About us:

The MINT Chinese Film Festival is the first Chinese film festival held in Keswick, in the heard of the northern English Lake District, Cumbria, UK. The festival is co-founded by Yixiang Shirley Lin (MSc graduate in Film, Exhibition and Curation), and Carol Rennie (MSc and PhD in Chinese Literature), owner/operator of the Keswick Alhambra Cinema.

The Festival will be launched on 3-5 February 2023 at the Alhambra Cinema, Keswick, UK. The 2023 edition focuses on the cross-cultural communication of Chinese cinema and women’s representation in film, providing an occasion for filmmakers, spectators, critics and scholars to watch, award and discuss Chinese film. The three main parts of the festival include 1) the feature film and short film programmes, 2) panel discussions/workshops, 3) the Audiences' Choice Award for the best short film, and Q&As

The festival curation takes into account a mixture of industry and academia in inviting film professionals, student societies and experts to deliver productive events to be involved in this festive environment with collective synergies that allow them to share their valuable experiences and thoughts. There will be a rich film programme that combines a selection of Chinese language films in different formats with paratextual events, including cultural workshops, pop-up events, panel discussions, and filmmaker's talks.

Our Vision:

The collections of the films at the 2023 Mint Chinese Film Festival are selected for the audiences to perceive Chinese language films with a fresh and alternative perspective - not merely as foreign language films for minority groups of audiences but films that are open to the audiences from all over the world.

电影节信息:

薄荷紫电影节(Mint Chinese Film Festival)是英国北部湖区首个华语主题影节。由新锐电影策展人林怡翔(Yixiang Shirley Lin)和英国独立影院主理人卡罗尔雷尼(Dr Carol Rennie)共同创立,聚焦华语电影的跨文化交流和女性形象的银幕再现。首届影展将于2023年2月3号-5号春节期间于英国凯瑟克阿罕布拉电影院(Keswick Alhambra Cinema)举行。这个由中英策展人联合创办的影节将包含三大板块:主题电影节目及短片联展、学术专题论坛 、以及观众选择奖展映评选与系列衍生活动。

展映愿景:

我们愿华语电影能褪去在世界电影文化中作为“外语片”“世界电影”等既往印象与刻板定义,与世界主流电影一样,让中英乃至其他国际观众平等地欣赏华语电影,对话华语电影人和创作者们,接纳多元的影像遗产。

The Audience Choice Award, the only competition strand of the MINT Chinese Film Festival

What do we offer to shortlisted filmmakers?

The festival provides filmmakers opportunities to live exhibitions, film promotion events, audience Q&A, forums and workshops and other sidebar events.

The winner of the Audiences' Choice Award will be announced after the event shortly. The sole winner may have the chance to obtain a digital prize, cash rewards, a cinema membership card, interviews with the press and international touring screenings opportunities in support of the filmmaker's future creative development.

观众选择奖

薄荷紫华语电影节首次公开征片主要面向华人和华语电影创作者进行短片征集。我们尤其鼓励女性导演、新人创作者投递创意短片作品,也欢迎全球资深影人推荐或自荐优秀中长片,让非常规类型/长度的电影走上英国影院的大荧幕,接触国际观众!
我们还将为入选的电影创作者提供多重放映交流机会,包括并不限于:电影展映、国际推介及宣发、主创交流、专题论坛和系列衍生互动活动。薄荷紫将为入选短片创立观众选择奖,获奖者有机会获得数字奖杯、现金奖励、电影院会员卡、独家深度访谈及可能的全球巡展机会。

Submissions open from 05 December 2022 to 10 January 2023

Submission Guidelines:

-Eligibility:

(1) films made in the Chinese-speaking world or within the Chinese Diaspora.
OR
(2) by Chinese filmmakers working anywhere in the world OR a filmmaker of ANY nationality who captures a sense of Chinese story or Chinese culture anywhere in the world.

-Deadline:

Regular: January 1st, 2023. 4pm (Time in Greenwich, London, UK)
Delay: January 10th, 2023. 4pm(Time in Greenwich, London, UK))

-Qualification:

Production Time: Recent short films made after 2018
Feature-length films are considered for submission. (Film produced no earlier than 2020). Interests in exhibiting feature-length films should be submitted via email that is titled “feature film submission”

Format:
Resolution >= 1920*1080p; Format H. 264, MP4.
Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide an H. 264 MP4 file or a DCP of your film and promotional kist, including high-quality film stills, film synopsis, film filmmaker biographies and high-quality trailer and so on)

Length:

Short films: Less than 40 mins; Mid-length: 40-60 mins.

We accept overarching genres and formats including but limited to narrative films, experimental films, documentaries, animations, a single episode from the film series, poetry films, essay films, and artists’ moving images.

We do not accept advertisements, promotion videos, MV, Vlog and Tiktok videos.

Subtitles:

All films to submit must include English subtitles. We recommend submitting the film with burned-in English and Chinese subtitles. The Srt subtitles file is accepted by email to the festival team.

Subtitles in Chinese are recommended if the language of the film is non-Chinese.

NOTICE: All films must be submitted via Film Freeway; the festival committee does not accept other platforms of submission.

If any problems or questions occur before the deadline, please email us: mintchinesefilmfest@gmail.com

-报名须知:

1.报名资格:

1)主创团队(导演、制片)来自中国/华语地区,或具有华人文化认同(含华裔)。
2)电影内容为华语主题(华语主题包括不局限于华人社群、华人故事、华裔视角、华人文化认同等)。

(以上2条满足其中一条即可,请各位报名者仔细阅读并确认好参展资质)

2. 报名截止日期

常规截止日期: 2023 年 1月1日 下午16:00 (英国伦敦时间)
特殊延期日期: 2023年 1月10日 下午16:00(英国伦敦时间)

建议大家尽早投递,以便电影节组委会及专业评审团有充足时间阅片、审片。

3. 报名与影片投递步骤:

1)影片投递至官方唯一指定通道FilmFreeway并按网页要求填写信息即视为报名成功

注意:
报名信息请务必按网站要求详尽填写电影及相关资料,重要信息缺失将影响评审环节

影展推荐(不强制)报名者在Filmfreeway官网勾选”允许影节在征得报名者同意后下载数码原片”这一选项,以便作品入选后续沟通(见下图)

如有问题请在截止日期1月10日前及时咨询影节团队:mintchinesefilmfest@gmail.com

3. 影片投递要求及细则

制片时间要求:
短片制片日期不得早于2018年。
优秀长片也将纳入考虑(制片日期不得早于2020年),如有意向进行长片展映,请务必于常规截止日期1月1日前投递并在报名邮件中备注“长片投递”。

技术规格要求:

投稿作品视频文件分辨率不低于1920×1080P
若影片入选,请务必在影展开展前一周提交DCP或分辨率为1920×1080P 的MP4文件, 格式为H. 264
入选作品需要提交相关材料及预告片用于宣传,分辨率及格式同上

时长要求:
短片时间40分钟以内,无最短时间限制。
中短片40-60分钟。

体裁内容要求:
体裁流派不限,剧情、叙事、实验、动画、纪录片、剧集电影(单集)、散文电影、诗电影等影像作品均可。
非广告、文旅宣传片、公益片、MV、私人Vlog、营销剪辑短视频。

投递影片为原创作品,报名者是作品版权的合法持有人,不存在知识产权纠纷,并在需要的情况下按主办方要求提供相关放映授权书。

字幕要求:

非英语影片必须有英文字幕。非英语影片需内嵌英语字幕(中英双语字幕为佳)。如有特殊情况,可邮件影展工作人员附上srt字幕文件。

-审片维度和规则:

评选纬度:评审团将从电影美学、叙事结构、表达独创性、主题契合度四个维度进行综合评选。

所有参展影片经电影节组委会层层筛选,入围影片将在薄荷紫短片单元进行线下展映(包含但不限于导演Q&A机会),并角逐观众选择奖。

评选程序:所有符合要求的影片在投递成功后将由影展甄选的青年选片人分批次进行两轮审片,经策展团队内部复核后移交至电影选片组委会。最终入围的5部佳作将于1月22日由专业评审团联合决议产生,并在线下展映中经大众观众评选投票。得票数量最高者获得观众选择奖。

结果公布:入选作品将于终选日期后由主办方以邮件通知,届时请注意及时查看投稿邮箱。入选名单将于正式展映前于影节官方平台进行公示。

-特别声明

本活动不收取展映费用。常规截止日期前为免费报名;超出常规截止日期费用另见Filmfreeway。
2. 报名截止后,已报名影片不得撤回报名或随意退出展映活动
3. 凡报名参与本次“影展征片”,即被视为承认并接受本章程;主办方对以上征片规则及展映活动享有最终解释权。

主办方与报名者权利义务相关

1) 主办方权利义务相关:
主办方对于投稿的内容负有保密义务,经报名者同意之后方可使用相关内容。
2. 主办方对投稿内容,享有活动期内宣传推广及放映的权利。 经报名者同意之后, 主办方可在活动期外对投稿内容享有宣传推广及放映权利。

2) 报名者权利义务相关:
1. 报名者承诺本人享有投稿内容全球范围内完整知识产权或经知识产权权利人书面授权,并能按照本投稿规则行使上述知识产权权利,报名作品的知识产权归报名者所有或者行使;
2. 报名者承诺有投稿作品本身之合法性,不违反中英两国相关法律法规,不含有侵犯他人著作权和其他权益的内容,亦不侵犯任何第三方的合法权利。