Our new partner 2023 30°Ningbo Short Film Festival is currently calling for submissions from around the world. We recommend UK based filmmakers to submit their works and to embrace this opportunity for an international exposure.


Where is Ningbo?

Living in Ningbo

Ningbo, a major port and industrial hub in east China’s Zhejiang province, lies south of Shanghai on Hangzhou Bay. It’s home to the 1516 landmark Tian Yi Ge, one of the country’s oldest libraries. Exhibiting regional artifacts dating to the Neolithic Hemudu culture, Ningbo Museum is renowned for its nature-inspired architectural design. Tianyi Square, featuring a musical fountain, is bounded by shopping arcades.


Chapter 1: About the Competition

In order to be in line with the international standard, and better fit the international short film competition positioning, “Ningbo Short Film Festival” is officially renamed as “30°Ningbo Short Film Festival”, abbreviated as 30°NSFF.

Competition Period

The competition starts from 10 August 2023 to 15 September 2023.

Competition Qualification

The participants of 30°Ningbo Short Film Festival (30°NSFF) Competition should be the creators who own the copyright of the works or their authorized representatives, regardless of nationality.

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”  for registration information.

Channel 2: Send “Tou Pian” to this competition’s designated email address nsff2023@163.com for registration information.

Channel 3: Visit the website at www.nbfestival.com for registration information.


Chapter 2: Competition Units and Awards

a. Short Film Unit:

This unit is available for global recruiting without restriction to the theme of the short film. The time limit shall not exceed 30 minutes (including the beginning and the ending 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 genres include feature short film, documentary short film, experimental short film, and animated short film. The “Best Student Work Award” in Ningbo is specially set to encourage local creation and the growth of the student-led creative teams.


1. The creator should be a student studying in Ningbo. And it is required that the student’s school is within the Ningbo city, with no household registration requirement. If the entry is a joint creation, only one of the core creators need to meet this requirement;

2. The entry must be created during the creator’s student period and meet the production period of the entry;

3. The entry theme, the entry length, and the method of submission all refer to the conditions listed in the overall rules of this competition;

4. The contestant must have the complete copyright of the entry, such as co-directed works. Do not accept more than one director to submit separately; such as copyright issues caused by the dispute, the relevant consequences borne by the contestant.


2.2 Awards and Bonus (divided by 9 in £)

Awards Bonus (tax included)
Best Short Film Golden Snail Award 60,000 RMB
Special Jury Award 20,000 RMB
Best Foreign Language Film Award 10,000 RMB
Best Short Documentary Film Award 10,000 RMB
Best Short Experimental Film Award 10,000 RMB
Best Short Animated Film Award 10,000 RMB
Best Student Work Award

(Ningbo Area only)

10,000 RMB
Best Director Award 20,000 RMB
Best Screenplay Award 10,000 RMB
Best Cinematography Award 10,000 RMB
Best Editor Award 10,000 RMB
Best Actor Award 10,000 RMB
Best Actress Award 10,000 RMB


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.

3.2 Work Requirement:

This festival works shall be completed on or after 1st June 2021. 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.

3.3 Additional Materials:

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.


Pack the above materials and works in a unified package and send the link to the official email address: nsff2023@163.com (subject attached: type of work + name of work + name of creators + contact information).


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 rights-holder. 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 legal liability shall be borne by the participants. In case of copyright or portrait infringement, the Committee has the right to reject relevant entries.


Chapter 4: Supplementary Provisions

Those who sign up for the 2023 30°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 30°Ningbo Short Film Festival. The Committee reserves the final interpretation right of this regulation.


Chapter 5: Contact information

Official E-mail Address: nsff2023@163.com

Contact Number: 0574-56116779

Website: www.nbfestival.com



University of Nottingham Ningbo China – BritCham Shanghai

Nottingham University’s 140 acre Ningbo campus in China was opened to students in 2004  and was officially opened by John Prescott, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, in February 2006.

Like the Malaysia Campus, Ningbo Campus builds on the attributes of University Park in the UK and includes a lake and its own version of Nottingham’s famous Trent Building.