Entry Guidelines

Entry Guidelines
The 13th Taiwan International Documentary Festival 
Entry Guidelines
 
The Organiser
 
Held biennially since 1998, Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF) is organised by the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute. Adopting ‘Re-encounter Reality’ as its core philosophy, TIDF showcases documentary films that reflect contemporary culture and challenge boundaries.
 
TIDF is open to documentaries of all subject matters and forms and welcomes submissions from those who ponder and experiment with the aesthetics of documentary filmmaking. We are looking for films that are creative, relevant to social and human interests, and have unique points of view. As one of the major documentary film festivals in Asia, TIDF lays emphasis on promoting outstanding Asian documentaries, creating closer associations among filmmakers in the region and encouraging interactions between Taiwan and the rest of the world through a range of screenings, seminars and other activities.
 
 

Festival Dates

The 13th TIDF will take place from 6 to 15 May 2022.

 
Eligibility 
 
  1. Films eligible for entry must be completed no earlier than 1 December 2019. 
  2. A Taiwan Premiere is required, except for Taiwanese productions made by Taiwanese filmmakers holding a National Identification Card or Taiwan Resident Certificate.
  3. TIDF is open to documentaries of all forms, styles, lengths and formats. All films considered documentaries by the filmmakers or production companies are welcome.
     
Entry Guidelines
 
  1. The deadline for submission is Monday, 20 December 2021. Our online entry system will automatically shut down at 12:00 (GMT+8). Please submit your entry and send over the required materials as soon as possible.
  2. No entry fee is required. Please complete the online entry form and provide an online screener. Once you have submitted the entry, an entry number should appear on the web page and an auto-confirmation email will be sent. Please contact us if you have not obtained an entry number.
  3. An online screener is preferred. Please make sure the link and password remain valid before the shortlists are announced and do not change the URL or password after submitting. If you cannot guarantee the above-mentioned, please contact us before any changes are made. Non-Mandarin or non-English speaking films must have Chinese or English subtitles.
  4. The entrant must assure the information provided in the submission is accurate to the best of their knowledge, have full authority to submit the production to TIDF and can confirm the legitimacy of the production. TIDF bears no responsibility for any damages or costs due to any illegal acts or violation of copyright. 
  5. By submitting to the competition, the entrant agrees to all the rules and regulations stated in the TIDF Entry Guidelines. Violation to the TIDF Entry Guidelines may result in disqualification from competition.
     
Competitions and Awards
 

TIDF features three competition sections —Asian Vision Competition, International Competition and Taiwan Competition—and three cross-section awards. Asian Vision Competition highlights the diversity of Asian filmmakers by showcasing documentaries about Asia or made by Asian filmmakers with unique points of view or innovative visual languages. International Competition welcomes eligible documentaries of all forms and lengths from all over the globe. Taiwan Competition is dedicated to documentaries made by Taiwanese filmmakers holding a National Identification Card or Taiwan Resident Certificate.

  1. Asian Vision Competition
    1)  Grand Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$320,000 (approx. US$10,700) and a TIDF award.
    2)  Merit Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$150,000 (approx. US$5,000) and a TIDF award.
    3)  Special Jury Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$65,000 (approx. US$2,170) and a TIDF award.
     
  2. International Competition
    1)  Grand Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$240,000 (approx. US$8,000) and a TIDF award
    2)  Merit Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$120,000 (approx. US$4,000) and a TIDF award.

     
  3. Taiwan Competition
    1)  Grand Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$240,000 (approx. US$8,000) and a TIDF award
    2)  Merit Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$120,000 (approx. US$4,000) and a TIDF award.

     
  4. Cross-Section Awards
    1) TIDF Visionary Award: This award is established to encourage documentaries that bring out cultural and creative variety in the Chinese-speaking world. A shortlist of films that share the spirit of 'Re-encounter Reality' will be selected from the entire festival programme and announced before the festival opens.
    i.  Grand Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$240,000 (approx. US$8,000) and a TIDF award.
    ii. Special Jury Prize: one winning title with a cash prize of NT$120,000 (approx. US$4,000) and a TIDF award.
     
    2) Next Generation Award: A jury of high school students will choose one winning title from the shortlist derived from the three competitions. The winning title will be granted a cash prize of NT$45,000 (approx. US$1,500) and a TIDF certificate.  
    3) Audience Award: The festival audience will vote for a winning title from the shortlists of all three competitions. The winning title will receive a cash prize of NT$45,000 (approx. US$1,500) and a TIDF certificate. 
 
Selection Procedure
  
  1. Preliminary Selection: From all the submissions, a preliminary selection committee consisting of film professionals and TIDF programmers will select no more than 15 titles for each of the three competition sections. The final shortlists will be announced in mid-February 2022 and the shortlisted will be notified via email. The shortlist for the cross-section TIDF Visionary Award will also be announced before the festival opens.
     
  2. Final Selection: Jury panels consisting of international film professionals will view the shortlisted films and decide the winning titles. Decisions made during the jury meetings are final. The winning titles will be announced at the award ceremony.
 
Authorisation and Obligation
 
  1. Shortlisted Films
    1) Once the shortlists are announced, the shortlisted films are obliged to fully participate in the 13th TIDF. Under no circumstances should the shortlisted retire from the festival programme.
    2) TIDF grants certificates to all films selected for the Asian Vision Competition, International Competition and Taiwan Competition, and provides necessary accommodation and travel allowance for one director or one producer of each shortlisted film to attend the festival. (Further details will be notified later. In the event of force majeure, TIDF reserves the rights to cancel, terminate, modify or pause the offer.)
    3) Required Materials:
    i. Screening materials, preferably DCP with theatrical screening quality or HD (ProRes 422 HQ.mov) files, must arrive at the TIDF office before 6 March 2022 either by post or internet. For non-English speaking films, English subtitles are required. The content of the screening copy should match that of the screener submitted for entry. No content changes are allowed during the selection and jury process. TIDF reserves the rights to determine the eligibility of the film if this is violated.
    ii. Please provide the following publicity materials as soon as possible. Additional materials such as posters or postcards are also welcome:
    • Film stills: at least 3 high resolution files (with 300 dpi or above minimum size of 1 MB each) 
    • Trailer: less than 3 minutes, HD .mov or .mp4 file with English subtitles
    • Dialogue list in original language and/or English
    • A list of previous festival participation and awards in English
    • Director’s profile and filmography in English 
    • Director’s statement (300 words maximum) in English 
    • A frontal portrait of the director (high resolution file with 300 dpi or above minimum size of 1 MB) 
    4)  Screening fee, up to 3 screenings, for the selected titles during the festival will be automatically waived. Entrants of the shortlisted films are required to sign an authorisation form correspondingly and further authorise TIDF to download, reproduce, adapt, compile, publicly present, publicly transmit, publicly broadcast and publicly display the publicity materials for marketing, promotional and exhibition purposes all free of charge. The publicity materials will be used in areas including but not limited to festival publicity, media reports, filing and archiving with no restriction on the territory and duration of use. TIDF should also be authorised to produce and retain a Chinese or English-subtitled copy of the shortlisted films for screening purposes or to copy and retain the provided screening materials for archival use. Outside the festival period, TIDF will not publicly screen the films without further authorisation.
    5) The publicity materials of the shortlisted Taiwanese films will be included on the Taiwan Docs website and in its yearly catalogue for non-profit promotional use.
     

     
  2. Award Winning Films
    1) Award winning films are required to authorise TIDF one extra screening during the festival.
    2) TIDF should also be authorised eight promotional screenings of the award winning films (cash prize winners only) without further charge within two years after the 13th TIDF.
    3) Award winning films (cash prize winners only) will be included in the library of Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute for member's use within the premises.
    4) All cash prizes should be subject to income tax in accordance with the R.O.C. Income Tax Act. Service charges for remitting the prize money, such as handling fees and cable fees, will also be deducted from the remittance amount. For foreign nationals, the prize money will be converted to foreign currencies at the current exchange rate following the deduction of the above-mentioned charges.
    5) TIDF wishes no involvement in the method of receipt and distribution of the prize money and only refers to the documents provided by the award winners. TIDF bears no responsibility for the arrangement if any dispute occurs.
 
Please Note
 
  1. All submitted screeners and materials will be archived by TIDF for internal viewing, judging and future academic research. The films will not be screened publicly without further authorisation.
  2. TIDF reserves the rights to modify or substitute any of the rules and regulations stated in the TIDF Entry Guidelines when necessary. TIDF also has the rights to interpret and decide all matters relating to the TIDF Entry Guidelines, selection process, competition results and method of screening.
     
Contact Information
 
  1. Please contact us at:
    Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute
    Division of Research and Development, Dept. of Documentary
    (Taiwan International Documentary Festival)
    E: tidf.entry@tfai.org.tw
    W: www.tidf.org.tw/en
  2. TIDF only covers one-bound shipping cost for the delivery of screening copies. Please follow TIDF’s shipping instructions.

     

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