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Registration Announcement of the 7th CSFF International

Short Film Screening

 

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.

As one of the most important activities of the 7th CSFF, the International Short Film Exchange Exhibition is presented in two forms, namely, the online trading platform and offline screening. All qualified entries will be displayed on the CSFF official website from April 1st, 2016 to December 30th, 2016. The short film festival organizing committee and the selection jury will pick out the top 20 short films of three styles (drama, animation, and documentary) out of all entries to screen at the cinema and short film festival venues in every district of Shenzhen from November 26 th through November 30th, 2016. The directors or copyright owners of the exhibited entries will be invited to attend the on-site interaction activities in Shenzhen and compete for the CSFF Short Film Creation Acceleration Program which awards the winners funds for their next works and grants the winners’ priorities in signing contract in the International Short Film Market.

The participation of directors, copyright owners, and film and television organizations both at home and abroad are most welcomed.

 

1. Requirements on Entries

(1) Type: Drama short film, Documentary short film, or Animation short film;

(2) Duration: Within 20 minutes;

(3) Subtitle: English subtitle must be provided for all dialogues, voiceover, and commentary;

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

(5) Creation time: Completed after January 1st, 2015

(6) Content requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

f. Short films conveying innovative ideas are encouraged.

2. Program Schedule

(1) Screening Registration Time

March 1st, 2016 - September 1st, 2016

(2) International Short Film Screening

International Short Film Online Screening via Trading Platform: April 1st, 2016 - December 30 th, 2016

International Short Film Screening: November 26 th, 2016 - November 30 th, 2016

 

3. Screening Registration Method

(1) 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.

(2) 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:

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

b. 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;

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

d. 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;

e. 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:

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

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

c. 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) Registration Fee

No fee will be charged for the application of the 7th CSFF International Short Film Screening.

(4) Contact Method

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

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

 

 

4. International Short Film Screening Schedule

(1) Works Viewing at International Short Film Online Trading Platform

Chinese and international short film creators, copyright owners, and film and television organizations may log on to CSFF official website (http://www.csff.online) and register an account for submitting entries. All qualified short film entries will be played on the online trading platform for 9 months, during which all registered guests of the 7th CSFF may log in to the platform to view all the submitted entries, search entry information, or submit applications to buy or sell copyright.

Duration: April 1st, 2016 - December 30th, 2016

International Short Film Online Trading Platform: http://www.csff.online

 

 

 

(2) International Short Film Screening

The CSFF Organizing Committee will set up the International Selection Jury Panel constituted by 15 Chinese or international leading figures, experts, scholars, directors, actors, and movie critics in the film and television industry. The selection jury panel will closely review all entries and carefully select the top 20 short films of three styles, namely, drama short film, documentary short film, and animated short film. The International Short Film Screening will be held in the cinema, square, and campus in every district of Shenzhen from November 26th, 2016 to November 30th, 2016, by which time the directors or copyright owners of the exhibited short films will join the on-site interaction activities with audience and compete for the "CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program".

Time: November 26th, 2016 (Saturday) – November 30th, 2016 (Wednesday)

Venue: Cinema, square, or campus in Luohu, Longgang, Futian, Yantian, Nanshan, and Bao'an Districts                     and Guangming, Longhua, Dapeng, and Pingshan New Districts in Shenzhen

 

5. CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program

To discover and support film and television talents as well as inspire short film creators worldwide, the 7th CSFF Organizing Committee initiated the "CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program" with a total accelerator fund of RMB 1 million. The 7th CSFF Organizing Committee will set up the International Selection Jury Panel constituted by 15 members to pick out five outstanding directors through online review at the International Short Film Online Trading Platform and jury panel selection meetings. Five directors will receive the awards of Best Director, Best Director for Feature Short Film, Best Director for Documentary Short Film, Best Director for Animation Short Film, and Best College Student Director of Short Film respectively. The selected directors will be funded for their next works and granted priorities of in signing contracts in the International Short Film Market. The Selected Directors for CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program will be announced at the 7th CSFF Launching Ceremony on November 25th, 2016.

 

Detailed election methods of the CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program are as follows:

(1) 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, actors, and movie critics in the film and television industry. The selection jury panel will select five outstanding directors for the CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program after reviewing all the entries.

(2) Online Reviewing of Short Film Jury

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

(3) Meeting of the International Selection Jury Panel

 a. The first review meeting of the selection jury panel

         The 15-member selection jury panel will convene a shortlist review meeting on September 10th, 2016 to select the final-listed 20 short films for International Short Film Screening by vote.

 b. The second meeting of the selection jury panel

         The selection jury panel will hold the second meeting on November 24th, 2016 to comprehensively evaluate the 20 nominated short films and select five listed outstanding directors for the CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program by vote. The selected directors will receive funds for their next works and other support from the CSFF Organizing Committee.

 

6. Announcement of the Shortlisted Entries for the International Short Film Screening and the Selected Directors for the CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program

The announcement released by CSFF Organizing Committee shall be final and the CSFF official website (http://www.csff.online) is the only release platform recognized by CSFF Organizing Committee for the announcement of Shortlisted Entries for the International Short Film Screening. The Selected Directors for CSFF Short Film Creation Accelerator Program will be revealed at the 7th CSFF launching Ceremony on November 25th, 2016.

 

7. Entry Information Publishing

By submitting entries, the applicants agree to authorize the CSFF Organizing Committee to publish the descriptions, stage photos, images of the major contributors, and other information regarding the entries on newspaper, television, network, mobile phone media, advertising prints, publications, and the CSFF official website (http://www.csff.online). For related information, please refer to the International Short Film Screening Exhibition Registration Form signed by each applicant. Entry information can not be modified once published.

 

8. Copyrights of the Entries

All entries must be created by the applicants themselves. If there is any co-author, he/she may register jointly with the applicant or authorize the applicant to use his/her part of the copyright. All applicants must guarantee that they own the copyrights completely and have acquired the copyrights or authorized use of the music and original scripts adopted in the entries. Any legal liability arising from copyright issues shall be assumed solely by the applicants. For any dispute or controversy related to the entries, the CSFF Organizing Committee reserves the right of disqualifying the applicants and requesting the return of the awards.

 

9. Publicity Permit of the Entries

All applicants shall agree to authorize the CSFF Organizing Committee to edit their entries and the duration of video clips shall not exceed 15% of full length of the works and is 3 minutes at maximum. In addition, as part of the current or future publicity of CSFF, the works and their video clips may be used in the cinemas, TV channels, Internet, mobile TVs and other public activities. The authorized term of use of short film clips is one year at default. Upon the 1-year expiration, the term of use of the same shall be deemed to be automatically extended for another year if there is no special statement.

 

10. Retrieve of the Entries

By submitting the entries, all applicants agree to all the terms and conditions specified in the announcement. Any entries included in the selection stage should not be retrieved for any cause whatsoever.

 

11. Screening of the Shortlisted Short Films

The 7th CSFF Organizing Committee will arrange the shortlisted entries to be exhibited at specified TV channels, websites, mobile TV channels, China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF), cinemas, universities, squares and other public sites. Therefore, all applicants should actively cooperate with the CSFF Organizing Committee by providing works with high-quality visual and audio effect. Formats may be MP4 (1080i of PAL standard or 720p HD), MOV, AVI, or MPG. It is recommended to use a PAL DVD as the storage media.

 

12. Disclaimer of Mailing

The CSFF Organizing Committee shall not bear any cost for the mailing or insurance fee of the entries or assume any liability incurred by the damage to or loss of the entries due to a force majeure event occurred during the mail transportation. Please note that all entry DVDs and related materials will not be returned to the applicants. Therefore, all applicants shall prepare a back-up of their works.

 

13. Invitation

The CSFF Organizing Committee will invite the shortlisted directors or other contributors of the shortlisted entries for the International Short Film Screening to attend the 7th CSFF Launching Ceremony on November 25th, 2016 and other activities. The Organizing Committee will pay for lodging and meals during the activities and assume part of their transportation cost. One director or major contributor will be invited for each shortlisted short film. If the shortlisted entry is jointly created by multiple directors, only one of them will be invited. The invitation is only valid for the recipient only.

 

14. Handling of Unexpected Situations or Disputes

In case of any litigation initiated during the 7th CSFF, it should be settled by the Shenzhen Municipal Court in Guangdong Province, China.

 

15. Others

The CSFF Organizing Committee is entitled to modify the terms and conditions set out in or other rules related to the announcement.

 

By submitting the registration form, all applicants agree to accept the terms and conditions set forth in this announcement. The producers, publishers, and related organizations of the submitted entries are obliged to ensure the legality of the short films and the truthfulness of the data information. In the event that the submitted materials are not consistent with actual conditions, the Organizing Committee is entitled to disqualify the applicants.

 

16. Right to Interpretation 

The CSFF Organizing Committee reserves the final right to construe and interpret the announcement.

 

Note: The 7th CSFF International Short Film Screening Registration Form could be downloaded at “service – download” of official website.

 

 Organizing Committee of

China International New Media Short Film Festival

                     March 1st, 2016

 

 
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