CSFF Mountain Film Unit (6)


24 Sep 2020
Call for entries

01 Nov 2020
Final deadline


01 Dec 2021
Notification date

15 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021


Renmin South Road,  518001, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Festival description
Mountain Films
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 September 2017
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
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Festival start: 15 January 2021      Festival end: 17 January 2021

China International New Media Short Film Festival Mountain Film Unit (CSFF Mountain Film Unit), previously known as "Nanshan International Mountain Film Festival" (NIMFF)is the first professional mountain film competition in China. During the past five years, CSFF Mountain Film Unit has discovered and awarded a great variety of domestic mountain films and filmmakers. Each year, two excellent works were selected and sent to Kendal Mountain Festival for competition, presenting the unique beauty of Chinese mountain films to the world. Screenings in collaboration with National Geographic, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Bilibili, etc. and sharing sessions from distinguished mountain film directors have always been a feast for the eyes to Chinese mountain filmmakers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. This year, CSFF Mountain Film Unit has teamed up with “China International New Media Short Film Festival” and upgraded to “CSFF Mountain Film Unit”, officially becoming a world-class film competition. Submissions from different countries, areas and cultures are all welcome. CSFF Mountain Film Unit keeps close cooperation with renowned international mountain film festivals and other premium partners, and will continue to nurture outstanding mountain filmmakers in the hope of advancing the development of Chinese mountain films and outdoor sports. Meanwhile, CSFF Mountain Film Unit aspires to facilitate international communications and the exchange of mountain films on a global scale, and build a platform for integrating outdoor sports and filmmaking.

CSFF Mountain Film Unit has 10 major awards with prizes up to $44,000 overall, including the Grand Prize, the Best Visual Award, the Best Short Mountain Film Award, the Best Adventure Spirit Award, the Best Creative Award, the Best Editing Award, the Best New Generation Outdoor Award, Special Jury Award, etc.. Customized trophies and cash prizes will be issued by the committee

I. Films made after September 24 2017 are eligible for entry. There are no restrictions in terms of genre, length and formats. Films can be related to outdoor sports and expeditions, including but not limited to: climbing, cycling, diving, rowing, skiing, etc.. Please note: brand exposure is allowed, but commercials are not accepted;

II. The following must be submitted, otherwise the entry will not be eligible:

1. The scanned copy of completed and signed entry form, download link:

2. 1 Film poster, 1-3 film stills, and 1 photo of the director or a representative of the production team;

3. Film trailers: please provide three different lengths -15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1 minute;

4. Entry film: please provide a high-definition version for playing and screening;

5. Subtitles: Films in any language other than Chinese must have full English subtitles (SRT or ASS format), and separate subtitle texts (word file or txt file) for future translation; Chinese films must have Chinese and English subtitles.

Please note that we may use your materials for promotional purposes.

III. By entering CSFF Mountain Film Unit, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all rules and regulations of CSFF Mountain Film Unit;

IV. All entries are likely to be screened during the festival and on multiple platforms, including television. If your film is selected for other uses other than CSFF Mountain Film Unit competition and screenings, CSFF Mountain Film Unit committee will contact you to arrange a separate authorization agreement;

V. No entry fee is collected;

VI. The entrant must own all rights, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, or has obtained the permissions from the copyright holders. The film has to be free of copyright disputes;

VII. All music licenses, font licenses, etc. must have been obtained and payment has been made. If any disputes regarding the copyright of the film occur, the entrant shall take full responsibility for all infringement liabilities and compensation for damages;

VIII. All entries will be viewed and judged by a panel of at least 6 experts in outdoor sports or filmmaking. Approximately 20 films will enter the final competition. Representatives or production teams of these 20 films will be invited to Shenzhen to participate in the festival activities and the award ceremony. CSFF Mountain Film Unit committee will cover the round-trip flights and accommodation expenses of 1 representative each film. Other members need to take care of their own expenses (due to COVID-19, the festival may move online);

IX. CSFF Mountain Film Unit committee may add or deduct awards according to the situation. If less than 3 films get nominated for the same award, the award will be cancelled; if more than 3 films are categorized as the same, a new award may be established accordingly. For example, if there are 3 outstanding skiing films, the Best Skiing Award may be created.



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