The Taiwanese American Film Festival (TAFF) is an annual non-profit arts and culture
program that has quickly become the nation’s premiere showcase for Taiwanese
American cinema and filmmaking talent.

Founded by a group of young Taiwanese artists in 2017, the vision of TAFF is to cultivate
and champion the next generation of emerging Taiwanese filmmakers, by creating a
platform to celebrate their work. Our values center on authenticity, community,
inclusiveness, and empowering the Artist.

TAFF has continued to break audience and box office milestones each year and in only
its second iteration, was officially recognized by the presiding President of Taiwan, Tsai
Ing Wen.

Our third edition of the Taiwanese American Film Festival will be held on November 16th, 2019 in DTLA. The festival will continue to be the premiere showcase for films and media works by Taiwanese international and Taiwanese American filmmakers.

The Taiwanese American Film Festival will nurture the next generation of Taiwanese American filmmakers who are ready to capture audiences with their unique brand of filmmaking and storytelling.

In our third year, we are seeking filmmakers with original TV pilot and/or feature ideas to pitch their projects before a panel of jurors for a chance to receive a monetary prize towards their production.

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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.

GRAND JURY AWARD:

The grand jury prize winner will be awarded a monetary prize of $5,000 towards their project. Winner will be selected by a panel of jurors from the film industry.

ELIGIBILITY:

The Taiwanese American Film Festival accepts original TV pilot and/or feature film projects by filmmakers of Taiwanese descent. Projects must be a new, original TV pilot and/or feature film that includes major Taiwanese-American elements, including subject matter, writers, directors, main cast (existing formal attachments only), etc. Adaptations are not eligible unless the original idea is your own in an alternative format. All genres and formats (animation, narrative, documentary, and/or experimental) are eligible for consideration.

Each entrant warrants that the submitted project is not currently under option and/or contingent sale agreement. The entrant and all submitted material must abide by all U.S. copyright law.

Out of state and international applicants are welcome. Remote mentorship is available. Finalists are encouraged to be in Los Angeles at least a week before the festival date. All finalists are required to attend the film festival.

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RESOURCES:

Industry mentors will work with selected finalists for a month prior to the competition to develop their projects and prepare them to pitch in front of a live audience and juror panel. In addition to mentorship, TAFF will be providing networking opportunities, referrals to facilities and equipment, and a recommended list of actors for each finalist.

SELECTION PROCESS:

(6) finalists will be selected based on their artistic innovation, demonstrated commitment to their arts and communities, as well as the quality and thoughtfulness of their intended project.

GRAND JURY AWARD:

The grand jury prize winner will be awarded a monetary prize of $5,000 towards their project. Winner will be selected by a panel of jurors from the film industry.

Finalists will be announced by September 16th, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY:

The purpose of submitting these elements to is to help us understand your personal experience and artistic identity. Feel free to include all relevant material.

All entries must be submitted with the following:

- Personal Statement (Video or Written) Tell us about who you are and why your project is relevant for the Taiwanese American Film Festival Pitch Competition.
- Creative sample work (5 min or less)
- Project Synopsis
- Relevant Pitch Materials
- Submission Fee
Optional:
- Video submission (this can be a personal video about the filmmaker, sizzle/teaser they may have already shot about their idea, etc)
- Reference Letter

DEADLINES & FEES:

Earlybird Submission - July 1st ($40/project)*
Regular Submission - August 5th ($50/project)*
Late Submission - September 2nd ($65/project)*
Extended Submission - September 10th ($80/project)*

Please direct any further questions to TAFFPITCHPROGRAM@gmail.com