Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival,
RULES & REGULATIONS
Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) was founded by Public Television Service (PTS) in 2004. It is the first film and television festival in Asia dedicated to viewers aged 12 and under. TICFF is held biennially, with its 5th edition scheduled for April 2012 in Taipei. TICFF’s mission is to encourage quality children’s programming worldwide and to engage young local viewers with valuable access to the media. We welcome all types of creative, fun, and multicultural films as well as television programs.
- All entries must be suitable for children 12 and under.
- Productions must be completed and copyrighted after August 2009.
- One entry form is required for each film/episode.
- All submission elements must be postmarked by the deadline, October 31, 2011.
- No entry fee is required.
- E-mailed Entry – Please see attached document for entry form. Forms showing original signatures on the participation agreement must be delivered either as a “.doc” file or a “.pdf ” file, or mailed in as a hardcopy.
- Paper Entry –Please see attached document for entry form. Entry forms with original signatures on the participation agreement must be air-mailed or faxed, and accompanied by e-mail (.doc or pdf file) or sent on a disc to the Festival Office.
NTSC All-zone. One film/episode per disc. Screeners whose original language is not English or Chinese Mandarin must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Preview DVDs will be archived in the TICFF/PTS library for non-circulating research purposes.
CATEGORIES & PRIZES
Nominees will be announced on the Festival website on December 26, 2011. They will include:
- Best Dramatic Feature or Short
- Best Documentary
- Best Animation
- Best Television Program
- Taiwan Award
- Special Jury Prize
- Audience Award
※Taiwan Award: This category is designed to showcase and reward the finest works by local producers or production companies for children in Taiwan. There are no other restrictions, and any locally-produced entry from categories 1 through 4 above is eligible for the competition.
※Cash prizes of USD4,000 (tax included) and a trophy will be awarded to each winner in categories 1 to 6. Winners in category 7 will receive a trophy. Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Ceremony in April 2012. In the event of a tie, the prize will be divided equally between the two winners (this does not apply to the “Taiwan Award”).
A committee of Taiwanese filmmakers, media professionals and educators will preview and select films/episodes for nomination. They will be joined by one or two international jury members to determine the awards during the festival. Prizes may not be awarded in all categories if the jury feels that entries do not meet the requirements of the festival.
To ensure that all aspects of TICFF are in keeping with the Festival’s stated purpose of “focusing on children and exposing them to international perspectives in order to stimulate their ability to think”, all materials used in the Festival must be appropriate for viewing by children 12 years old or under.
Films/episodes will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Multiple perspectives and creativity.
- Script and story.
- Artistic design.
- Sound, music and cinematography.
- Relevance to children (awareness, self-recognition and capability).
NOMINATED FILMS AND EPISODES
- Screening fees will not be paid for films and episodes nominated for international competition. One guest per nominated work will be invited to Taiwan. This is usually the director, and in other cases, the producer. TICFF will sponsor fully or partially his/her airfare and host his/her stay during the festival.
- Festival screening formats include 35mm, Digibeta, and BetaSP.
- For works that are nominated by the committee, a copy of the original film or video (do not send the original of the work) in one of the above formats should be mailed to the Festival Office postmarked no later than January 31, 2012. At the same time, the materials listed below should also be emailed or mailed (on a disk) for use during the Festival.
- The nominated film/episode should be screened in its original language. English subtitles are required for films if the film/episode is not spoken in English. Chinese subtitles will be provided by TICFF.
- Nominated films/episodes should be accompanied by the following materials :
- Full credit list and dialogue list in English and original language. This is not required for works which do not contain dialogue or narration.
- 3 production stills- High quality, at least 300dpi (jpg or tif).May be e-mailed or sent on a disc.
- 1 director/producer photo- High quality, at least 300dpi (jpg or tif).May be e-mailed or sent on a disc.
- Synopsis of the content and Biography/filmography of Director/Producer (max. 250 words each)
* For nominated works, a copy of the work on disk must be provided in order to prepare subtitling as needed for showing during the Festival. In addition, a copy of the dialogue or narration (where applicable) must be provided for the purposes of translation and subtitling.
- Prints must arrive at the Festival Office no later than January 31, 2012.
- Participants must bear incoming shipping costs to the Festival. TICFF will cover the expense of return shipments.
- Screening copies will be returned within a month following the festival. Exceptions will be made under special requests.
Nominated films/episodes may be included in TICFF screening tours following the festival and up until October 31, 2012, as an outreach to disadvantaged ethnic and social groups who lack the means of traveling to Taipei for the event. These screenings will be made free to the public, with no revenues collected by TICFF or by its organizer, Public Television Service. Festival entrants will be notified in advance.
Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival
Public Television Service Foundation
100, Lane 75, Section 3, Kang-Ning Road
Taipei, Taiwan 114