Regulations

2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition 
Call for Entries

 

 

 We are Taiwan’s biggest international short film competition, with over NT$1 million in total prize money

Each year, Kaohsiung Film Festival (hereinafter as “KFF”) International Short Film Competition provides a showcase for thousands of original and creative works by visionary filmmakers from around the world, who compete for a total of over NT$1 million in prize money. The 2018 KFF International Short Film Competition will run from October 19th to November 4th, taking place in Kaohsiung. We welcome all filmmakers to submit their films before June 30th.

 We are devoted to discovering short film talents worldwide and seeking more works with unique Asian perspectives

KFF aspires to become the heart of short films in Asia and actively collaborates with international film festivals in various festival programs. This year, a new award category for Asian short films has been established in hopes of seeing more works from Asia with unique perspectives.

 We set up a brand new VR Competition section to encourage different creative expressions

In 2017, KFF established the VR Film Lab to finance Taiwanese filmmakers in creating VR short films. This year, we set up a new International VR Competition section to encourage filmmakers to explore new ways of creative storytelling via VR 360.

 

A. Eligibility

Category

Category Rules

 

International Competition

1. Films must have been completed between June 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018 (submission deadline). Works-in-progress by submission deadline will not be accepted.

2. Films must be no longer than 25 minutes including credits. All genres are acceptable (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, etc.). Films previously submitted for competition to past editions of the Festival, including edited or retitled versions, are not eligible for re-submission.

3. Premiere status is not required.

4. Films are allowed to be submitted to both the International and Taiwan Competitions if they are eligible for both competition categories.

Taiwan

Competition

1. Films must have been completed between June 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018 (submission deadline). Works-in-progress by submission deadline will not be accepted.

2. Films must be no longer than 25 minutes including credits. All genres are acceptable (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, etc.). Films previously submitted for competition to past editions of the Festival, including edited or retitled versions, are not eligible for re-submission.

3. Premiere status is not required.

4. Directors must hold Taiwanese nationality or a Taiwan Resident Certificate, or the production country must be Taiwan.

5. To be eligible for Taiwan Student Award, directors must still be enrolled in school (including the class of 2018).

6. Films are allowed to be submitted to both the International and Taiwan Competitions if they are eligible for both competition categories.

VR Competition

1. Films must be VR 360 videos completed between January 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018 (submission deadline).

2. Films must be no longer than 15 minutes including credits.

3. Films must have a Taiwan premiere status and must not have previously been shown publicly on the Internet.

 

B. Submission Guidelines

1. No submission fee.

2. Submission period: May 1st to June 30th, 2018.

       * Submissions will no longer be accepted from 00:00 GMT+8, July 1st, 2018. We encourage you to submit your work early to avoid Internet congestion.

3. Submission platforms:

       a. Withoutabox or Shortfilmdepot

Please first sign up an account and create a project for your film on Withoutabox or Shortfilmdepot. Taiwanese films please submit via Withoutabox.

Links to both platforms are available on the KFF International Short Film Competition’s Call for Entries page: https://www.kff.tw/EN/shortfilm, or see below: 

 

 

      b. For the films submitted for Taiwan Competition: On Withoutabox, please upload one PDF file containing your Chinese film title, director’s name in Chinese and Chinese synopsis to “Other Files” under “Press Kit Assets” in your “Manage Press Kit” section.

      c. To compete for the Taiwan Student Award: On Withoutabox, submitters must select “Student Project” under “Basic Information”, and upload proof of enrollment such as a two-sided copy of your student ID to “Other Files” section.

      * Should the submitter have any questions, please contact us via kffshorts@gmail.com.

4. Screener submission:

     a. Please follow Withoutabox or Shortfilmdepot guidelines to directly upload your film as a digital file or provide a Vimeo link (with password).

     * Vimeo links are highly preferred for Withoutabox submissions. Please ensure that the link is valid at least for six months.  

     b. Please contact us should you encounter any technical issues.

5. Screener format:

International Competition & Taiwan Competition

1. Format: MOV or MP4

2. Codec: H.264

3. Resolution: HD 1920x1080 or 1280x720

4. Size: 2GB maximum

5. Subtitles: If the original language in the film is Chinese or English, the film does not need to be subtitled. If the dialogue is not in Chinese or English, please provide a screener with built-in Chinese or English subtitles.

VR Competition

Please provide a 360 MP4 video file that can be viewed on HTC VIVE or Samsung Gear VR.

 

6. Submitted information and uploaded files will be used in nomination announcements, award announcements, printed Festival booklets and the award ceremony. Please ensure all details are accurate. Submitters are responsible for any errors or omissions in the application.

 

C. Award Categories

Category

Award

Aim

Number of Winners / Prize Money

Official Competition

International Competition

International Grand Prize

To encourage films with creative styles and unique perspectives

One / US$10,000

Jury Prize

One / US$3,000

Asian New Wave Award

To encourage films with Asian themes or by Asian directors with unique perspectives

One / US$6,000

Formosa Vision Award

To encourage socially conscious films that tackle issues such as environmental protection, human rights, labor rights, etc.

One / US$3,000

Taiwan Competition

Taiwan Grand Prize

To encourage Taiwanese films with creative styles and unique perspectives

One / US$6,000

Jury Prize

One / US$3,000

Taiwan Student Award

To discover Taiwanese student films with creative styles and unique perspectives

One / US$3,000

Special Mention

To celebrate films demonstrating excellence in acting or technical aspects in recognition of Taiwanese filmmakers' achievements

One / US$2,000

VR Competition

Best VR Narrative Award

To encourage innovative production and creative storytelling via VR 360

One / US$6,000

2018 Non-Official Competition

Non-Official Competition

Children’s Jury Award

The Festival Organizers will select a number of short films for children. The Children’s Jury will then select the winning films

One / Award Certificate

 

D. Selection Process

1. First round: preliminary judging

Preliminary judges are comprised of Taiwanese film and media professionals, who will select the finalist films in each category. Finalist films will be screened during the Festival.

2. Second round: final judging

Final jury is comprised of Taiwanese and international film and media professionals. Final judging panels will be held during KFF to determine winners.

If the judges deem that the entries do not meet the standards of the Festival, the Organizers have the right not to give out awards.

 

E. Nomination and Award Announcements

The full list of nominated films will be announced on the Festival’s official site (https://www.kff.tw) no later than September 30th, 2018. Nominated filmmakers will be notified via email. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony of KFF International Short Film Competition in late October, and then released on the official website.

 

F. Required Materials for Nominees

1. A signed authorization form in PDF or image format. The authorization form will be emailed to the nominees along with the nomination notification.

2. Dialogue list both in the film’s original language and in English. Please submit the file in WORD or EXCEL format. Films with no dialogue do not have to submit any file.

3. English synopsis (150 words max).

4. Director’s biography in English (150 words max).

5. A cast and crew list in Chinese or English.

6. Three film stills in a landscape orientation (JPG format; resolution above 300dpi; file size 600K-3M).

7. One director's headshot in a portrait orientation (JPG format; resolution above 300dpi; file size 600K-3M).

8. Trailer file.

Trailer format:

International Competition   & Taiwan Competition

  1. Please provide one subtitled trailer, and one non-subtitled trailer.
  2. HD (1920x1080), MOV (ProRes422HQ) is preferable. H.264 (bit rate above 15 Mbps) is also accepted.

VR Competition

  1. Please provide one subtitled 2D trailer, and one non-subtitled 2D trailer.
  2. HD (1920x1080), MOV (ProRes422HQ) is preferable. H.264 (bit rate above 15 Mbps) is also accepted.

* Please upload above materials to cloud storage (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) and email the link to the Organizers (kffshorts@gmail.com).

 

9. Screening copy:

Please send hard copies to International Short Film Competition Team, KFF Office at Fifth floor, No. 99, Hesi Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City 80347, Taiwan before the assigned deadline. The cost of dispatching the screening copies to KFF is to be paid by the nominees. Please contact the Organizers should you have any problem about the delivery process. Screening copies will be returned within a month after the Festival is over. The cost of shipping the screening copies from the Festival will be paid by the Organizers. Please notify us in advance if there is a certain location and time the screening copy must arrive at.

Screening copy format:

International Competition & Taiwan Competition

DCP is preferred. If you don’t have a DCP file, please provide the copy in the following formats:

  1. Aspect ratio: HD (1920x1080) or 2K (1998x1080/ 2048x858) 
  2. Format: MOV (ProRes422HQ) is preferable. H.264 (bit rate above 15 Mbps) is also accepted.
  3. FPS: 24FPS or 23.98FPS
  4. Subtitles: The copy must be in its original language. Chinese-language films must have Traditional Chinese and English subtitles. English-language films do not need to be subtitled, but a dialogue list must be provided. Films in other languages must have English subtitles.

VR Competition

Please provide a 360 MP4 video file that can be viewed on HTC VIVE or Samsung Gear VR.

 

G. Copyright Issues, Terms and Conditions

Rights and Obligations of Submitters:

1. Submitters agree to grant the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung Film Archive and any affiliated or authorized third parties without recompense the right to reproduce, adapt or edit 10% or under three minutes of the submitted film to be publicly screened, performed, recited or displayed at the 2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival (hereinafter as “KFF”) International Short Film Competition and related activities. In addition, submitters also agree that other provided information such as texts, materials, and any other files received by KFF can be used for promotional purposes and other Festival-related activities. All aforementioned rights include but not limited to producing it into DVD, translating it into different languages or adding Chinese/English subtitles. The 10% or under three-minute clip can be provided by the participants.  

2. The rights for all dubs, scores, texts and images used in the film must have been acquired from the creator(s) to be reproduced, adapted, or be publicly screened, performed, recited, displayed, broadcast or transmitted. Any copyright disputes resulting from showing the film shall be the full responsibility of the submitter. If deemed necessary, the Organizers have the right to ask the submitter to provide proof of licensing and sign a music copyright affidavit for documentation.

3. By completing the submission, all submitters agree to the Festival rules and policies, and shall not withdraw submission for any reason. The submitter, creator, producer, distributor or affiliated individuals or companies are obliged to ensure the legality of the submitted film. The Organizers have the final decision on the film’s eligibility for competition.

 

Rights and Obligations of Nominees:

1. Once the film is nominated, the submitter shall not withdraw from the competition for any reason. Nominees are strongly encouraged to attend Festival-related activities and the award ceremony.

2. Nominees own the copyrights of their films but grant the Organizers without recompense the right to use, edit, reproduce, download or publicly display the nominated films, still images, service marks and other submitted documents at KFF’s sole discretion to market, promote and display for the Festival.

3. Nominees must provide a screening copy that complies with the Organizers’ subtitle guidelines. If the copy does not follow the guidelines, the Organizers have the final decision on the film’s qualification for nomination.

4. Nominees should grant the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung Film Archive and any affiliated or authorized third parties without recompense the right to screen their nominated films in festival venues during KFF and the preparation and promotion period prior to the Festival. For the purpose of screening, the Organizers have the right to make Chinese or English subtitles for the nominated films and store the subtitled copies.

5. In accordance with Taiwan’s Income Tax Act, prize money exceeding NT$1,000 will be included in the filing of annual personal income tax returns. Winners must fill out required forms and turn in receipts for the prize money in order to receive the prize. Failure to comply will automatically result in forfeit of the prize.

6. All nominated Taiwanese films have the opportunity to be recommended by KFF to compete in other international film festivals. However, the director reserves the final decision of whether to participate in the film festivals.

 

Rights and Obligations of Winners:

1. To promote the Festival and cinematic art more efficiently, all prize winners consent to the following:

Prior to the events of 2019 KFF, the Organizers can either screen winning films in theaters for certain times, or stream them online within a certain time period (such online viewing is only available in Taiwan Area on a certain streaming platform) for promotional purposes. The numbers of screenings in theaters or the online streaming time period will be determined together by both the winners and Organizers.

2. In recognition of the filmmaker’s artistic merit, the recipient of the award certificate, medal or prize money shall be the creator of the submitted film. In case of any dispute, the award recipient/payee should be the director, and the Organizers will determine the recipient through documents provided by the winner. An authorization form must be provided if the recipient is not the awarded person him/herself. Winners will assume all legal responsibilities.

3. In accordance with Taiwan’s Income Tax Act, if the prize value is equal to or over NT$20,000, the winner is required to pay 10% of its value as income tax. If the winner who has no domicile within the territory of Taiwan (R.O.C.) or resides within the territory of Taiwan (R.O.C.) for a period of fewer than 183 days during a taxable year, the income should be taxed at 20%.

 

Others:

1. Submitted films will not be returned. Please make copies yourself.

2. It is the sole responsibility of the submitter if submitted films contain copyrighted material that is used without legal permissions. If the winning film is confirmed to have violated copyright regulations, all award certificates, trophies, medals and prize money must be returned. If the submitted film uses other copyrighted materials, please provide copyright statements including copyright source and permission upon submission.

3. The Organizers reserve the right to amend and make public the above regulations if found lacking, as well as the right to the interpretations and final decision on the competition’s regulations, selection process and competition results.

 

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International Short Film Competition Team, 2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival

Email: kffshorts@gmail.com

Tel: +886-7-5511211 ext. 22 or 19 or 4415

KFF Official Site: https://www.kff.tw

KFF International Short Film Competition Call for Entries page: https://www.kff.tw/EN/shortfilm