MISSION & OBJECTIVE
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival promotes the diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences. We break open the one-dimensional stereotypes of the “Oriental” and advocate for diversity and inclusion in mainstream media. DisOrient believes in the power of film to educate and positively transform our communities and the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

DisOrient is the premiere Asian American film festival in Oregon. For 14 years, we have presented the rich diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander stories. We use the W.E.B. DuBois standard "for us, by us, or about us" when selecting films. Our festival serves as a launching point for understanding, inquiry and action. We goal is for increased API representation in film--not only just with API stories, but any good story that features Asian American/Pacific Islanders on screen in wide-ranging roles. We are proud to showcase and promote the work of AAPI filmmakers and actors.

Eugene lies at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, 50 miles east of the Oregon coast. Home of the University of Oregon and nicknamed "Tracktown, USA", Eugene celebrates art and intellectual curiosity with earthy hospitality and lighthearted quirkiness.

Our friendly, all-volunteer staff provides both professionalism and laid back Eugene hospitality. Our modern, spacious venue on the UO campus is open and vibrant and inspires connections. Come see why DisOrient is a favorite among filmmakers!

14th Annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
BELIEVE THAT FILM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
March 15 – March 17, 2019
www.disorientfilm.org

Awards are given for Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Doc, Audience Award and the Jason D. Mak Award for Social Justice.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
• To be considered for competition, entries must have completed production after November 30, 2016.
• Entries must have either a principal that identifies as Asian/Pacific Islander (writer, producer, director, main actor, cinematographer) –OR- be about an Asian/Pacific Islander experience or subject –OR- be made with Asian/Pacific Islander Americans as the target audience. (“For us, by us, or about us”)

REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS

1. Entry Deadlines & Fees: Early Deadline October 1 $20 USD
Regular Deadline November 17 $30 USD
Late Deadline December 3 $40 USD
• We do not provide waivers; we encourage artists to take advantage of the early deadline discount . There is no entry fee for Oregon Student Film Competition submissions.
• If paying by check, please make checks or M.O. payable to “C.A.B.A” and mail to:
DisOrient Film Festival
1430 Willamette Street #30
Eugene, OR 97401-4049

• NOTE: The festival does NOT pay rental or appearance fees.

2. Preview Format: A password-protected Vimeo (720p optimal) link or secured online screener MUST be uploaded at the time of submission. This link must remain active and working through March 2019.

3. Electronic Press Kit Packet & Materials, uploaded to FilmFreeway. Press kit must include:
• 2 OR MORE Print quality still images (at least 300 dpi)
• Synopsis (long and short versions)
• Director’s biography & statement
• List of cast and crew, awards, and festival appearances
• Link to a downloadable theatrical trailer (in full quality DV or QuickTime format).
* Note: If you are a student, please list student year and school.

4. Mandatory qualification questionnaire:
• Does your film have a principal that identifies as Asian/Pacific Islander? (writer, producer, director, animator, cinematographer, main actor)
• Name of principal(s), the role they played, and their ethnicity
• Does the subject matter address an Asian/Pacific Islander experience.? How?
• Is the target audience Asian/Pacific Islander Americans?

*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 FORMATS
•Feature-Length: Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) or an Apple ProRes file in its native resolution and frame rate with either stereo or 5/1 audio tracks.
•Shorts: Digital; D-Cinema (DCP) or an Apple ProRes file in its native resolution and frame rate, with either stereo or 5/1 audio tracks.

SHIPPING
Exhibition copies or electronic file of invited entries must be received at DisOrient Film Festival no later than 30 days prior to its scheduled screening. Return or forward shipping will be covered by DisOrient Film Festival.

By submitting, the filmmaker or authorized representative of the submitted work, hereby grant the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association (CABA) to publicly display the submitted work both during the festival and for “Best of” 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 Film Festival and CABA are 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 assumes full liability for any and all copyright infringement. DisOrient reserves the right to amend policies at its discretion.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting, the filmmaker or authorized representative of the submitted work, hereby grants the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association (CABA), to publicly display the submitted work both during the festival and for special screenings and promotional events for the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon held at the discretion of the festival (if selected) and understand that the festival does not pay rental or appearance fees. In addition, you agree that the DisOrient Film Festival and CABA are 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 submission to DisOrient also certifies that you have received all appropriate copyright clearances and assumes full liability for any and all copyright infringement. DisOrient reserves the right to amend policies at its discretion.

DisOrient is a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association (CABA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural arts organization that also runs youth groups such as the Chinese Lion Dance Troupe, which is comprised of middle school, high school, and college age students. CABA also offers college scholarships for local Asian American youth and aspiring filmmakers.

Overall Rating
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  • Ciara Lacy

    We were really grateful to have our film in the hands of Susan Hirata and her team. They set-up an incredibly thoughtful screening for our film, and I received some really great feedback from the audience. I hope to have the privilege to show with DisOrient again in the future!

    May 2018
  • Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

    DisOrient Film Festival is one of the most amazing festivals I have ever participated in. The coordinators are super communicative and go out of there way to make sure that filmmakers who are screening their films are accommodated and included in the program. On top of that, I appreciate the progressive values that the film festival presents, and the way it highlights different narratives within the community. Thank you DisOrient Film Festival for the opportunity to share my piece in this year's program!

    April 2018
  • Jason Karman

    This is an excellent film festival to attend, because they are well organized, the audience is engaged, and lots of filmmakers from Canada and across the US come out.

    April 2018
  • harleen singh

    The most amazing festival that I have been to.

    1- Well Organized - It was extremely well organized. The organizing team thought through every single detail and were well prepared

    2- Networking - Quite a few film makers showed up and we all had enough opportunity to exchange notes and contribute towards discussions and share our wisdom too

    3- Communication- The team was extremely responsive and responded to queries within minutes. Advance planning, clear communication, connecting key members through emails , sharing pertinent phone numbers etc were all part of an awesome communication plan

    4- Hospitality - The organizers, volunteers, those who opened their homes for homestay - all of them were super nice. By the end of the three days I felt they were family. They made sure every single film maker was treated well and given a fantastic time

    Audience - The community overall was very supportive, interactive and quite involved.

    Highly recommend this film festival to all film makers. High quality festival and certainly high value.

    April 2018