Belt, One Road", selects excellent short films for the theme session screening of "One Belt, One Road", in order to provide the short film fans and Shenzhen citizens a chance to enjoy the passion of new media culture and forming a wholly new lifestyle of “Blue Sky · Grass Land · Short Film”. The Screenings of the 7th CSFF includes Short Film Outdoor Screening in Guangming New District and the 7th CSFF International Short Film Screening.

i.     Short Film Outdoor Screening in Guangming New District

Time: November 25th (Friday) - November 28th, 2016 (Monday)

Venue: Mass Sports Center of Shenzhen Guangming New District

   Theme: Blue Sky · Grass Land · Short Film

Lasting for 3 days, the Carnival is centered on open-air short film screenings and supplemented by large-scale image-text exhibition, virtual studio experience area, and gourmet area, providing participants a big out-door recreational event combining "Technology + Art + Food" elements. In the exhibition area, each night participants can enjoy one series of national short films themed with "One Belt and One Road". Major contributors of the short films will be present to share views with audience.

ii.   International Short Film Screening

Time: Dec. 26th –30th

Venue: Shenzhen, China

International Short Films Screening is one of the most important parts of the 7th CSFF activities. Submitted works will be viewed online by a jury of 15 invited by the Organizing Committee. Top twenty works of drama, documentary and animation recommended by the jury will be screened publicly in theaters, squares and universities in Shenzhen for five days started from Nov. 26th. Meanwhile, directors of chosen works will be invited to be present in the International Short Films Screening activities.

 

4)    CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program

Time: March 1st, 2016 – November 24th, 2016

To discover and support filmmaking talents and encourage the production of outstanding new media short films at home and abroad, the 7th CSFF Organizing Committee initiates “CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program” targeting at short film creators around the globe. This program, with a total fund of RMB 1 million (pre-tax), will award the winners funds for their next works and other resource support as well as grant them priorities in signing contracts in the International Short Film Market.

Though voting on the International Short Film Online Trading Platform and discussing on the evaluation meetings, the 7th CSFF International Selection Jury Panel will nominate 5 excellent directors for “CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program” – Best Director, Best Director for Drama Short Film, Best Director for Documentary Short Film, Best Director for Animation Short Film and Best University Student Director of Short Film. The List of Selected Directors for the program will be released at the launching ceremony of the 7th CSFF.

 

5)    Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session

Time: April 1st, 2016 – November 24th, 2016

Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session is introduced during the 7th CSFF to encourage local short film production and promote the development of film industry and new media in Shenzhen. All short films that display the city’s innovative vitality, its tolerance and caring spirit are highly welcomed. And the 7th CSFF Organizing Committee also authorizes CSFF International Selection Jury Panel to serve as the judges of this competition session to select three works for the awards of “Best Innovation-themed Short Film”, “Best Tolerance-themed Short Film” and “Best Care-themed Short Film” whose directors will be awarded with RMB 30,000 each. The winner list will be announced at the 7th CSFF launching ceremony on November 25th, 2016.

 

6)    International Short Film Market

i.    Online Trading Platform

Online Screening: Apr. 1st to Dec. 30th

Website: www.csff.online

The Online Trading Platform of CSFF International Short Films is the only official authorized platform of the 7th CSFF to screen international short films. Directors, copyright owners, television companies and institutions are all welcome to submit works through the online platform. Short films in full compliance with the requirements of screening will be shown on the platform for nine months. For those who registered as the CSFF guests can view the 7th CSFF works online, consult short film information, and submit copyright purchase and sale intention.

ii.  International Short Film Market (exhibition)

   Time: Dec. 26th –30th

Venue: Shenzhen, China

International Short Films Screening is one of the most important parts of the 7th CSFF activities. Submitted works will be viewed online by a jury of 15 invited by the Organizing Committee. Top twenty works of drama, documentary and animation recommended by the jury will be screened publicly in theaters, squares and universities in Shenzhen for five days started from Nov. 26th. Meanwhile, directors of chosen works will be invited to be present in the International Short Films Screening activities.

 

7)    College Days

Time: November 27-28, 2016

Venue: Guangming New District, Shenzhen OCT East

The 7th CSFF Organizing Committee invites students and teachers from the national professional school of film and television and media to our CSFF activities, especially College Days Activities, which consists of two sections: Master's Seminar and Extreme Shooting Creation Practice with Cell Phones. The Master's Seminar of the 7th CSFF offers two open classes (Section 1: How to improve film art creation by using special effect technologies? and Section 2: Hollywood special effects disclosure), given by world-renowned special effect masters and directors on their creation experience and techniques in hopes of igniting students' passion for creation by combining lecture with practice, which will be held in the form of sightseeing and creation material collection based on Shenzhen local cultural landscape. The Committee will collectively display each group of works on the same day and select excellent creators as award recipients.

 

5.     International Short Film Screening

1) Screening Registration Time

March 1st, 2016 - September 1st, 2016

2) Requirements on Entries

a. Type: Drama short film, Documentary short film, or Animation short film;

b. Duration: Within 20 minutes;

c. Subtitle: English subtitle must be provided for all dialogues, voiceover, and commentary;

d. Video quality: High definition (HD) 720 p (1280*720) and above, H.264 video codec is preferred.

e. Creation time: Completed after January 1st, 2015

f. Content requirements:

i. The content (including texts, languages, scenarios and backgrounds) shall not violate the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China;

ii. Shall not contain or involve any content on ethnic, religious or racial discrimination;

iii. Shall not contain pornographic, violent or other unhealthy contents;

iv. Shall not be suspected of plagiarizing or infringing upon others' copyright;

v. Works with healthy central ideas and skillful combination of ideology, art, and technology are encouraged;

vi. Short films conveying innovative ideas are encouraged.

3) Screening Registration Method

a. Online Submission

Chinese or international short film creators, copyright owners, and film and television organizations        may log on to the official site of CSFF (http://www.csff.online) to register as an account and submit entries.

b. DVD Mailing

Each applicant should make a DVD including the entry and its data information to DVDs and mail them to the CSFF Organizing Committee. The Committee will to upload the entries to the International Short Film Online Trading Platform. The DVD containing the data information of an entry should include but not limit to the following information:

i. Electronic edition of the International Short Film Screening Registration Form;

ii. A poster of the entry in the format of a vector diagram that can be converted into any publication form or a high-resolution JPG file;

iii. A still image of the entry, which may be a screenshot of the entry;

iv. Two snapshots of the director or cast that are taken recently, which should be high-resolution JPG files that can be converted to any publication form;

v. Text files of the dialogue in Chinese and English versions.

 

       All applicants should send the entries via express delivery, making "Entry for the 7th CSFF" on the package.

The package should contain the following items:

i. A printed International Short Film Screening Form signed by the applicant;

ii. A DVD containing the data information of the entry;

iii. A DVD with the entry recorded on it.

Mailing address: 16/F, Block 1, Shenzhen Media Group Cultural &Creative Industrial Park, No.1 Qingqing Road, Longhua New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, PRC

Recipient: International Short Film Exhibition Team of the CSFF Organizing Committee

Zip code: 518026

Note: Please inform the CSFF Organizing Committee via e-mail (csff@szmg.com.cn) regarding the name of the short film, sending date, delivery method, and tracking number after you send the package.

(3) Contact Method

Consulting hotline: +86-0755-23767306 (Mr. Li)

Official e-mail address: csff@szmg.com.cn

 

6.     CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program Reward and Selection

The 7th CSFF International Selection Jury Panel will be constituted by 15 judges who are responsible for nominating five outstanding directors for the “CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program” among all the entries. The selected directors will be awarded with funds for their next works and other resource support as well as priorities in signing contracts in the International Short Film Market by the CSFF Organizing Committee.

(I) Funding Standard

Name

Requirements

Number

Funding Amount

pre-tax

Best Director

Participating directors should submit a drama, documentary or animation short with duration of less than 20 minutes. The award is largely intended to support these domestic or international short directors who haven’t directed any feature film.

1

¥ 300,000

Best Director for Drama Short Film

It is open for Chinese directors to participate with a drama short with duration of less than 20 minutes.

1

¥ 100,000

Best Director for Documentary Short Film

It allows Chinese directors to participate with a documentary short with duration of less than 20 minutes.

1

¥ 100,000

Best Director for Animation Short Film

It allows Chinese directors to participate with an animation short with duration of less than 20 minutes.

1

¥ 100,000

Best University Student Director of Short Film

Chinese (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) university students can compete after submitting a drama, documentary or animation short with duration of less than 20 minutes.

1

¥ 100,000 & 1-week training in Hollywood sponsored by MPA

(II) Program Schedule

a. Registration: March 1st, 2016 – September 1st, 2016

b. Short Selection: May 1st, 2016 – November 24th, 2016

(i) Online Reviewing by Selection Jury: May 1st – September 10th, 2016

(ii) Evaluation Meeting by International Selection Jury Panel:

First Evaluation Meeting: September 10th, 2016

Second Evaluation Meeting: November 24th, 2016

c. Result Announcement: the 7th CSFF launching ceremony on November 25th, 2016

 

(III) Selection Methods

a. International Selection Jury Panel Set-up

The 7th CSFF International Selection Jury Panel will be constituted by 15 Chinese or international leading figures, experts, scholars, directors, screenwriters, actors and movie critics from the film and television art and media new industry. The selection jury panel is responsible for nominating five outstanding directors for the “CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program” after reviewing all the entries.

 

b. Online Reviewing by Selection Jury

The selection jury panel will review all the entries via International Short Film Online Trading Platform from May 1st through September 10th, 2016 and provide a shortlist of top 30 short films for “International Short Film Screening” before September 10th.

 

c. International Selection Jury Panel Evaluation Meetings

i) First Evaluation Meeting

The panel will have a meeting on September 10th, 2016 to discuss and select 20 shortlisted films for “International Short Film Screening” by vote based on the recommendations of each judge.

 

ii) Second Evaluation Meeting

The second evaluation meeting will be held on November 24th, 2016 where the selection jury panel will present comprehensive comments on the 20 nominated short films and vote to decide 5 winners for “CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program”. The selected directors will receive funds for their next works and other support from the CSFF Organizing Committee.

 

(IV) Announcement of the Selected Directors for CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program

On November 25th, 2016, the Selected Directors for CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program will be announced at the 7th CSFF launching ceremony which will be held in Guangming New District Mass Sports Center and serves as the only release platform recognized by CSFF Organizing Committee for such announcement.

 

(V) Contact: Ms. Chen +86 – 0755 – 23767307

 

7.     Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session

(I) Award Setting and Requirements on Entries

Name

Requirements

Number

Prize

(pre-tax)

Best Innovation-

themed Short Film

A drama, animation or documentary short film which is within 20 minutes and focuses on displaying the innovative vitality of Shenzhen.

1

¥ 30,000

Best Tolerance-

themed Short Film

A drama, animation or documentary short film which focuses on the tolerance feature of Shenzhen within 20 minutes.

1

¥ 30,000

Best philanthropism -themed Short Film

A drama, animation or documentary short film which centers on the caring spirit of Shenzhen within 20 minutes.

1

¥ 30,000

 

(II). Schedule

a. Registration: April 1 – September 1, 2016

b. Selection: May 1 – September 10, 2016

Online Reviewing by Selection Jury: May 1 – September 9, 2016 (A nomination list has to be submitted before September 7)

Review Meeting of International Selection Jury Panel: September 10, 2016 (the jury panel votes to decide winning works)

c. Award Presenting: the 7th CSFF launching ceremony on November 25, 2016

    (III) Requirements on Entries

a. Type: Drama short film, Documentary short film, or Animation short film;

b. Duration: Within 20 minutes;

c. Subtitle: English subtitle must be provided for all dialogues, voiceover, and commentary;

d. Video quality: High definition (HD) 720 p (1280*720) and above, H.264 video codec is preferred.

e. Creation time: Completed after January 1st, 2015

f. Content requirements:

i) The content the entries shall related to Shenzhen City, which shows the local characteristics of innovation, tolerance and philanthropism.

ii) The content (including texts, languages, scenarios and backgrounds) shall not violate the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China;

iii) Shall not contain or involve any content on ethnic, religious or racial discrimination;

iv) Shall not contain pornographic, violent or other unhealthy contents;

v) Shall not be suspected of plagiarizing or infringing upon others' copyright;

vi) Works with healthy central ideas and skillful combination of ideology, art, and technology are encouraged;

vii) Short films conveying innovative ideas are encouraged.

(IV) Entry Submission

    Applicant of Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session should make a DVD including the entry and its data information to DVDs and mail them to the CSFF Organizing Committee. The Committee will to upload the entries to the Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session of International Short Film Online Trading Platform. The DVD containing the data information of an entry should include but not limit to the following information:

i. Electronic edition of the Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session Registration Form;

ii. A poster of the entry in the format of a vector diagram that can be converted into any publication form or a high-resolution JPG file;

iii. A still image of the entry, which may be a screenshot of the entry;

iv. Two snapshots of the director or cast that are taken recently, which should be high-resolution JPG files that can be converted to any publication form;

v. Text files of the dialogue in Chinese and English versions.

       All applicants should send the entries via express delivery, making "Entry for the 7th CSFF Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session " on the package.

The package should contain the following items:

i. A printed Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session Registration Form signed by the applicant;

ii. A DVD containing the data information of the entry;

iii. A DVD with the entry recorded on it.

Mailing address: 16/F, Block 1, Shenzhen Media Group Cultural &Creative Industrial Park, No.1 Qingqing Road, Longhua New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, PRC

 (V) Selection Methods

Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session will be judged by 7th CSFF International Selection Jury Panel. The jury panel members select the prizes of “Best Innovation-themed Short Film“, “Best Tolerance-themed Short Film” and “Best philanthropism -themed Short Film “ by voting through the Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session of International Short Film Online Trading Platform and organizing Evaluation Meetings. Each awarded director will receive RMB 30,000 Yuan, the competition result will be released during the Launching Ceremony of the 7th CSFF. Detailed selection methods are as follow:

a. Online Reviewing by Selection Jury

The selection jury panel will review all the entries via the Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session of International Short Film Online Trading Platform and provide a shortlist for “the Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session ” before September 7th.

b. International Selection Jury Panel Evaluation Meetings

The jury panel will have a meeting on September 10th, 2016 to discuss shortlisted films for “Shenzhen City Themed Short Film Competition Session” and vote for the three prizes.

 

8.     International Short Film Market

This Short Film Market is composed of two parts: an "online" market platform and an "offline" market exhibition.

a. Online Market Trading Platform

I. Opening Time of the Online Market Trading Platform in 2016

  March 1, 2016 — December 30, 2016

II. Scope of Trading

Copyright trading of short films, scripts and new media audio visual content;

Content production of short films, Internet dramas and online videos; crowd-funding, investment and financing for projects related to the production of new media video content.

III. Requirements on Trading

The content of trading (including characters, languages, scenarios and backgrounds) shall not violate the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China; shall not contain or involve any issues or content on ethnic, religious or racial discrimination; shall not contain pornographic, violent or other unhealthy content; and shall not be suspected of plagiarizing or infringing upon others' copyright.

IV. Method for Project Application

For any projects falling in the trading scope and meeting the trading requirements, applicants may log in www.csff.online to complete guest registration, fill in submit and information as required.

a)        Applicants may fill in and submit both Chinese and English information as per their needs.

b)       Applicants must be the copyright holder or owner representative for the submitted project.

c)        The contact person information filled in shall be true and valid.

d)       The Committee will not charge exhibition fees for the trading projects.

 

b. International Short Film Market (Exhibition)

The 7th CSFF International Short Film Market will have its offline exhibition held from November 25 to 28, 2016 at the Mass Sports Center of Guangming New District, Shenzhen. All national and international outstanding film and TV production companies, new media video websites, special effect production companies, VR film companies, film equipment companies and organizations of international film and culture exchange are welcomed and encouraged to apply stands through CSFF official web (www.csff.online) to showcase their products, achievements, as well as trading and cooperative projects to national and international audience, buyers and industry peers.

    I. Stand Application

1)Stand Quantity: 40 professional stands will be provided at the 7th CSFF International Short Film Market. All interested enterprises and organizations please log in CSFF official web (www.csff.online) to apply your own stand online. In accordance with the first-come-first-served principle, the Committee will provide product project exhibition and trading services to the first 40 applying units.

2)Online application period: April 1 — October 1, 2016

3)Requirements on Participating in Exhibition

i. A stand rented by an exhibitor shall be used only by the exhibitor company and, without the consent of the Committee, shall not be transferred or assigned to any other companies. Or else, the Committee is entitled to disqualify the exhibitor and will not refund the stand fee paid by the exhibitor. Co-exhibitors (if any) shall be noted in details when an exhibitor submits its stand application.

ii. Exhibitors' qualifications shall be reviewed and approved by the Organizing Committee of CSFF. National exhibitors must provide the Organization Code Certificate, Business License counterpart and Tax Registration Certificate of business entities. International exhibitors must provide Business License, Certificate of Registration, and other documents certifying qualifications of the enterprise or organization.

    II. Stand Specs and Rent

Stand type

Promotional stand price

(Appling before August 1, 2016)

Stand price

Standard stand: 4 m x 5 m

RMB 10,000 yuan

15,800 yuan

Special design stand

(at least 20 m2 open space)

RMB 350 yuan/m2

480 yuan/m2

  III. Stand Fee Payment

 Fee collection account:

Account name: SHENZHEN TIMES Network Media Co.

Account No.: 755917843810401

Deposit bank: China Merchants Bank, Golden Homes Branch Shenzhen

After submitting a stand application through www.csff.online, exhibitors must pay the stand rent within 15 days of application submission and send the payment certificate through mails (or fax, scanning) to the Committee. Otherwise, the stand application will be invalid.

       IV. Committee Contact Information

Contact: Mr. Wang

Tel.: +86—0755—23767301

 

 

Organizing Committee of

China International New Media Short Film Festival

March 1st, 2016

 

 
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