The LGBTQI+ film festival hosted in 2 major cities in Taiwan !
Since the 1980s, Taiwan has witnessed waves of democratic movements in both the political and cultural arenas. The fight for gay rights took root in the 90s and has steadily grown. Since 2000, events such as the Gay Pride Parade have taken place, starting in Taipei, then gradually spreading to many other cities. All this is possible only through the grassroots efforts of many people who together have created a multi-faceted LGBT culture in Taiwan, garnering the title of the most gay-friendly country in Asia. In particular, after the long-term social movement from all walks of life in Taiwan and the countless political debates in parliament and in public space, our parliament just legalized same-sex marriage on 17 May 2019 and Taiwan is the first Asian country that legalizes same-sex marriage. However, despite these localized successes, Taiwan still lacks a central voice, one that gathers the strengths of the diverse LGBT groups to establish a friendly bond with the government, its people, and the rest of the world.
With the belief that the power of films and media can help to create this bond, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival aims to establish ourselves as the premier LGBT film festival in all of Asia. It is important not only to present to the Taiwanese people LGBT films from around the globe, but also to showcase the best Taiwanese queer cinema on the international stage. This will be the start toward a better understanding of the visions of the world.
The film festival is only possible with government support, corporate sponsorship, and, most importantly, the countless friends and volunteers who have made themselves available to work toward this cause. This ensemble cast is evidence of Taiwan's tireless effort and dedication toward cultural progress. Together, with the power of these moving images, we will transform the world, one heart at a time.
Thank you for your support!
2020 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival Call for Entry:
1. Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (TIQFF), established in 2014, is organized by Taiwan International Media and Education Association (TIMEA).
2. The 2020 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is scheduled from the late August to early-September. Post-festival, we will also host single screenings on nationwide tours.
3. TIQFF is now open for submissions. We welcome Asian short films and the feature-length films (including non-Asian and Asian feature films). The short and feature film format include documentaries, experimental films and animations. This year, our Asian shorts program only focuses on the Asian LGBTQI-centered stories which means that the film shall be talking about the Asian LGBTQI+ characters in Asia including South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The films must have been completed after Jan. 1st, 2018.
4. The main message of the film has to be LGBTQI-related. Work-in-progress films will not
be accepted. This year's theme is “After Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage”.
5. All selected films can only be screened in DCP or Blu-ray formats.
6. Selected films will be screened in their original version. English subtitles must be provided for any non-English films.
7. Chinese language films should have both traditional Chinese characters and English subtitles.
Deadline of Submissions and Materials
1. Deadline for submissions: 31 March, 2020. The Festival is not obliged to view any late entries.
2. Materials needed for a complete submission:
*A DVD or a link to the screener (full version). Online Screener with secured password or
high-resolution file is highly preferred.
3. If your submission is successful, you will receive a confirmation email which you can download, keep or print for your records. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
1. After selected by TIQFF, participants must send the following materials:
*Press Kit / Film stills (300 dpi & 3-5 photos)
*A photo, biography & filmography of the director
*Dialogue lists (in both English & original language)
*Trailer / Poster / Original soundtrack if available
2. TIQFF has the right to use the film stills/text/extracts (limited to 10% of the total length and not exceeding 3 mins) for promotional activities in, but not limited to the Internet, print media, TV spots, etc.
3. The selected films, made with the format of Blu-Ray along with the Chinese subtitles, are stored in our TIQFF Film Archive. Those films will be held strictly confidential for the research purpose only and without any commercial intent.
4. TIMEA undertakes to use these films exclusively for its own strictly cultural, non- commercial purposes. Prior and during the festival, films will be shown to professionals
for the purpose of promotion, translation, news broadcasts, etc. The screener of selected film will also be stored in the TIMEA’s archive and viewed by only the film industry professionals during the festival.
Dispatch of the Prints of Selected Films
1. Detailed print/video shipment information will follow upon acceptance of the film.
2. The Festival will pay for round trip transportation of the print. However, if the print is to be sent to another festival, the charges should be covered by the receiver.
3. All prints will be returned within four weeks after the festival. If the film has to be returned to another address, this has to be marked on the application form as well as the desired date of arrival at the return address.
4. Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival in writing within four weeks after return and prior to any following screening. In case of damage or loss of a film during the festival, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new print.
Kuo-Wei Lan, PhD 籃國維
International Liaison 國際聯絡
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (TIQFF)