Tuesday April 8, 2014
Attention filmmakers: Are you ready for the 18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival?
“What’s your perspective?” – We want to know!
Film submission is open from March 15 – May 31, 2014.
Don’t miss the early bird submission deadline on April 30th!
Complete details and instructions are available at the VAFF18 Festival Submission Guidelines page
VAFF18 will take place from November 6 – 9, 2014 at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood.
Saturday March 15, 2014
Festival Submission Guidelines for the
18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival
November 6 – 9, 2014
DOWNLOAD a pdf of this page: VAFF18 Festival Submission Guidelines
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is the oldest film festival of its kind in Canada, entering its 18th year in 2014. From its beginnings in 1995 and incorporation in the spring of 1997, VAFF has been an annual visual celebration of the best in film and video from Asian- Canadian, Asian-American and Asian international diaspora filmmakers and videographers.
VAFF is a not-for-profit film festival society committed to supporting both emerging talents and established filmmakers, offering programming from a North American-Asian and Asian diaspora perspective with stories and visuals rarely seen in mainstream media. VAFF offers uniquely relevant storytelling from diverse filmmakers to diverse audience members, achieving our goal of celebrating diversity in film.
Visiting artists have included Justin Lin, Evan Jackson Leong, Jessica Yu, Tze Chun, Quentin Lee, Michael Kang and Freida Lee Mock, as well as BC filmmakers Julia Kwan, Mina Shum, Nilesh Patel and Jeff Chiba Stearns.
Available awards include a juried award for Best Canadian Short, presented by the National Film Board of Canada.
Programming includes 12-13 film programs incorporating feature length and short films and videos, featuring an Artist/Concept Spotlight, Foreign Spotlight, Vancouver Shorts, Q & A sessions, panel discussions, an industry luncheon, and gala events.
All screenings for VAFF18 will take place at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, a multiplex theatre within downtown Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Gastown districts.
How to Submit
Submissions for VAFF18 are accepted between March 15 and May 31, 2014. Submissions can be made through:
- VAFF accepts independently produced films and videos by North American-Asian artists (including Asian-Canadian or Asian-American artists).
- VAFF also accepts foreign-produced films in English, or foreign language films with English subtitles.
- At least one member of the creative team (director, writer or producer) must be of Asian heritage and/or the lead actor(s) must be of Asian heritage.
- Films and videos must have been completed no earlier than January 31, 2012. Submissions completed prior to this date will not be considered.
- Acceptable exhibition formats are HDCAM (no HDCAM-SR) and Blu-ray. Other exhibition formats, e.g. 16mm, DVD, Digibeta, VHS, will not be considered.
- Digital exhibition formats are also accepted via download sites as H.264 (or .MP4) files – in either 1080p or 720p resolutions – and with either 24p or 29.97 fps frame rates.
- Early bird deadline: April 30, 2014 (postmarked)
- Final deadline: May 31, 2014 (postmarked)
- Submissions received after May 31, 2014, will not be considered for the 2014 festival. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Early bird: $20 (CDN or US)
- After early bird: $25 (CDN or US)
- Payment must be made via PayPal during the Online Submission process.
- Submissions without proper payment will not go through the selection process.
- Fees cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Each film / video submitted must be accompanied by its own separate entry form and entry fee.
Acceptable film categories are:
- Narrative (drama, comedy, romance, etc.)
- Digital/Interactive projects
Submissions outside of these categories (e.g. music videos) will not be considered.
- Submit two preview screeners in DVD (NTSC) format. Please check that the DVDs are playable on all consumer DVD players.
- DVDs must be labeled with the film title, total running time, contact name, address, phone number and email address.
- DVD screeners can be sent to: Vancouver Asian Film Festival Office, 455 Prior Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2G3, Canada
- Submit a URL or link to the screener.
- Submit an electronic press kit via:
- Online URL link
- On data disc or USB thumb drive with your DVD screener (if sending a physical copy)
- Label all files descriptively
- The press kit should contain:
- A film synopsis (approximately 100 words) and logline;
- Film stills (photos or hi-resolution electronic images: minimum 1200×1800 pixels @ 300 dpi) for program guide and publicity;
- A cast and crew list;
- The director’s biography (80 words) and photo (see above for technical specs);
- The producer’s biography (80 words);
- Press / publicity clippings and list of awards and screenings (Word or PDF)
NOTE: Press materials and screeners will not be returned.
Best Canadian Short Award: Qualifications
Canadian films may be eligible for the Best Canadian Short Award, which may include a cash prize if funding is available.
To qualify, filmmakers must meet the following criteria:
- The director or writer must be a Canadian citizen or Canadian resident;
- One of the key members (director, writer or producer) must be of Asian heritage;
- The film must be live action;
- The film must be under 30 minutes in length;
- The film must be independently produced without majority funding from institutions (e.g. NFB, film schools, broadcasters etc.);
- The film must not have been broadcast on television prior to the festival screening;
- The director must have final creative control of the work.
The award winner will be announced during the festival at the VAFF industry luncheon featuring visiting and local filmmakers, producers, and other industry professionals, Best Canadian Short judges, corporate sponsors, community partners, and the media.
Notification of Festival Selection
- You will be notified of festival selections by September 15, 2014.
- If selected, a Notice of Acceptance will be sent.
- The Notice of Acceptance must be completed, signed and returned by the deadline date listed, or your position in the festival will be offered to another film.
Exhibition Print/File Shipping Policy
- Ship exhibition prints to VAFF prepaid to arrive no later than October 15, 2014.
- VAFF pays for one-way return shipping within North America only. Requests for international shipping will not be considered.
- If exhibition prints/files are coming from other festivals, VAFF must receive print traffic contact information of the prior festival two weeks prior to VAFF’s start date.
- If VAFF is to send the exhibition print/file to another film festival, this outbound address must be given to VAFF one week prior to the start of VAFF or it will be sent back to the print source.
- Please mail or courier your exhibition print to: Vancouver Asian Film Festival Office, 455 Prior Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2G3, Canada