Contest shows shorts' long reach

Updated: 2012-03-15 10:39

By Mei Jia (China Daily)

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The second session of an ongoing contest seeks to discover the most brilliant micro film screenwriters to generate shorts for computer and smart phone users.

The installment of the contest organized by online literature platform and micro TV/film producer produced the 10-episode series The High Life of Miss Stingy. Every episode lasts for 10 minutes.

The series garnered millions of online hits since its January release, contest organizers say.

The theme of this season's contest is, "to touch deeply".

Screenwriters can submit online a 1,000-word plot summary based on the theme, along with an introduction of the characters.

Two works are selected every month. Winners receive a 500-yuan ($79.4) prize and opportunities for future TV/film projects.

Once shooting begins, writers get an additional 20,000 to 50,000 yuan for extending their summaries into full screenplays.

Organizers have received more than 3,000 submissions since the contest began last October.

"We've discovered an unexpected zeal for micro film screenwriting," editor-in-chief says.

"Most submissions are about love affairs and urban life."

Yang says most writers have strong literary skills but are less adept at identifying what befits micro films.

"We value screenplays with literary value and powerful dialogue that are suitable for shooting," Yang says.

Screenplays should have simpler scene shifts and otherwise adapt to micro films' low budgets and short filming time.

"They should address hot topics in real life and generate discussion and feedback," Yang says.

"Such sexy issues include the second-generation rich, single women and college graduate entrepreneurs."