The 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival Competition Regulation
Chapter 1 General Rule
1.1 Competition Purpose: Ningbo Short Film Festival ( NSFF ) ischaracterized by "Internationalization, Specialization and Industrialization”; It aims to discover high-quality films from multiple levels and perspectives, promotes international communication and cooperation, provides fair competitions, commends excellent works and creative teams, and enriches the reserve of film talents.
1.2 Competition Period: The competition starts from 20th October 2020 and ends at 24:00 20th November 2020, Beijing Time.
1.3 Competition Qualification: The participants of the 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival ( NSFF ) Competition should be the creators who own the copyright of the works or their authorized representatives, regardless of nationality.
1.4 Competition Registration and Fees: No registration fees will be charged for this competition. You can sign up by the following three official channels:
Channel 1: Follow the WeChat account “wdy0574” and reply “Tou Pian” (投片) for registration information.
Channel 2: Send “Tou Pian” (投片) to this competition’s designatedemail address email@example.com for registration information.
Channel 3: Send “Tou Pian” (投片) to the competition’s official SinaWeibo “Ningbo Short Film Festival ( NSFF )” (宁波国际微电影节) for registration information.
Chapter 2: Units and Awards
1.1 Units: The 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival sets up three competition units and call for works from all over the world: Short Film Unit, Short Video Unit, and The Script Unit.
a. Short Film Unit：This unit is available for global recruiting withoutrestriction to the theme of the short film. The entries shall be original and in accordance with the requirements listed in “Chapter 1 General Rule--1.3 Competition Qualification”. The time limit shall not exceed 30 minutes (including the beginning and the ending of the short film).
b. Short Video Unit: Entries of this unit shall stick to the theme of“Introducing China to the World, Introducing Ningbo to China”. This unit is open for online recruiting. The entries shall be in accordance with the requirements listed in “Chapter 1 General Rule--1.3 Competition Qualification” and the time limit shall not exceed 8 minutes (including the beginning and the ending of the short video). The types of entries include drama, documentary, vlog, and other forms, but exclude the segments of long feature film and advertising film. There is no restriction to photographic devices. This unit adopts tournament mode, which includes "Preliminary Appraisal (individual work submission) -- Selection (selection of 20 teams or individuals) -- Proposition Creation (creation supported by bonus) – Investment and Exhibition”.
c. The Script Unit: This unit is open for online recruiting with no restriction to the theme of the scripts. Scripts in the theme of“Introducing China to the World, Introducing Ningbo to China” shall be given priority. Creators shall submit the script outline within 2000 words and conduct the roadshow for investment (the form of the roadshow will be further notified).
1.2 Awards and Bonus
Chapter 3 Registration Requirement
3.1 Format Requirement: The resolution of entries shall be above 1080P HD, output from the original film with no additional watermark. The format of entries only can be mp4, mpg, or mov. The code stream do not exceed 30M. Domestic Short Films shall have both Chinese and English subtitles while International Short Films should have either Chinese or English subtitle or both. Entries for the Short Video Unit have both Chinese and English subtitles. Entries for The Script Unit shall submit the script outline within 2000 words (the form of the roadshow will be further notified).
3.2 Work Requirement: This festival works shall be completed on or after 1st June 2018. All entries are required to be original, novel and creative in theme, ingeniously conceived, positive, and in accordance with Chinese national laws, regulations and copyright requirements. Participants can submit multiple works, but one work can only be submitted to one unit.
3.3 Additional Materials: The materials for the Short Video Unit include Application Form, Authorization Form and poster; The materials for the Short Film Unit include Application Form, Authorization Form, poster and advertising video in high definition (previewed video, shooting sidelight, etc.).
a. The Application Form should be submitted in both PDF version and Word version;
b. The Authorization Form and Copyright Statement shall be completed with handwritten signature and official seal from the unit. They shall be submitted in the form of either scanning copy or electronic picture.
c. Posters and advertising videos are also required. The poster should be submitted in JPG format, with both horizontal and vertical version. The advertising video shall be submitted in the format of either mp4, mpg or mov and the time limit shall not exceed 2 minutes.
3.4 Copyright Information: Participants must ensure that the music, sound, image, text and other materials used in the work are original or have obtained authorization from the original rightsholder. The recording materials shall obtain the portrait right of the photographed and their permission to be photographed. In case of any legal dispute caused by the entries, the legalliability shall beborne by theparticipants. In case of copyright or portrait infringement, the Committee has the right to reject relevant entries.
Chapter 4 Evaluation Process
Entries will be selected by the Film Selection Team. The shortlisted films and winning films will be decided by the Review Committee.
4.1 Film Selection Team: The film selectors are composed of the founders and curators of domestic and international short film festivals, experts and scholars engaged in film and television research, teaching and distribution, presidents of domestic short film associations and other professions. Films selected by designated domestic and oversea film selectors can directly enter the 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival, and these films shall be given priority to enter the exhibition unit. Film selectors will evaluate the works from the competition’s official mailbox and the selected films will enter the evaluation process of the Review Committee.
4.2 Review Committee: The Review Committee will decide the shortlisted films and the winning films from the selected film list. The final results will be announced at the Award Ceremony.
Chapter 5 Exhibition Rule
The 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival is in line with the international standards and takes the lead in launching a paid film exhibition system in China. The Committee will pay exhibition fees to the creators of the selected films. This creatively changes the original practice of free watching short films for free by displaying outstanding entries in cinemas and other offline places, so as to gradually cultivate the audience’s habit of paying for short films.
5.1 Exhibition Version
a. Participants shall return their Offline Exhibition Invitation Letter to the Committee within 3 working days after receiving the e-invitation letter from the Committee. The film shall not be withdrawn for any reason once the exhibition invitation is confirmed. If participants withdraw the film, they shall bear all economic losses and reputation losses of the Committee;
b. The official version of the films selected for exhibition must be consistent with the reviewed version.
5.2 Information Use: For the films selected for exhibition, the information related to the works involved in the online Application Form and the material sending process will be presented in the Festival Handbook, official website, online and offline media publicities (excluding personal private information such as certificates and contact information). The Committee has the right to edit and publicly use the film information presented by the official channels of the film exhibition. If there is any missing information or materials in the application stage, all materials should be supplemented in the exhibition stage.
5.3 Attendance: For the films selected for the exhibition, the Committee encourages the main creators to attend the exhibition. Creators willing to carry out the sharing meeting can contact the Committee for further information. The transportation and accommodation of the participants willbe taken care ofby themselveswith the assistance ofthe Committee.
5.4 Exhibition Schedule and Expenses
a. At least 2 public exhibitions will be held during the exhibition period for films selected for offline exhibition. The date, time and venue of offline exhibition will be determined by the Committee.
b. The Committee will pay for the exhibition: Domestic films (100RMB / 2shows), International films (14 US dollars / 2 shows). Payment shall be made on a year-on-year basis. Chapter
6 Supplementary Provisions
Those who sign up for the 5th Ningbo Short Film Festival will be deemed to recognize and accept this regulation. Participants have the obligation to ensure the legality of the film submitted to Ningbo Short Film Festival ( NSFF ). The Committee reserves the final interpretation right of thisregulation.
Chapter 7 Contact information
Official E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: Ningbo TV station, No. 599, South Section of Huancheng West Road, Haishu District, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province
Addressee: Ningbo Short Film Festival Committee
Contact Number: +86-574-56111319、+86-574-56111406
WeChat Account: wdy0574
Sina Weibo: Ningbo International Short Film Festival