SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The 3rd DCCFF Rules and Regulations

The 3rd DC Chinese Film Festival (DCCFF) adheres to the following Rules and Regulations for all entries.  Please carefully read this document before submitting your work.  Please contact the Festival Committee (submit@dccff.org) with any questions you may have.  Upon completion of the registration process, entries are bound by the terms and conditions listed in this document.  DCCFF reserves the right to make final decisions for and interpretations of those cases not described below.

 

1.  Mission

The DC Chinese Film Festival aims to discover excellent Chinese-speaking filmmakers, showcase films about and in relation to China, and foster inter-cultural dialogue through screenings and related events.

 

The Festival Committee extends a special welcome to newcomers and independent filmmakers.  As is the tradition in past years, DCCFF will host spotlight panels on current trends in the independent film industry, in addition to the competition program.

 

2.  General Rules and Regulations

 

2.1. All Entries Must Satisfy At Least One of the Following Criteria:

-      The dominant language (more than 50% of the dialogue) of the film is Mandarin Chinese, a dialect of Chinese, or a regional language (e.g. Cantonese, Tibetan, Mongolian, and Uyghur among others).

-      The creative team (e.g. director, producer, screenwriter, and lead actor/actress) includes persons of Chinese ethnicity (e.g. Chinese Americans, Chinese Canadians, Chinese Europeans, Singaporeans, and other Chinese overseas).

-     The film tells a story about China, Chinese culture, or the Chinese Diaspora.

 

2.2. Key Dates:

-      June 14, 2016: Regular Submission Deadline (To encourage early submission, fees are waived for entries received by this date.)

-      June 30, 2016: Extended Submission Deadline (For all entries received by this date, but after the regular submission deadline, there will be a $10 fee per entry. Paypal and WeChat payments are accepted. Please contact the Festival Committee submit@dccff.org for payment instructions.)

-      September 22-25, 2016: Festival Screenings and Events; Awards Announced at the Closing Ceremony

 

2.3. All Entries Must Adhere to the Following Requirements:

-      Entries must be original productions. Any plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

-      Entries may be narrative, documentary, experimental, and/or animated films. There is no restriction on the subject.

-      Entries cannot be pornographic in nature and must not violate the laws of the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America.

-      Applicants must be reachable via the contact information provided on the Registration Form, and in case of any changes in the contact information, must notify the Festival Committee immediately.

-      Applicants must hold submitted entries’ copyright or have proof that they are authorized to promote, screen, and participate in the 3rd DCCFF.

-      Applicants are obligated to maintain the legal status of the submitted entries.  In the event of a legal dispute (such as copyright infringement), the applicants will assume full responsibility and bear all costs of the dispute, including but not limited to legal fees.

 

2.4. Categories and Multiple Entries:

The 3rd DCCFF consists of two competition units: Main Competition and Online Competition.  Main Competition is further divided into six categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Experimental Short, and Animated Short.  Online Competition is for films made by non-film school students and amateur teams.  Each entry can be entered into only one of the aforementioned categories; the selection of category must be clearly noted on the Registration Form.  An applicant can submit up to three entries to the 3rd DCCFF and must complete a separate Registration Form for each entry.

 

2.5. Invitation to Attend the 3rd DCCFF:

All applicants (and associated creative team members) are invited to attend the 4-day screenings and events in Washington, DC on September 22-25, 2016.  Please contact the Festival Committee on how to register.  Guests traveling from outside of the United States are responsible to obtain their own travel visa and travel insurance.  The Festival Committee can provide official invitation letter upon request.

 

3.   Guidelines for Main Competition (Features and Shorts)

 

3.1. Eligibility:

-      Under DCCFF’s definition, a feature film has a running time of more than 40 minutes but less than 150 minutes; a short film has a running time of 40 minutes or less.

-      Production must be completed post June 30, 2014.

-      Entries are not required to have world premiere at the 3rd DC Chinese Film Festival.  However, the entry must not have been commercially released or distributed (including online distribution) in China or in the US, and will not be released in its entirety (trailers excluded) on any online platform until after being presented at the Festival;

-      All entries that have non-English dialogue are required to have English subtitles.  Applicants shall be responsible for any costs related to subtitling.

 

3.2. How to Submit Your Work:

Step One: Properly complete the official DCCFF Submission Form for each entry.

Step Two: Send the following materials to submit@dccff.org

a) Two stills from the film;

b) A headshot of the director;

c) Please indicate the film title and entry category in the email subject line.

d) ONLY APPLICABLE WHEN ONLINE SCREENER IS NOT AVAILABLE: 2 copies of DVD screeners to be mailed to the Festival Committee.

- For efficiency we strongly encourage all applicants to submit online screeners (password protected or via a secured system). If you cannot provide a streaming link of your film, please make a note in your email to the Festival Committee.  Please mail two DVD copies in data format with your works; Blu-ray Disc and all other formats will NOT be accepted.  Please make sure the film title and director’s name are marked on the DVDs. Applicants shall be responsible for the cost of creating and shipment of materials.

 

Mailing Address:

DC Chinese Film Festival

1101 S Joyce St,

APT. 2502,

Arlington, VA 22202

USA

 

Or,

 

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Note:

a)  All physical entry materials received by the Festival will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

b) Once entries are submitted, the Festival Committee will not accept revisions.  If there are any changes in the registration information, please contact the Festival Committee immediately.

c) DCCFF will set up a promotional page on Youku to introduce this year’s participants; creative teams are encouraged to interact with online audience.  We encourage but do not require applicants to submit promotional trailers for public viewing on the Youku page.

 

4.  Guidelines for Online Competition (Non-Film School Students and Amateur Teams)

 

4.1. Eligibility:

 

DCCFF always welcomes student and amateur productions.  The Festival Committee recommends film school students to participate in the Main Competition.  To enter the Online Competition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

- All members of the creative team (including director, producer, screenwriter, and lead actor/actress) are students;

- The participating director, producer, or creative team has not previously completed any feature-length films;

- The participating director, producer or creative team’s previous productions have not been released or distributed commercially in any region;

- The film’s running time is less than 40 minutes;

- The film is completed after June 30, 2014.

 

4.2. How to Submit Your Work:

Step One: Properly complete the official Submission Form for each entry.

Step Two: Upload your film to Youku, using the following format for your entry name [DCCFF Online Competition + Film Title].

Step Three: Send the following materials to submit@dccff.org -

a) Youku link to the film;

b) Two stills from the film;

c)  A profile picture of the director;

d)  Please indicate the film title and “Online Competition” in the email subject line.

Note: Please contact the Festival Committee immediately if you have trouble uploading your film to Youku.

 

 

5.  Nomination for Competition and Release of Authorization

 

5.1. If Your Film is Nominated for Competition:

 

5.1.1. If your film is nominated for an award category (in Main Competition or Online Competition), you will be notified by the Festival Committee via email or phone.

 

5.1.2. After you officially accept the nomination, you will not be permitted retract this decision at a later date.

 

5.2. Additional Materials and Technical Requirements:

 

5.2.1. Applicants who accept their nomination must promptly provide the relevant promotional materials, including but not limited to director’s bio, film posters, and promotional trailers.

 

5.2.2. Applicants must provide one screening copy and one backup copy (DVD or Blue-ray) of the film that meets DCCFF’s technical requirements. The following formats are acceptable:

 - DCP (unlocked or with KDMs), or

- High Definition digital files: Apple Quicktime pro-res 422 codec

* Due to considerations for the quality of presentation, the Festival Committee will only accept DVDs or Blue-ray Discs as the backup copy but not for final screening.  The final work may not be different from the original film submitted, and must include a credits frame at the beginning or end of the film.

 

5.2.3. Films with non-English dialogue must have English subtitles added to the final physical copy.  DCCFF will not reimburse for the costs related subtitling.

 

5.2.4. All final physical copies must be received by the Festival Committee by August 20, 2016.  These physical copies will be returned to the applicants after the closing of the Festival, in person or via mail.

 

5.3. Release of Authorization:

 

5.3.1. Applicants who accept their nomination are required to release authorization to DCCFF to use any part of the film (typically no more than 2 minutes) and related information (including screenshots, posters, stills, bio, trailers, etc.) on DCCFF’s official website, radio, television, and in print media, social media, and other forms of media for promotional purposes.

 

5.3.2. Applicants grant DCCFF rights to show their nominated films at future events.

 

5.4. Travel and Accommodations:

 

Reimbursements for travel, accommodations and other expenses for the duration of the 3rd DCCFF will be reviewed by the Festival Committee on a case-to-case basis.

 

6.  Judging and Awards

 

6.1. Preliminary Review:

 

After call for entries closes, the Festival Committee will conduct a preliminary classification and review of all entries.  Films that do not meet DCCFF’s requirements will not be selected for the next round.

 

6.2. Nomination for Competition:

 

6.2.1. Main Competition (Features and Shorts):

For each category under Main Competition, a selection committee (comprised of industry professionals) will view, score and nominate films for competition.

 

6.2.2. Online Competition (Non-Film School Students and Amateur Teams):

An online audience of film experts will vote on the submitted films.  The Festival Committee will count the votes and announce films nominated for Online Competition.

 

6.3. Festival Jury:

 

The 3rd DCCFF Jury (which consists of established filmmakers and film scholars from China and the U.S.) will privately view and score all films nominated for Main Competition, and deliberate on winners of each award category.

 

6.4. Audience’s Choice:

 

6.4.1. Main Competition (Shorts Only): Audience will receive ballots prior to each screening and are welcome to cast votes for their favorite films.

 

6.4.2. Online Competition: Voting for winners is open to public on DCCFF’s official website.

 

6.5. Awards & Prizes:

 

6.5.1. Awards in Main Competition

- Best Narrative Feature

- Best Documentary Feature

- Best Narrative Short

- Best Documentary Short

- Best Experimental Short

- Best Animated Short

- Audience Award: Best Short

- Audience Award: Best Feature

 

6.5.2. Awards in Online Competition

Awards details will be forthcoming.

 

6.5.3. Special Recognition Awards

- Inter-Culture Spotlight Award

- Story That Matters Award Sponsored

- Up-and-Coming Filmmaker Award

6.5.4. Announcement and Prizes

 

*All award winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.  Prizes will be distributed to winners within 6-8 weeks after the closing of the Festival.

 

*Please note that the above listed awards are from the 2nd DCCFF in 2014, and are subject to change for the 3rd DCCFF by the Festival Committee in its sole discretion.

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