Submissions are open for the 2013 Beijing International Film Festival, organized by the Chinese national and Beijing municipal government. We've been given permission by them to collect your movies, sort them, and pass them on to the Programming Department. Final selections and notifications will happen at the very end of March / beginning of April, 2013. The 2013 Beijing International Film Festival will be held between April 16 – 23.
If you live in China and would like to send us a movie directly, that's a little different and a lot easier. Please do contact us by e-mail and we'll tell you about the guidelines and reduced fees for domestic works. There's no sense in using Withoutabox.com then until they come up with a Chinese version. (perhaps with our assistance, hmmm.)
Prices for mailing screener DVDs seems to widely vary from UPS, FedEx, and DHL outlet. In New York City, reasonable deals are to be had, but elsewhere we have heard tales of shipping costs going up to $48 or even $70! Madness!
Regular mail is affordable, but China Post is very unreliable, and you can expect your package to show up in our mailbox 6~8 weeks after arrival in China, if ever. Mail is frequently lost or stolen with no reliable protection other than paying more money for a courier service. The USPS now offers such a service for American mail, we've noticed.
The Chinese internal fast shipping courier service- EMS, is crap and more likely to lose your movie than anyone.
DHL sometimes has trouble too, keeping track of deliveries once the package arrives in China.
And for freak's sake DON'T list the value of your mailed items as anything other than ZERO, "for cultural purposes only, no commercial value". We are not paying your bloody taxes!
We'd like for more moviemakers to send copies of their work over the internet by compressing a digital-format version of their screener, no greater than 1 GB in size, and uploading it to a private FTP account or sharing system. We have set up our own FTP account space for all moviemakers to conveniently access and speedily upload their work, bypassing all shipping struggles and costs. Please contact us to discuss using this option.