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The film entry for 12th FIRST International Film Festival Xining starts on January 1, 2018.



The film entry for 12th FIRST International Film Festival Xining starts on January 1, 2018.


FIRST International Film Festival Xining seeks the fresh cinema expression and breaking-edge cinematic language. Every July, we celebrate our passion for free spirit and love for cinema. FIRST promotes the emerging talents and presents the brave and creative films.


The submission deadline for the 12th FIRST is May 15, 2018.


The submission is open to features, documentary, animation, experimental films and short films from China and abroad. Please read the Rules and Regulations before submit your film.The 12th FIRST International Film Festival Xining Rules and Regulations.pdf


A film need to meet the following requirement to be considered for competition:

  • Completed after January 1, 2017
  • Has not been distributed in theater or online in mainland China
  • (for narrative features) the film is the 1st, 2nd or 3rd narrative feature of the director



Best Director


Selected among nominated Chinese narrative features to award the filmmaker with outstanding sense of directing and perfect combination of personal experience.


Best Narrative Feature


Selected among nominated Chinese narrative features to award the film that shows creativity in narrative, cinematic language and aesthetic form.


Best Documentary


Selected among nominated Chinese documentaries to award the non-fiction work with document value, humanistic concern and the ability to reflect on the social context while being unbiased. (The Best Documentary Award comes with a prize value of 50,000 RMB)


Best Short Film


Selected among nominated Chinese narrative short films to award the film that presents unlimited possibility with limited time and works with cinematic elements in a creative way.


Best Animation/Experimental Film


Selected among nominated Chinese animation/experimental films to award the film that makes diversified expression via visual elements and carries out unique practice of film aesthetics. 


Best Performer


Selected among the leading actor/actress from nominated Chinese narrative features to award the actor/actress’s outstanding performance and the construction of the character. 


Best Artistic Originality


Selected among nominated Chinese narrative features and documentaries to award the filmmaker who have major contribution or exploration in the field of screenwriting, cinematography, music, editing and art design. 


Grand Jury Prize – Feature Film 


Selected from nominated international feature-length films to award the film with proficient skills, pioneered idea and free cinematic language. The Jury Committee will give out this award depending on the film’s stylization, context and spirit. 


Grand Jury Prize – Short Film


Selected from nominated international short films to award the film with proficient skills, pioneered idea and free cinematic language. The Jury Committee will give out this award depending on the film’s stylization, context and spirit. 


Spirit of Freedom


This award would be present to Chinese narrative feature film or Chinese documentary with avant-garde aesthetics. The award represents the self-consciousness, culture value and the combination of independent thinking with cinema practice.