The competition’s mission is to open doors to all US-based contestants of any nationality, to create compelling cinematic stories centered around Beijing and its rich, multifaceted culture. In doing so, we hope to foster artistic collaboration between China and the US.
As the first of its kind, this groundbreaking initiative will set a new model for future culturally collaborative events.
The high-profile nature of this competition provides an unprecedented opportunity for gifted US-based writers, and we anticipate strong attention to the competition in both countries.
The competition offers US writers a unique opportunity to obtain international recognition. There is no entry fee! Don’t miss out submit now!
Vice mayor of Beijing, Mr. Wei Lu serves as the competition’s honorary president.
Feature Film Competition
Please note: This information on applying to the Feature Film Competition and about its Prizes, and the FAQ below are provided solely as a courtesy for prospective contest participants and is not intended to, and will not, modify or amend the Official Rules. Please make sure you read the Official Rules carefully as they alone govern this contest. We may update this information on Applying and the FAQ from time to time.
YOU COULD WIN A WEEK IN BEIJING!
Submit a 5-11 page proposal for a feature film set in Beijing by April 7th, 2013. FIVE winners will get an expense-paid week in Beijing plus $1,000. Plus–the FIVE winners will have the opportunity to compete for a $15,000 Grand Prize for a completed screenplay!
Short Film Competition
Submit early–100 Early Bird Prizes, each consisting of a $100 AMC Theater Gift Card, will be awarded to Short Film submissions received by March 29, 2013!
Please note: This information on applying to the Short Film Competition and about its Prizes, and the FAQ below, are provided solely as a courtesy for prospective contest participants and is not intended to, and will not, modify or amend the Official Rules. Please make sure you read the Official Rules carefully as they alone govern this contest. We may update this information on Applying and on the Prizes and the FAQ from time to time.
YOU COULD WIN A WEEK IN BEIJING!
Submit a 3-11 page script for a short film set in Beijing by April 20th, 2013. TEN winners will receive an expense-paid week in Beijing. SEVEN of the winners will have their short films financed for production in Beijing. Plus Early Bird Awards — 100 Gift Cards for $100 each will be awarded to winners chosen among screenplays submitted by March 29!
Prizes & Awards
Prizes & Awards
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I write with a writing partner. Are collaborations accepted in these competitions?
No, every proposal and screenplay must be the work of a single writer. Collaborations are not eligible.
What should I put in my synopsis?
The synopsis is purely for administrative purposes. If, for example, in the midst of judging, a judge asks “What was that submission about the bicycle repairman who wants to open a restaurant?”, the synopsis should make it easy to locate that submission without having to read through a whole pile of submissions from end to end. That’s all it’s for, so put your energy into the submission itself, not the synopsis. A few sentences making it easy to identify your submission is all that’s needed for the synopsis. You can see a sample synopsis at the end of FAQ section.
I’m entering the Short Film Contest. How should I format my screenplay?
You can find a good simple guide to screenplay format at the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, at http://www.oscars.org/awards/
I’m submitting to the Feature Film Competition. What format should I use for my proposal?
We want writers to have the flexibility to communicate their visions for the films in whatever way they feel will be most effective. For some writers, this will be a standard short treatment format. Other writers may want to think of their proposals more informally as “pitches”–perhaps a page and a half telling the story, a page or two about the characters, something about the background. We do ask that your proposal convey a sense of the complete story–beginning, middle, and end. And we strongly encourage including some sample dialog, either integrated into the story or as a section of its own. Your proposal can be as short as 5 pages or as long as 11 pages (6 to 12 total when you count in the cover page with synopsis)–whatever length lets you best communicate your vision is the “right” length.
I have several great ideas. Can I enter more than one submission?
Yes, we’re happy to take multiple submissions. Just be sure to do a separate submission for each idea–if you try lump them all together into one submission, the judges will get confused!
I can’t find the entry fee in the rules! How much do I have to pay to enter?
The reason you can’t find it, is that there is NO entry fee for this competition!
How are the submissions evaluated?
All submissions are evaluated based on:
Potential audience appeal;
Quality of writing; and
Must Beijing be the ONLY location in my Feature Film Proposal or Short Film Screenplay?
No–Beijing does not need to be the ONLY location. But it does need to be an IMPORTANT location in your proposal or screenplay.
I’m an international student, studying in the U.S. Your rules say that the contest is open only to “legal residents”. I don’t have a green card. Am I eligible to enter?
YES! For purposes of our competition, “legal resident of the U.S.” means anyone who is legally living in the U.S, such as foreign students who are studying in the U.S. We look forward to receiving your submission!
I’d like to do a contest submission based on a published short story by another writer, for which I’ve purchased the film rights. Will this be eligible?
No. Proposals or screenplays based on a story or novel by another writer are not eligible, even if you have purchased the rights.
I am enrolled as a full-time student. However, I’ve taken this semester off. Am I eligible for the Short Film competition?
Yes! For purposes of this Competition, if you’re enrolled as a full-time student, even if you’re taking this semester, or even the whole year, off, we will regard you as a currently enrolled full-time student, and you are welcome to enter the Short Film Competition. We look forward to your submission.
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