About SHQFF Shorts
As an integral part of SHQFF, the Short Film Competition was created to showcase new and emerging filmmakers, especially those from Asia. Over the years we have received over 1000 works from over 60 countries and regions, and the finalists screened at the festival received positive audience responses.
In 2018, SHQFF’s Short Film Competition was renamed ‘SHQFF Shorts’. It includes two categories: Asian Short Film Competition, and World Short Film Screening. With the goal to fully represent Asian queer films while increasing the diversity of our programming, we create such parallel platforms to screen films from Asia and worldwide, and to bring more quality content to our local audience.
2021 Short Film Competition
This year, the Asian Short Film Competition will continue to offer six awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Grand Jury Award. Films chosen for the World Short Film Screening will not be judged or awarded but instead will be screened as part of our official selection during the festival.
The applicant must be the owner/copyright holder/accredited sales agent of the submitted film and have properly acquired relevant permissions for any copyrighted materials used.
Films that have been broadcast on television, a public internet screening platform, or have had an international theatrical release prior to SHQFF 2021 are NOT eligible for Short Film Division.
All films submitted must have a running time of 40 minutes or less.
Films may be in any language but must include either Chinese or English subtitles.
All films must be submitted before July 31, 2021, and have been produced after March 1, 2020.
There is a 1 USD submission fee for each submitted film.
All films should focus on LGBTQIA+ themes and/or include LGBTQIA characters.
SHQFF Shorts, the short film division contains two categories: the Asian Short Film Competition and the World Short Film Screening. Films submitted to the Asian Short Film Competition must be relevant to Asia, such as the story taking place in Asia or having an Asian lead character. (‘Asian’ may be interpreted as a national, cultural or ethnic identity.) Films that do not meet the above requirements should be submitted to the World Short Film Screening category.
There are six awards for films participating in the Asian Short Film Competition:
2021年上海酷儿影展最佳影片 SHQFF 2021 Best Film
2021年上海酷儿影展最佳导演 SHQFF 2021 Best Director
2021年上海酷儿影展最佳摄影 SHQFF 2021 Best Cinematography
2021年上海酷儿影展最佳剧本 SHQFF 2021 Best Screenplay
2021年上海酷儿影展最佳演员 SHQFF 2021 Best Actor
2021年上海酷儿影展评审团大奖 SHQFF 2021 Grand Jury Award
There is NO award for films selected in the World Short Film Screening. Films selected in this category are only for the official screening.
Selected film submissions in all categories will be notified by September 15, 2021. Award winners for the Asian Short Film Competition will be announced during the 2021 Shanghai Queer Film Festival.
Shanghai Queer Film Festival (SHQFF) may screen the film publicly as part of its program and in conjunction with other events. In addition, SHQFF is granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes, and without limitation as to time in all media including but not limited to internet and television broadcast.
Applicants will provide full production details and publicity stills, press kits, and posters on request.
The cost of shipping an entry must be paid by the applicants. Submissions received with incorrect postage or that incur postage charges may not be accepted.
Film print and other film materials will be handled with the utmost care. However, neither the SHQFF staff nor the staff from the supporting theatre organizations can assume responsibility for damages or loss of the print and other film materials, en route or otherwise, while in the possession of festival staff.
Filmmakers attending the awards ceremony are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and all other expenses.
Filmmakers whose works have been accepted into SHQFF will be given a FREE PASS to attend the opening night event as well as all other events.
All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the Shanghai Queer Film Festival, without notice.
All films should be submitted digitally in 1080P resolution, MP4 format. The file must be less than 2G.
Films may be submitted by uploading the film to one of the following websites and providing the link for the film in the submission form.
Vimeo – 如设有保护,请提供密码。须开启下载功能。
Vimeo – Please provide a password if protected. Downloading must be enabled
QQ/百度云盘 – 请提供密码。
QQ / Baidu Cloud – Please provide a password.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
When completing the film submission form, you must agree to all terms, conditions and guidelines as outlined above. All submissions must be received no later than July 31, 2021.
你可以通过以下两种方式投片; Shanghai Queer Film Festival accepts entries either on: