【The 28th ifva Awards】
Organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre, ifva is an Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia (formerly the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards).

Founded in 1995, ifva serves as a platform that actively promotes and encourages creative talents in Asia, making short films, videos, animation and media art. With a cutting-edge vision and highlight independent spirit, ifva has evolved to promote different visual cultures while exploring the boundless potential of creative media. In addition to the annual competition and festival, ifva curates a host of programmes under two initiatives, “Cultivation” and “Engagement”. By connecting creative communities all over the world, ifva aims to engage everyone in the art of creation. ifva is also a core event of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong.

【Objectives】
1. To discover and nurture the next currents for local creative industry of moving images
2. To encourage creativity, aesthetics and innovative use of medium
3. To encourage cross-fertilization of creativity, knowledge and experience on media creation among different regions in Asia

【Categories*】
1. SHORT FILM | Asian New Force Category
Entries must be any type of short film (such as fiction, documentary, experimental, except commercials). Entrants have no age restriction. Entrants must be nationals / permanent residents of Asian countries and regions (excluding Hong Kong).

2. ANIMATION | Animation Category - Asia Division**
Entries must be animation works. Entrants have no age restriction. Entrants can be Hong Kong permanent residents (Hong Kong Division), or nationals / permanent residents of Asian countries and regions (Asia Division). All entries from Hong Kong and Asia will be assessed together.

3. VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) | VR Special Prize - Hong Kong and Asia Division***
Entries must be VR works. It can be in all forms and formats, including but not limited to VR360, 6DoF, interactive, room-scale, immersive, installation, and any other works that apply VR technology. Entrants have no age restriction. Entrants can be Hong Kong permanent residents (Hong Kong Division), or nationals / permanent residents of Asian countries and regions (Asia Division).

*For Hong Kong division, please visit www.ifva.com for details of other categories and submissions.
(FilmFreeway is ONLY available for entrants that are permanent residents of Asian countries, to enter the Asian New Force Category, Animation Category (Asia) and VR Special Prize. For other categories, please refer to our official website for details and submissions.)

**For Animation Category, all entries from Hong Kong and Asia will be assessed together.

***For VR Special Prize, all entries from Hong Kong and Asia will be assessed together.

Details will be announced in August 2022.

【The 28th ifva Awards Details and Regulations】

In the event of any discrepancies between the below rules and regulation, the full version of the 28th ifva Awards Details and Regulations shall prevail. The submission to ifva implies acceptance of this Details and Regulations. The English text of the Details and Regulations is the authentic and binding version.

(I) Basic Rules & Regulations

1. Hong Kong Arts Centre is the Organiser of “The 28th ifva Awards” and “The 28th ifva Festival”.

2. There are 5 categories in “The 28th ifva Awards” including the Open Category, Youth Category, Animation Category, Media Art Category and Asian New Force Category. Further, there is one Special Prize for virtual reality (“VR”) works (“VR Special Prize”).

3. To ensure fairness, jurors are not allowed to take part in the competition under the category and/or VR Special Prize for which they are a member of the Jury Panel, and staff of “The 28th ifva Awards” are not allowed to take part in the competition.

4. There is no restriction on the number of Entries submitted by each Entrant, but each Entry can only be entered for one category or the VR Special Prize.

5. Works that have been showcased, entered, or have won prizes in other contests may also be accepted.

6. Works that have been submitted to previous ifva Awards will not be accepted.

7. The screener/ artwork cannot be replaced by any other versions after the submission deadline, which is 6th October 2022 (Thursday), 6:00pm (Hong Kong Time).

8. Once the application is submitted, no Entrant is allowed to withdraw unless with written consent from the Organiser.

9. Winning Entries are assessed and decided by the Jury Panel of the respective categories or the VR Special Prize.

10. The Organiser and Jury Panel reserve the right to, and may at their absolute and sole discretion, disqualify any Entrant/Awardee that submits false, misleading, dishonest or untrue information and/or failed to comply with the rules and regulations of this competition stipulated herein. The decisions of the Organiser and Jury Panel shall be final and conclusive.

11. The submission to ifva implies acceptance of these Details and Regulations. In the event of any discrepancies between the English and Chinese versions of these Details and Regulations, the English version shall prevail. The Organiser has the sole and absolute discretion to make final decision in relation to issues which have not been covered in these Details and Regulations, the Entry Form and the Work Submission Form. The Organiser reserves the right to revise such regulations and forms from time to time. And reserves the right to make changes to the arrangements of the “The 28th ifva Awards” and/or “The 28th ifva Festival” at any time without any prior notice.

(II) Entry Requirements

1. Entry Fee
For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia), an Entry Fee of USD 15.00 per entry shall apply upon submission if the Entry is submitted after 11th August 2022 and before the deadline. This Entry Fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

2. Submission details
(A) Submission of Short Films and Animations:
- Only uploaded video in FilmFreeway or Vimeo link is accepted. If an Entrant submits an Entry by uploading to Vimeo or FilmFreeway, the following requirements should be met:
a. Resolution: 1280 x 720
b. Video codec: H.264
c. Bitrate: 4000kbps
d. Format: MOV or MP4 format
e. Size: not exceeding 4.7GB
- For an Entrant who submits an Entry via Vimeo, the video link and password (if any) provided must remain valid from submission until the announcement of finalists. An Entry will not be considered if the link or the password is invalid for any reason.

(B) Submission of Virtual Reality (VR) work:
- Please provide a download link if the work is in MP4 or MKV format.
- Please provide following items if the work is an executable file, application or in other format (E.g. EXE, APK):
a. A 2D/ 360 Playthrough in MOV or MP4 format; and
b. A download link of the work file
- The download link and password (if any) provided must remain valid from submission until the announcement of awardee. An Entry will not be considered if the link or the password is invalid for any reason.
- Entries must be compatible with Meta Quest VR Headset
- If the work includes installation or performative elements, the Entrant can submit the concept and design of work, demo video, technical requirement, set up plan and diagram as reference.

3. Production & Completion Date:
(A) For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia):
Must be produced or updated on or after 1st October 2021. Re-submission of the past entrant works will not be considered.

(B) For Entrants of VR Special Prize:
Must be produced or updated on or after 1st October, 2020

4. Duration:
(A) For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia):
The maximum running time of Entries is 30 minutes (including end credits).

(B) For Entrants of VR Special Prize:
Unlimited film length

5. Subtitles:
(A) For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia):
The entries must be with English subtitles

(B) For Entrants of VR Special Prize:
The entries must be with English subtitles /dubbing/ interface for non-English language works

(III) Entrant Eligibilities

1. Entrants have no age restriction.

2. Nationality
(A) For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia):
Entrants must be national / permanent residents of any Asian countries and regions* (excluding Hong Kong permanent residents). Entrants must submit a photocopy of valid identification documents (e.g. passport) for eligibility verification. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any submitted work if the entrant fails to provide such documents.**

(B) For Entrants of VR Special Prize:
Entrants must be Hong Kong permanent resident or national / permanent resident of any Asian countries or regions.* Entrants must submit a photocopy of valid identification documents (e.g. passport) for eligibility verification. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any submitted work if the entrant fails to provide such documents.**

3. Eligibility in Case of Joint-Entrants:
(A) For Entrants of the Asian New Force Category and the Animation Category (Asia):
If the Entry has more than one entrant, at least half of the joint-entrants*** must be national / permanent residents of any Asian countries and regions.

(B) For Entrants of VR Special Prize:
If the Entry has more than one entrant, at least half of the Joint-Entrants must be Hong Kong permanent residents or nationals / permanent residents of Asian countries and regions.

If an entry has the same number of joint-entrants from Hong Kong and Asian countries, such joint-entrants may decide among themselves which category / division the entry shall enter.

*List of eligible Asian countries and regions:
Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei; Cambodia; China; China (Macau S.A.R) ; Cyprus ; East Timor (Timor-Leste); Georgia; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; North Korea; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Lebanon; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Oman; Palestine, Pakistan; Philippines; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Sri Lanka; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Thailand; Turkey; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Yemen. (List of Asian countries and regions is taken from United Nations: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/#fn1)

**The Organiser has the sole and final decision in relation to issues which have not been covered in the Details and Regulations, the Entry Form and the Work Submission Form. The Organiser reserves the right to revise such regulations and forms at any time.

***Entrants must be the film director or main creator/ artist of the entry.

For the full details and regulations, please visit ifva's website:
https://ifva.com/page/?langcode=tc&id=3WLjc6yOQOM#post-group.3

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【 Declaration & Letter of Consent 】

1. Hong Kong Arts Centre (the “Organiser”) has the sole and absolute discretion to make final decisions in relation to issues which have not been covered in the ifva Rules and Regulations, the Entry Form and the Work Submission Form. The Organiser reserves the right to revise such regulations and forms from time to time. The Organiser reserves the right to revise such regulations and forms from time to time. And reserves the right to make changes to the arrangements of the “The 28th ifva Awards” and/or “The 28th ifva Festival” at any time without any prior notice.

2. The Entrant must be the sole and exclusive owner of the copyright in the Entry. If the copyright of an Entry is owned by more than one person, or by a third person / party, please submit the Entry together with authorised letter(s) from all the copyright holder(s) of such Entry to ifva for the purpose of verifying its entry eligibility. Entries should not be infringements of any rights of any third party. The Entrant should only use a third party’s music excerpts, images, or film/video segments in the Entry with prior written consent of the relevant third party. The Entrant must acknowledge any authorised use of music excerpts, images or film/video segments in the Entry in accordance with relevant copyright laws. The Organiser shall not be responsible, whether directly or indirectly, for any liability arising whatsoever or howsoever from any violation of any copyright laws. The Entrant agrees and undertakes to accept and be responsible for all such liability arising therefrom.

3. The Entrant may at its sole and absolute discretion determine the entry category or the entry of the special prize and shall be responsible for the decision. The Organiser can advise the suitability of the selected entry category or the special prize and has the final decision on the entry’s eligibility.

4. Once an Entry has been submitted, shortlisted as Finalists or awarded in “The 28th ifva Awards” by the Organiser (even before notification to the Entrant), the Entrant is not entitled to withdraw the Entry from “The 28th ifva Awards” and “The 28th ifva Festival” for any reason unless with written consent from the Organiser. The Organiser reserves all rights to take legal action against any party for any withdrawal of the Entry from the “The 28th ifva Awards” and “The 28th ifva Festival”.

5. The Organiser has the right to present/screen any Entry which has been awarded and/or shortlisted as Finalists during “The 28th ifva Festival” (March 2023).

6. The Entrant understands and acknowledges that all finalist works from each entry category must be showcased in “The 28th ifva Festival” in March 2023 in order to be qualified to compete for awards at the “The 28th ifva Awards”.

7. In the event that an Entry is awarded and/or shortlisted for presentation in “The 28th ifva Festival”, the Organiser and its sponsors and partners shall have the right to use no more than 3 minutes footage or 10% of the total running time of the Entry, whichever is longer, and the text and images provided with the applications for promotional purposes in any and all media.

8. In the event that an Entry is awarded and/or shortlisted for presentation in “The 28th ifva Festival”, the Organiser shall have the right to arrange non-commercial screenings and curate programme on online platform for the Entry in Hong Kong and other international cities within a year from the date of its award presentation ceremony, provided that the Organiser shall notify the Entrant of such arrangement in advance.

9. Prior to any commercial use of an Entry, the Organiser shall enter into a separate agreement with the copyright holder of the Entry.

10. Unless otherwise objected by the in writing, the Organiser has the perpetual right to keep one copy of each winning Entry for educational, archival and research purposes.

11. Unless otherwise objected by the in writing, the Entrant agrees and acknowledges that Hong Kong Film Archive has the perpetual right to keep one copy of each finalist Entry for archival or research purposes. The Entrant agrees and acknowledges that the Organiser has the perpetual right to provide his/her contact details to Hong Kong Film Archive for the aforesaid archival arrangement.

12. The DVD or USB screener(s) submitted by the Entrant will not be returned.

13. The Entrant declares that the information provided in the Entry and submitted to the Organiser are true, complete and accurate and comply with all rules and regulations of this competition. The Entrant understands and agrees that the Organiser and/or the Jury Panel has the right to, and may at their absolute and sole discretion, disqualify any Entrant /Awardee who has provided false, misleading, dishonest and/or untrue information in their Entry and/or failed to comply with all rules and regulations of this competition. The decisions of the Organiser and Jury Panel shall be final and conclusive.

14. In the event of any discrepancies between the English and Chinese versions of the above terms, the English version shall prevail.

This Declaration & Letter of Consent shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.