International Film Panorama regulations

Article 1
This Regulation is drawn to cover participation in competitions for International Panorama of the Festival.

Article 2
Shanghai International Film Festival was ratified by the State Council of China, and is one of the FIAPF-accredited competitive feature film festivals throughout the world. The Festival focuses on multi-layer and multi-angle exploration of new directors. Its aim is to reveal films of quality in order to enhance exchange and cooperation between China and the rest of the world.

Article 3
Shanghai International Film Festival is held in June every year. The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival will be held from Saturday June 17 to Monday June 26, 2017.

Article 4
The Festival chooses and invites the films which will be presented in panorama.

The feature length films that meet the following conditions may be chosen for invitation in Panorama (except for tribute or retrospective);
1) Film that has been completed after January 1, 2016;
2) The minimum running time is 70 minutes;
3) Format: 35 mm film print or DCP

Article 5
In order to be eligible for selection, a film must be submitted to the festival no later than April 15, 2017. We require DVD screener for preview to be sent to the following address by the above deadline:
Shanghai International Film Festival
20th Floor, 211 Kang Ding Road
Shanghai 200041, China

Contacts of fiction submission
• MAO Liyun - Europe
Tel: 86-21-22009856
• WANG Xiao – Asia & Pacific (excluding Mainland China, HK, Taiwan, Macau)
Tel: 86-21-22009850
• WU Jueren – Mainland China, HK, Taiwan, Macau
Tel: 86-21- 22009864
• Jasmin GU – America & Africa
Tel: 86-21- 22009855
Contact of documentary submission
Emma XU
Tel: 86-21- 22009866
Contact of animation submission
Mavis YAN
Tel: 86-21- 22009861
In the meantime, online film submission at is necessarily requested.

Article 6
More documentation on each selected film including film stills, photo of director for catalogue uses, as well as English subtitled/dialogue list, poster and film trailer, must reach the Festival before April 30, 2017.

35 mm film prints/DCP of the selected films must reach the Festival before May 31, 2017. It is obligatory for the participant to follow the shipping instructions which accompany notification of film selection into the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Article 7
No film selected may be withdrawn for any reason from the Festival once its participation has been officially confirmed by the film sender. During the entire Festival, none of the films selected may be shown outside the Festival's official theaters before its official presentation.

Article 8
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 print or digital film. 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.

Article 9
Lenders of the selected films are required to deliver films complying with the specifications for digital cinema copy used by the festival.

Article 10
All expenses for the transport of preview screener to the Festival, including custom fees and insurance of prints/DCPs or DVD screeners, are the entire responsibility of the producers or print lenders.

The Festival covers inbound shipping and insurance fee, and pays for the insurance and storage during the period from the receipt of the prints/DCPs to the return of the prints/DCPs to the Forwarding Agent. The Festival is not responsible for the costs of storage and customs of prints when they are shipped out to the airport of destination port after the Festival.

In case of damage to or loss of prints during the period from the receipt of the prints/DCPs to the delivery of prints/DCPs by the Forwarding Agent, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new print/DCP according to the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print.

Article 11
All the film prints/DCPs must be addressed as follows:

Shanghai Expotrans Ltd.
c/o Shanghai International Film Festival
449 Bao Tong Road
Shanghai 200071, CHINA
Tel: 86-21-60131818  

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.

Prints/DCPs will be returned to the address indicated by the producers or film lenders within two weeks of the end of the Festival.

Article 12
The director or one from the main crew of the selected films will be invited to attend the Shanghai International Film Festival. Detailed offerings will be indicated in the invitation separately.

Article 13
The Festival maintains the right to decide all cases not provided in these Regulations, taking into account the clauses of the FIAPF International Regulations.

Article 14
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.