The inaugural Taiwanese American Film Festival was a major success!

The one-day event was held this past summer in Downtown LA. With an intimate showcase of 17 unique films and a sold out panel discussion, we celebrated the achievements of up and coming filmmakers to delighted audiences throughout the day.

Our second edition of the Taiwanese American Film Festival will be held on August 3-4, 2018 returning to the Downtown Independent Theater in DTLA. The festival will continue to be the premiere showcase for films and media works by Taiwanese international and Taiwanese American filmmakers.

Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the platform for this growing creative community and to help emerging filmmakers in their next cinematic venture.

With an additional night this year, we plan to expand our program which will also include an Awards Ceremony, opening and closing celebrations, an industry panel, and a variety of food and drink vendors plus art and music attractions.

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ORGANIZER INFORMATION:

Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) enhances the Taiwanese-American community by networking individuals interested in professional and career development while emphasizing the promotion and preservation of Taiwanese American cultural identity.

TAP-LA is a chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals, a national program of Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). TAP chapters make up the largest network of Taiwanese American young professionals in the United States, and can be found in most major cities spanning coast to coast.

Established as a program by Taiwanese American Professionals of Los Angeles — The Taiwanese American Film Festival will serve its second year organized by a crafty and passionate team of experienced individuals from the film and startup industries.

The Taiwanese American Film Festival recognizes filmmaking achievement through presentation of juried and balloted awards.

These include:

FESTIVAL GRAND JURY AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates overall excellence in content and cinematic technique. $2500 cash prize towards recipient's next cinematic production.

CULTURAL SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates an innovative way to highlight Taiwanese culture and/or issues. $1000 cash prize towards recipient’s next cinematic production.

AUDIENCE AWARDS
Presented to an audience favorite film, as chosen by audience ballot from each of the screening blocks. Prizes will be sponsored by announced filmmaking resources - Value $500 for each recipient.

ELIGIBILITY:

The Taiwanese American Film Festival accepts short films and mediaworks directed, written or produced by a Taiwanese and/or Taiwanese American person.

If the director, writer, producer is non-Taiwanese, the film must involve Taiwanese themes about, but not limited to, Taiwanese and/or Taiwanese American culture, history and experiences.

Currently we are accepting short films, music videos and/or media works under 25 mins in length that have been produced after January 1, 2016. ALL genres are eligible for consideration.
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AWARDS ELIGIBILITY:

Select Taiwanese American and Taiwanese International short films and mediaworks are eligible for the Festival's awards, which includes:
• FESTIVAL GRAND JURY AWARD
• CULTURAL SPOTLIGHT AWARD
• AUDIENCE AWARDS

All awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony of the Festival.
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EXHIBITION FORMATS:

ALL invited short films and digital submissions will be screened as D-Cinema and will be converted into a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) covered by the Festival.

Only digital formats. Quicktime file, D- Cinema (DCP) with required .MOV file conforming to Apple ProRes 422 HQ (1920 x 1080 24p 48 kHz)

35mm film, HDCam, Mini DV, Digibeta, Blu-ray, and DVD are not acceptable for exhibition.

Exhibition formats of invited entries must be sent to the Festival to arrive by June 22, 2018.
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PREVIEW FORMATS:

Password-protected Vimeo (NTSC-format, 720p optimal; URL and password should be embedded within your cover letter); secure online screener.

The film festival accepts all entry materials electronically; in an effort to be environmentally responsible, physical DVD screeners are strongly discouraged.

Physical entry materials will not be returned.
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ENTRY DEADLINE:

Signed entry form, screener, press kit and entry fee must be filed via Filmfreeway.com; to be RECEIVED by one of these dates:

EARLY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
REGULAR DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
FINAL DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018
EXTENDED DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

Entries must be postmarked by the date of the Final Deadline. (i.e. Submission for Regular Deadline Submissions should be postmarked by March 9th, 2018 at the latest.)
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ENTRY FEES:

EARLY DEADLINE: $15 U.S. and International Entries
REGULAR DEADLINE: $25 U.S. and International Entries
FINAL DEADLINE: $35 U.S. and International Entries
EXTENDED DEADLINE: $45 U.S. and International Entries

In U.S. funds, payable to TAIWANESE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL OF LOS ANGELES.

Taiwanese American Professional Members submit for FREE! Limit one waiver per member. Find out more about Taiwanese American Professionals Membership at http://www.tap-la.org/subscribe/
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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

If your entry is selected for exhibition, The Festival will also request the following optional materials to maximize exposure for your film: posters, postcards, broadcast-quality clip reel, etc.
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SUBTITLES:
Invited entries in language(s) other than English MUST be subtitled in English.
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SCREENING FEES:
The Festival does not pay screening fees. Instead, we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.

Any additional inquiries, please email: tafilmfestival@tap-la.org