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2020 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

Regulations on DOCSHOP



GZDOC DOCSHOP is a year-round factual content market place for producers, distributors, content buyers and commissioners. The DOCSHOP library includes the GZDOC official selections, as well as the festival’s curated playlists of documentary titles from the past decade.

GZDOC DOCSHOP is dedicated to discovering and promoting premium China and International documentaries.


The DOCSHOP consists of three parts:

(i) On-demand screening system

The DOCSHOP will set aside a screening area at the GZDOC venue.Participants will watch the films submitted to DOCSHOP through the on-demandscreening system. Screening reports will then be generated, recording theviewers’ purchasing interests. GZDOC staff will process these requests afterthe festival.

(ii) Daily operation

The GZDOC DOCSHOP will keep recommending films to various platforms in a bid to facilitate trades throughout the year.

(iii) Industry Screenings

Industry Screenings are film screenings at the GZDOC venue for registered delegates and industry professionals. On the spot publicity could be arranged, in a bid to promote the films.


II. DOCSHOP Operation

The documentary festival is held in Guangzhou every December.

2020 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival will beheld from 14th to 17th December, 2020.

DOCSHOP Timetable:

(1) Offline on-demand screening system: December 15 to December17, 2020

(2) Daily operation: 2020 to 2021

(3) Industry Screenings: December 15th to December 17th, 2020


III. Eligibility for GZDOC DOCSHOP

GZDOC DOCSHOP is open to the following four types of films.

Documentary Feature:motion pictures with a running time of more than 30 minutes (including Opening Credits);

Documentary Short:motion pictures with a running time of 30 minutes or less (including Opening Credits);

Documentary Series:three or more episodes, the running time of a single episode is not limited, and content is inter-related;

New media documentary:the length is no more than 30 min per episode; the number of episodes isunlimited; have been released via streaming, home video or other new media platform.


IV. Submission Guidance

(i) Submission Deadline

Submissions for GZDOC DOCSHOP are open from March 25, 2020(GMT+8) to August 31, 2020 (GMT+8).

Submissions for Industry Screenings are from March 25, 2020(GMT+8) to October 31, 2020(GMT+8). 

The submission must be completed online, and all other required submission materials shall be sent to the General Office of the OrganizingCommittee (OC) before the deadline. The application received after the deadline or the application with incomplete materials will not be accepted as qualified entries.


(ii) Application process and required materials

1. Please register online at the official website, click "Registration - Film Submit" to complete the online Entry Form.  

2. Please upload the following submission materials:

(1) One poster in JPG format, pixel no less than 150 dpi;

(2) 1-3 Film stills in JPG format, pixel no less than 150 dpi;

(3) One director’s photo in JPG format, pixel no less than 150 dpi;

(4) For non-Chinese dialogue films, a full-length English subtitle file (SRT or ASS format) or subtitle script (word file or txt file) is required.

3. Please submit the following video materials:

(1) The preview version


Film in MP4 format, 1080 P and above, data rate 2000 kbps to 5000 kbps; 

Chinese dialogue films must be accompanied by complete Chinese and English subtitles. English subtitle is needed if the film contains NON-MANDARINE dialogues (including English);

To add a watermark, please mark GZDOC Preview in the upper right corner. Any other watermarks should not be applied, in a bid to ensure the viewing effects.

(2) Trailer

Motion Pictures with a running time of lessthan 3 minutes, in MP4 format, 1080 P and above, data rate 2000 kbps to 5000 kbps

For Chinese dialogue films, complete Chinese and English subtitles are required. For NON-MANDARINE dialogues (includingEnglish) films, English subtitles are required.

(3) Please submit your video material in oneof the following ways:


Please mail the copies of preview film and trailer in DVD/USB /Mobile Hard Disk along with the film title and contact information to:

Address: Room 3303, YingLong Plaza, No.76,West Huangpu Avenue, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Contacts: Mr. Ding Zhizhao

Tel: 86-020-38780150-806

Zip code: 510632  

Internet transmission

Upload preview film and trailer into Cloud Storage (such asVimeo or Google Drive) and send the download link and password to film@gzdoc.cnalong with film title and contact information.


(iii) Registration fee

Free Registration for DOCSHOP

Industry Screenings Fee is listed below insection VI


(iv)Notices for material delivery

If you choose to post your materials, in order to ensure the materials delivered on time, please use the traceable and signature required express delivery service. Please do not use the surface mail. If the materials are sent from overseas, please use the international express (such as DHL or FEDEX), indicated "no commercial value" and"for cultural use only" on the package, and fill in the customs declaration value less than 10 US dollars. No application materials will be returned. Do not send film prints,master tapes or other originals. The OC will not pay for the delivery fee caused by the application, and has the right to refuse the delivery unpaid.


(v) The useof information and application materials

1. Please fill in entry form correctly and completely. The information in the form will be used and published in the pre-selection,evaluation and final announcement. If there is any information wrong ormissing, the responsibility will be borne by the applicant.

2. The signup account used in the official website( will be used as the contact of applicant by default. The follow-up notification related to pre-selection and evaluation will bedelivered to this contact first. Please keep the call and the mailbox accessible.

3. The registration information and the application material will be presented on the official website, as well as online and offline media for publicity. The OC has theright to edit and publicly use the materials, including film entry information,posters, stills, trailers and clips of no more than 5 minutes, on GZDOC’s official channels.


(vi) Update/Supplement of registration information and materials

1. If applicant wants to update information or material after submission, please send an email to and explain the update in detail. After reviewed and approved by the OC, the update will be completed.

2. If there are follow-up materials (such as posters, stills, promotional materials,awards, etc.), please send the materials to, with a detailed explanation.

3. If the preview version is the version in post production, the applicant can submit the final screening version after being selected, but applicant cannot update the version during the evaluation process.


(vii)Copyright Statement

Applicant (and applying company) shall own the copyrights or distribution rights of the film submitted by him/her; shall ensure that there is no dispute over copyright of the film; guarantee it has acquired the copyrights/authorizations from the copyright owners for the music, video, imageand text contained and used in the films; ensure the original contents in the film do not violate the copyrights or legal rights of any other third parties. Any disputes, damages or compensations arising out of or in relation to the copyright infringement of the film shall be borne by its applicant (andapplying company). GZDOC reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorized copyrighted materials.


V. Noticefor DOCSHOP Applicants

1. The OC has the right to select the films submitted into the DOCSHOP on-demand screening system.

2. OC has the right to display the information of selected films, including written materials, posters, samples, trailers etc., to therelated cooperation platforms in a bid to facilitate businesses.

3. After the film is selected into the DOCSHOP, the application information and materials will be presented on the official website, as well asonline and offline media for publicity. The OC has the right to edit and use the film information and materials submitted, including the film applicationinformation, posters, stills, trailers or snippet less than 5 minutes, on GZDOC’s official channels.


VI. Industry Screening

1. Selection

The OC will select the films registered for Industry Screenings and notify the qualified applicants by email in mid-November.

2. Industry Screening Fee

Thescreening fee is varied according to different length of the films:

(1) 1500 yuan / session for films under 60 minutes

(2) 2000 yuan / session for 60 -90 minutes long films

(3) 2500 yuan / session for 90 -120 minute long films

(4) 3000 yuan / session for films over 120 minute

3. Screening confirmation

The applicant shall confirm the participation within two working days after receiving the screening notification (e-mail) issued by the OC and complete the payment for the screening fee within seven work days. Once the applicant would confirm the participation into industry screening and pay the fee, he/she could not withdraw for any reasons and the fee are not refundable.

4. Industry screening schedule

The industry screening will be located at the GZDOC Venue, and the specific schedule and venue will be decided by the OC.

5. Audience

The industry screenings will only be open to registered participants of the GZDOC.


VII. Statement

1. Any changes against the regulations will be posted on the"GZDOC-Guidance-Notice " page of the official website ( applicant can withdraw from the event if he/she thinks the modified clauses are unacceptable by notifying the OC within 10 working days after the announcement is posted. Otherwise, it will be deemed that the applicant accepts all the modified clauses.

2. If there were any situations that are not specified above, the OC reserves all rightsfor the final explanation of the regulations.

3. The applicant signing up for DOCSHOP of 2020 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival should accept all the above terms and conditions. If there is any dispute, it shall be governed by and construed inaccordance with the laws of PRC.


General Office of the Organizing Committee of Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

March 25,2020


Manager of Copyright & Project Department

Zhu Jiayi

Tel: 020-38780150 call 807