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In 2015, the only city film festival and competition dedicated to animation was founded in Taichung. The festival has highlighted the best local animation short films since, and it has celebrated the contributing students and directors.

From 2017, the festival has opened its competition to international short films. The goal has been to stimulate local works to be more diverse by including international submissions.

In 2018, the competition insists on the same high cash prize, but the categories are redesigned as “Short Films”, “Taiwanese Short Films”, “Student Short Films”, and “Taiwanese Student Short Films”. The number of nominated films is increased, hence a richer programming. We welcome animations from all over the world to Taichung to compete with Taiwanese animation filmmakers for the grand prix of TWD 500,000 cash prize

Juries and Awards
1. The members of the jury organized by TIAF will be formed.
2. The awards and prizes are as followed:

(1.) Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 500,000 TWD (approximately 15,000 USD )
 JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD)
 OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approximately 1,500 USD)
 (For the outstanding techniques work)

(2.) Taiwanese Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approximately 4,500 USD) and an authorized license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition

(3.) Student Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approximately 4,500 USD)
 JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD)
 OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approximately 1,500 USD)
(For the outstanding techniques work)

(4.) Taiwanese Student Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD) and an authorized license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition

(5.) Popular Awards
 AUDIENCE AWARD – chosen by popular votes
 YOUNG CRITICS AWARD – chosen by a jury composed by young critics between age of 16-20

【Note】
(1.) All cash prize must comply with the taxation laws of Taiwan (R.O.C.), and withhold tax of the payment according to the laws (For the individuals who are residents of Taiwan (R.O.C.), or hold a profit-seeking enterprise with a fixed place, 10% of the full payment of the prizes or payment from contests and games won by chance is withheld. For the non-residents of Taiwan (R.O.C.), or without a fixed place of profit-seeking enterprise, 20% of the payment is withheld.).
(2.) If there is more than one award receiver, the cash prize shall be divided equally among the receivers.
(3.) If the entrant is an independent production, the award receiver will be the director; if the film is produced by a production company, the award receiver will be the director and main production company.
(4.) If there is a dispute upon the qualification of the work, the TIAF reserves the right to disqualify the work. The prize will be withheld until the dispute is settled.
(5.) A license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition will be included in the prize of “Taiwanese Short Films” and “Taiwanese Student Short Films” winners, solely sponsored by TVPaint Développement. The prize winners must provide email address and mailing address in order to receive the user account information.

About the Festival

Taichung International Animation Festival (TIAF) is organized by Taichung Film Development Foundation (TFDF) with the support of Information Bureau of Taichung City Government. This year, TIAF is scheduled to place from October 11th to 16th in Taichung, Taiwan.

Eligibility

1. Open for all animations created by whatever the techniques and medium.
2. The submitted works must be completed after January 1st 2017, and must never entered TIAF in any version previously.
3. The maximum film running time including credits should not exceed 25 minutes.
4. To submit “Taiwanese Short Films” and “Taiwanese Student Short Films”, the director must obtain the nationality of Taiwan (R.O.C.) with validated documents, OR more than half of the production cost originated from Taiwan (R.O.C.), OR more than half of the production crew are Taiwan (R.O.C.) nationals with validated documents. (Please refer to Article 5 in Criteria for Differentiating Domestic Motion Pictures and Non-Domestic Motion Pictures legislated by Ministry of Culture R.O.C., revised on Oct 16th, 2015. If a dispute occurs, TIAF has the right to ask for needed documentations.)
Competition Categories
1. Short Films
2. Taiwanese Short Films
3. Student Short Films
4. Taiwanese Student Short Films

【Note】
(1.) TIAF does NOT pay screening fee for the films selected for the competition and related events.
(2.) The submitter who applies for “Taiwanese Short Films” can also apply for “Short Films” at the same time.
(3.) The submitter who applies for “Taiwanese Student Short Films” can also apply for “Student Short Films” at the same time.
(4.) The jurists have the right to recommend works submitted to “Student Short Films” and “Taiwanese Student Short Films” to “Short Films” and “Taiwanese Short Films.”

Submissions
1. Submission deadline is June 30th 2018. All applicants are required to complete an online application form on the TIAF website (twtiaf.com), and application must contain the following:
(1.) 1 photograph of the director(s). (300dpi, in .jpg format)
(2.) 3 film stills. (300dpi, in .jpg format)
(3.) 1 dialogue script in original language and English if there is dialogue. (with time codes)
(4.) 1 web link of the film that is available to view both in steaming and downloadable forms.
2. TIAF recommends Vimeo as the file storage, and it must be downloadable until October 31st, 2018.
3. The video format should be .mov or .mp4 file, Codec H.264, and minimum resolution of 720p.

【Note】
(1.) There is NO registration fee for the competition.
(2.) All non-English language films must have English subtitles.
(3.) All Chinese language films must have traditional Chinese subtitles.
(4.) The jury decision will be made on completed films only. Unfinished films (work in progress) will not be taken into consideration.

Preliminary Selection
1. A preliminary jury organized by TIAF will be formed.
2. The selected films will be announced on the TIAF’s website by July 31st, 2018.
3. The TIAF will email the submitters of the works for the coming procedures and documentations required for the screenings. The hospitality arrangements for participating the festival will also be provided in the following emails.
4. The submitters who made into the selection have the right to withdraw from the competition until August 10th 2018. After the date, no withdraw request shall be considered.

Screening Copies
1. Once notified, the selected film entrants must provide the complete copy of the film by August 24th 2018. For those not in English language, the entrants must provide English subtitles. For those in Chinese language, the entrants must provide both traditional Chinese and English subtitles. Entrant have the option of providing the following formats:
(1.) DCP (Must be up to the commercial screening standard)
(2.) .mov or .mp4 video file formats (Codec H.264 OR ProRes 422 and minimum resolution of 1080p)
2. The file (in either mentioned formats) is recommended to use the preferred cloud storage service (FTP, Google Drive, We transfer) to upload the file. The viable URL and password must be provided, OR save the file in an external hard drive or USB 3.0 Flash drive, and send them through express courier (DHL, FedEX, EMS, etc) to the TIAF address:
Taichung Film Development Foundation
TIAF Competition
9F-2, No.186, Dadun 19th St.,
Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407,
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
3. If the entrant fails to comply the described rules (including deadlines and formats) before the deadline, the TIAF reserves the rights to consider that the entrant voluntarily gives up its place.

Shipping and Insurance
1. All shipping costs for the film copies to the Festival as well as any charges peripheral to shipping i.e. insurance, customs duty, etc., shall be borne by the sender. The cost of returning shipment will be covered by the TIAF.
2. On the package of screening copies from abroad should mark: “Temporary import. No commercial value, for cultural purposes only” and must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice amounting to a maximum value of 20 EUR or 20 USD.
3. The TIAF office will return the screening copies within 14 work days after the closing of the Festival to the address in online registration. If the entrant wishes otherwise, please notify the TIAF.

Juries and Awards
1. The members of the jury organized by TIAF will be formed.
2. The awards and prizes are as followed:

(1.) Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 500,000 TWD (approximately 15,000 USD )
 JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD)
 OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approximately 1,500 USD)
 (For the outstanding techniques work)

(2.) Taiwanese Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approximately 4,500 USD) and an authorized license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition

(3.) Student Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approximately 4,500 USD)
 JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD)
 OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approximately 1,500 USD)
(For the outstanding techniques work)

(4.) Taiwanese Student Short Films
 GRAND PRIX – prize of 100,000 TWD (approximately 3,000 USD) and an authorized license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition

(5.) Popular Awards
 AUDIENCE AWARD – chosen by popular votes
 YOUNG CRITICS AWARD – chosen by a jury composed by young critics between age of 16-20

【Note】
(1.) All cash prize must comply with the taxation laws of Taiwan (R.O.C.), and withhold tax of the payment according to the laws (For the individuals who are residents of Taiwan (R.O.C.), or hold a profit-seeking enterprise with a fixed place, 10% of the full payment of the prizes or payment from contests and games won by chance is withheld. For the non-residents of Taiwan (R.O.C.), or without a fixed place of profit-seeking enterprise, 20% of the payment is withheld.).
(2.) If there is more than one award receiver, the cash prize shall be divided equally among the receivers.
(3.) If the entrant is an independent production, the award receiver will be the director; if the film is produced by a production company, the award receiver will be the director and main production company.
(4.) If there is a dispute upon the qualification of the work, the TIAF reserves the right to disqualify the work. The prize will be withheld until the dispute is settled.
(5.) A license of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition will be included in the prize of “Taiwanese Short Films” and “Taiwanese Student Short Films” winners, solely sponsored by TVPaint Développement. The prize winners must provide email address and mailing address in order to receive the user account information.

Rights
1. The registering person for the film, must be the rights owner OR authorized by the rights owner.
2. If the film cites other works, including images, sounds, etc., it must acquire rights clearance from the rights owner. It must be declared with the clearance while register. Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.
3. If there is a rights dispute for a submitted film, the TIAF reserves the rights to disqualify the film to the competition, and to retrieve the prize. The entrant should be solely accountable for any related legal matters.

Duties and Obligations
1. Entrants are obliged to provide a copy of the film during the jury deliberation period (April 1st – October 16th, 2018) for the jury to screen.
2. Entrants are obliged to declare the rights for the TIAF to use the copy text, stills, posters, videos, of the films and information on the personnel once being selected for the purposes of promotion, related events, and documentation for the TIAF, TFDF (the organizer), and Information Bureau of Taichung City Government.
3. Entrants are obliged to declare rights for the TIAF, TFDF, and Information Bureau of Taichung City Government to insert parts of films to “Best of TIAF Program” for screening while promoting the TIAF locally and internationally, or organizing not-for-profit promotional events (i.e.: Taichung fun-in Festival, Taichung International Animation Day).
4. The award receivers are obliged to print “Taichung International Animation Festival Laurel” in all promotional materials. The TIAF is responsible to provide the needed image files.

Acceptance of Terms
1. The terms and conditions described above are agreed and understood without reservation by the entrant once the registration is completed.
2. The Rules and Regulations are printed in Chinese and English. In case of dispute, the Chinese content is considered for interpretation and understanding, and governed by the laws of Taiwan (R.O.C.). The entrants are obliged to agree that the Taiwan Taichung District Courts are the court of in the first instance.