ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
As Oregon's premiere Asian American film festival, DisOrient is celebrating 19 years of presenting the richness and breadth of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander stories and voices. We are committed to promoting social justice and increasing AANHPI representation. We don’t limit to specifically AANHPI stories, but invite submission of good stories that feature Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in front of and/or behind the camera, in wide-ranging roles.

DisOrient proudly maintains this Pacific Northwest platform to amplify diverse voices--and your film will have an impact! Home to the University of Oregon and host of the Track and Field World Championships, Eugene is both down to earth and internationally recognized. Our festival attracts an eclectic, intelligent audience that enthusiastically supports our festival. DisOrient is known for thoughtfully curated films and friendly Eugene hospitality, and is a favorite among attending filmmakers.

We are planning for a 3-day, in-person 2024 festival, with a limited virtual program on Eventive. We are committed to healthy gatherings and will make adjustments as challenging times require. As a volunteer-run film festival, all submission fees go directly towards producing the festival.

We believe in the power of film to bring people together and to inspire positive change!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DISORIENT:

DisOrient is a dream festival experience. The staff and volunteers make you feel welcomed into a cinematic family and do everything to make one feel at home among a group of dedicated people who care about film and social justice. It's a true community experience and I can't wait to return with a future film! Chihiro Wimbush, DisOrient 2022

Seeing so many Asian stories told from an Asian perspective is both strange and wonderful. Representation does matter! Never having been truly represented before, I didn’t realize how deeply touching it is. Passholder, DisOrient 2022

Thank you for being bold and supporting us, and looking into the future of diverse APA filmmaking. Chris Chan Lee, DisOrient 2022

Wow, so honored to be a part of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival! They really care about social justice issues, promoting diversity and inclusion, and strengthening and building community. Thank you so much! -Ben Phantom, 2021 filmmaker and musician

Thank you so much for putting on this amazing festival! We found the films to be a wonderfully-curated mix, presenting important issues in uniquely creative ways that continue to provoke valuable discussions within our household to this day. -Audience member, 2021

Thank you for making this experience such a pleasant and enriching one. I have heard that not all festivals are run this smoothly or with as much care, so I applaud you for doing such a stellar job. -Kayla Sotomil, DisOrient 2020

Hats off to DisOrient for creating the best festival experience ever! Top marks for communication, organization, hospitality, warmth, professionalism, enthusiasm, audience diversity, venue quality and caliber of featured works. -Lawrence Chau, DisOrient 2019

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
DisOrient is an Asian American Film Festival that celebrates independent films with authentic Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices, histories and stories. We promote representation, diversity and inclusion to broaden the narrative of who is American and to strengthen and build community. We highlight social justice themes that translate to universal human experiences.

AWARDS ARE GIVEN FOR:
• Best Feature Narrative
• Best Feature Documentary
• Best Short Narrative
• Best Short Documentary
• Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative Film
• Audience Award for Best Short Narrative Film
• Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary Film
• Audience Award for Best Short Documentary Film
• Jason D. Mak Award for Social Justice

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
To be considered for selection, entries must have completed production after December 15, 2021

We are seeking films “For us, by us and/or about us". Entries must have one of the following:
•A principal that identifies as Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (writer, producer, director, main actor, cinematographer)
•Be about an Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander experience or subject
•Be made with Asian Americans/Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders as the target audience

REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS

1. Entry Deadlines and Fees
Early Deadline October 28-- Features: $20 USD; $16 Gold
Regular Deadline November 18-- Features: $30 USD; $24 Gold
Late Deadline December 16-- Feature: $40 USD; $32 Gold
All shorts: $15 USD; All music videos: $15 USD

• We do not provide waivers; we encourage artists to take advantage of the early deadline discount. We are a volunteer-run festival and all submission fees go directly towards running the festival.
• Please read through our submission criteria carefully--we do not provide refunds to unqualified submissions. Feel free to contact us if you have a question or need clarification.

• NOTE: We are a volunteer-run festival and as a policy we do not pay screening fees. DisOrient’s mission is to provide a high-quality platform to celebrate and amplify authentic AANHPI voices and stories. Our presence is valued and needed in Oregon and we rise to the occasion with our thoughtfully curated programming.

2. Preview format:
All submissions must be digital. Please provide a working link to an online version of your film on FilmFreeway and/or Vimeo at the time of submission, as well as any passwords necessary to view the film. Please include a Vimeo or YouTube link to a film trailer, if available. Trailers must be set to allow downloads and films must be accessible through March 31, 2024.

3. Electronic Press Kit Packet & Materials, uploaded to FilmFreeway. Press kit must include:
• 2 OR MORE Still images in PNG or JPEG with the following sizes:
Poster Image, Recommended Size: 2:3 aspect ratio
Cover Image: Size 960x380 px
Still Image for Virtual Screening: Size 1920x1080px
Other images (e.g headshots, misc. stills, etc.): Max. 400px width
• Synopsis (long and short versions)
• Director’s biography & statement
• List of cast and crew, awards, and festival appearances
• Link to a downloadable trailer (MP4 or MOV file in 1080p and 23.98 or 24 fps). Clips that do not meet these specifications may not be included in promotional material for the festival.)

4. Mandatory qualification questionnaire:
(Note: Your detailed answers to these questions are an important piece of the submission packet and help us evaluate how your film aligns with our mission.)

• Does your film have a principal that identifies as AANHPI? (writer, producer, director, animator, cinematographer, main actor)
• We are NOT an international film festival. If your film does not include a North American or Pacific Islander subject, director, writer, or lead actor, please explain how your film meets our submission criteria.
•Please include names of principal(s), the role they played, and their ethnicity.
• Does the subject matter address an AANHPI experience? How?
• Is the target audience AANHPI? Explain.
• How did you hear about DisOrient?

*Note: If your film is selected, the festival may also request the following items to maximize exposure for your film: posters, director's photo, trailers, clips, press releases.

Exhibition Copies for Theater screening:

All feature or short form exhibition copies must use a frame rate of 23.98 or 24 fps, and may be submitted in one of the following formats:

2K or 4K DCP
(This is the preferred format, and will play back in the highest quality.)

BLU-RAY. (We cannot play DVDs!)

QUICKTIME FILE using exactly these specs:
.mov or .mp4
H264 codec
23.98 or 24 fps frame rate
1920x1080 resolution
AAC audio
Please no ProRes or other formats.

DELIVERY OPTIONS:
Via DropBox, WeTransfer, FileMail, etc., GoogleDrive, or post.

Exhibition Copy uploaded to Eventive for Virtual program (if applicable).

Additionally, we would like to expand our closed-captioned offerings; CLOSED-CAPTIONED EXHIBITION COPIES ARE NOT REQUIRED, BUT ARE ENCOURAGED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting a film for consideration, the filmmaker or authorized representative of the submitted work, hereby grant the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon permission to publicly display the submitted work both during the festival and for “Encore” and special screenings held at the discretion of the festival (if selected) and understand that the festival does not pay rental fees or appearance fees. In addition, you agree that the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is not liable for any loss or damage to screeners or exhibition prints and cannot be held financially responsible for any other damages. Submitted preview materials will not be returned. You also agree to allow use of stills, audio, and video clips from the submitted work for promotional purposes. Your signature also certifies that you have received all appropriate copyright clearances and assume full liability for any and all copyright infringement. DisOrient Asian American Film Festival reserves the right to amend policies at its discretion.

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

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  • DisOrient was truly one of the best film festival experiences we've had with any of our films. They are extremely hospitable, going out of their way to help traveling filmmakers to attend. The film selection was terrific, and the venue was lovely. Can't wait to attend again!

    April 2024
  • Kay Liu

    A huge thank you to the DisOrient team for an amazing festival weekend! DisOrient has a close-knit environment, a friendly + brilliant group of filmmakers and filmgoers, and a diverse, thought-provoking lineup of films: what more could you want in a festival?
    All the wonderful folks involved at DisOrient made us feel so welcome, from the volunteers to the programmers to the audience. We can't say enough good things about DisOrient! Apply apply apply - you won't regret it :)

    April 2024
  • Bea Hesselbart

    Grateful to have been included in this year's festival! Great communication from staff– felt included even though I was not able to attend in person. Thank you!

    March 2024
  • We weren't able to attend in person unfortunately, even so their virtual festival was exciting and inclusive. A great Asian American and Pacific film festival with very kind and accommodating staff - highly recommend! Hope to attend in-person in the future!

    March 2024
  • Leah Xiuzhen Rathe

    DisOrient was an incredibly supportive, passionate, and welcoming environment. Whether a film was 3 minutes, like mine, or a feature, the DisOrient team seemed to truly cared about everyone. Whether they be a filmmaker or attendee, they made an effort to make everyone feel seen, heard, and validated throughout the whole festival. For instance, those who conducted Q&A’s had really thoughtful questions prepared, and the DisOrient team provided many opportunities to the filmmakers to discuss their films and share with attendees and other filmmakers. It was truly an inspirational and healing space that uplifted diverse AAPHI stories and communities. DisOrient’s organization, intention, and compassion was unparalleled. It was an honor to share CHOPSTICK alongside so many incredible films. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing festival!

    March 2024