Around 200 short films from 70 countries are getting screened, chosen from 3000+ submissions. Films were allowed a maximum length of 30 minutes, but most are around 5-8 minutes long.
That's still a lot of celluloid.
One of the best parts about the festival is it's free to attend and open to the public. Professional filmmakers from Korea, India, South America, and elsewhere are serving as judges, giving out awards for Best Short Film, Best Director, Audience Choice, and Outstanding Story Award. Last year, nearly 1,500 filmmakers, students, and lovers of film attended the festival and this year, the organizers, Kan Kan Media, are expecting double the turn out.
In addition to screenings, A Long Week Of Short Films features several workshops and lectures from indie filmmakers in the areas of animation, video games and VR, movie posters, and narration techniques. Some of the workshops charge a 50rmb fee to attend and some events are only open to film professionals and students. All screenings, however, are free. You can register to join events on their registration page.
The opening ceremony on May 6 is invite only, but on May 7 you can attend the workshops that start at 10am and the screenings running from 7pm at the Minsheng Art Museum. For a full schedule, check Kan Kan Media's website here.