Project Horizon

Please read this document carefully before submitting your work and contact the festival committee if there are any questions. Applicants who complete the registration process implicitly agree to the rules and terms outlined within this document. CineCina Short Films Awards Committee reserves the rights to make final decisions and interpretations for the cases not described clearly below.

All Submitted Materials Must Adhere to the Following Requirements:

I. General Requirements 

1. The work must be entirely original. Any plagiarism will result in disqualification; 
2. There is no restriction on the theme or format of the submission. Submissions may include but are not limited to narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films. However, the contents must not violate any law of the United States of America; 
3. All the applicants should be directly contactable by the CineCina organizers and able to reply within 48 hours; 
4. Applicants must hold the film’s copyright or have proof that they are authorized to promote, screen, and participate in related activities at this festival; 
5. Applicants have the obligation to ensure the legal status of the film itself. In the event of a legal dispute (e.g., any copyright infringement including but not limited to the rights to music, stills, or videos featured in the submission) before, during, or after the film festival, the applicant will assume full legal responsibility and bear all costs related to the dispute (including attorney and court fees).

II. Eligibility Requirements 

1. CineCina’s definition of a short film is 30 minutes or less; 
2. The entry must be a motion picture, with the completion date no earlier than January 1, 2018; 
3. Every applicant may submit no more than three films (not including the representative of an agency or a company). 
4. Each film can only be submitted to one category. 
5. The film has not been released or distributed (including online distribution) in any area and will not be released in full on any other online platform during CineCina Film Festival: The Road; 
6. All submissions are required to have the embedded English subtitles, costs of subtitling to be covered by the applicants.

III. Registration and Competition Schedule 

Early bird Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019 (Entry fee: $40 for Horizon awards; $50 for Initiative Project) 
Standard Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019 (Entry fee: $60 for Horizon awards; $70 for Initiative Project) 
Extended Submission Deadline: September 20, 2019 (Entry fee: $80 for Horizon awards; $90 for Initiative Project) 
Notification date: September 30, 2019 
Finalists Announcement: October 15, 2019 
Winners Announcement: October 25, 2019

Note: All materials must be received by the committee by the submission deadline above (11 pm ETS ).

IV. Categories 

1. The main competition has subcategories include: 
Narrative Short Film 
Experimental/Animation Short Film 
Documentary Short Film 
2. Additional Requirements for Materials Submitted CineCina Initiative Project 
– There is no restriction on the theme or genre of the initiative materials. 
– Submissions may include: descriptions of the storyline (English), Shot lists, scripts, video materials (short clips or trailer), the introduction of the director (English), photos of the director, film stills, posters 

V. Submission Guidelines 

1. Read Rules and Regulations, if you have any question, please contact the festival committee. (Contact: 
2. Complete the Online Submission through FilmFreeway ( 
3. All materials submitted by applicants are non-returnable, please be sure to retain the original; 
4. Once successfully submitted works, in principle, the organizing committee is no longer accepting new versions, if there are significant changes in registration information, please contact the organizing committee; 
5. The festival will be set up promotional pages and hashtags on social media platforms to introduce CineCina’s participants and their works, online interaction with the audience are welcomed. 

VI. Programming and Selection 

1. Initial Review: The festival organizing committee will conduct a preliminary selection and classification of all entries, filtering out those films, which do not meet the festival’s requirements. 
2. Nomination progress: The first round of nominated films will be deliberated and selected by CineCina committee; 
3. All the nominated films will have the chance to be taken on a road show in collaborated film schools including Columbia SOA, NYU Tisch, SVA, Yale, etc. The organizing committee will hand out ballots to the audience before every screening, and collect the votes after every screening. 
4. After collecting the jury’s scores, awardees and selected nominated films will be put on the big screens with other feature films at CineCina Film Festival: The Road in October. 
5. Q&A sessions are eligible for filmmakers who are can participate in the CineCina Film Festival: The Road in October. 

VII. Awards 

1. All awardees will be announced at the Screening Session of Project Horizon. 
2. Prizes will be distributed to winners within 6-8 weeks after the closing of the festival. 
3. Winners will receive a trophy, more details will be announced in the future. 
4. Please refer to the following table for each award in all categories, the organizing committee will adjust and revise the awards based on participating films in each category, and announce the updates along with the finalists. 
* The festival committee has the final rights to alter the awards and competition categories.

VIII. Authorization 

1. The finalists are required to authorize the committee to use clips from the film (no more than 3 minutes) and related information (including screenshots, posters, stills, abstract, trailers, etc. ) on the festival’s official website, radio, television, print media, social media, and other forms of media used to promote the festival; 
2. Once the applicants accept the festival nomination they may not withdraw from the competition, finalists are required to give the programming committee the rights to screen the film at least one time in the New York metro area. 
3. The nominated director (producer, or another designated representative from the production team) will be invited to New York to attend a 15-day festival and other related activities including a post-screening Q&A with the audience and filmmakers’ forum and discussion panel. Finalists are independently responsible for obtaining a visa for travel to the U.S. and travel insurance.