TCFF was founded out of a need. Hong Kong, as amazing a place it is, truly lacks a prolific independent art and film scene. We want to fill this void with a film festival that brings international independent films to Hong Kong and expose Hong Kong to the independent film world.
TCFF offers everyone involved to be a part of Hong Kong’s first truly international independent film festival.
The Third Culture Film Festival is curated into themed blocks. In 2016 we had the following blocks:
-Animation, It Ain't Disney
-The Realm of the Senses
-Fairytales & Dystopia
-Food, Family, Kids, Parents
-Love & Confusion
We also had a special block curated for children.
Awards & Prizes
The TCFF will give awards (sorry no cash prizes as of yet) in the following categories. (This list is subject to change)
People's Choice award
Spirit of Hong Kong Award
Social Impact Award
Best Animated Character
Best Director of Photography
Best Sound Design
Best Action Sequence
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
People's Choice award – This will be decided by the audience that attend the festival. Attendees of the festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film.
Spirit of Hong Kong Award – Given to the film that best celebrates Hong Kong in its own way whether it be location, style, humour, etc.
Oram-Jafri Award – This award is given by the festivals two founders, to the film they wish to honour. It is to be decided after the other awards have been declared, this award will go to the film they feel deserves special recognition especially if it came close in several categories but yet did not win.
-Best Animated Character - Not many film festivals have this category. We wish to honour the creativity of animators - they are not just technicians, but are also often the writers and directors of their movie. We are keen to celebrate originality and creativity.
-Best Action Sequence - Even at the Oscars, stunt men and their choreographers are still not recognised. Especially in a city like Hong Kong, the home of Bruce Lee. With a strong background of action stars that perform their own stunts from Jackie Chan to Donnie Yen. We wish to celebrate these artists with this award. This award is not limited to fight sequences, but will include nominations from dance sequences and sports.
Social Impact Award - Given to the film that best makes a comment on society or a social issue.
-Outliers Award - To be awarded to a unique film that deserves recognition for its originality, its shock factor, or its ability to make a lasting impression. A film that pushes boundaries and has qualities that are hard to quantify.
Best Abstract – Given to the best film that is purely visual, devoid of any narrative and often not figurative.
The award for 2016 was designed by Faiyaz Jafri, the designer of the 2017 award to be announced.
Rules & Terms
2017 Edition submissions will OPEN IN JULY 2016
Deadlines are as follows:
Earlybird deadline: July 31, 2016 (Free)
Regular deadline: November 30, 2016 (Free)
Late deadline: December 31, 2016 (30USD)
For a greener planet, TCFF only accepts online submissions via FilmFreeway.com.
All non-English language entries must have English subtitles.
Screening or Rental Fees:
TCFF does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.
Maximum running time, including credits is 25 minutes .
There is no minimum running time.
Projects submitted to the Festival must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
Works-In-Progress are not considered.
Film submitted to or selected at previous editions are not considered.
We would love to have Hong Kong premieres, but it is not a requirement.
Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.
By submitting to the festival, you are automatically considered for any of the monthly screenings.
Rights and liability:
All entered films must be the original work of the author or authors. Multiple authorship allowed. TCFF and its organisers shall not be responsible directly or indirectly for any liability arising from any violation of any copyright laws.
TCFF is granted the right to use the submitted films and film stills for promotional purposes on the internet, television and other media. An excerpt of max. 10% of the length of each submitted film may be used for that purpose.