Taichung International Animation Festival (‬TIAF) is organized by Taichung Film Development Foundation (TFDF) with the support of the Information Bureau of Taichung City Government. TIAF ‬is the only city film festival in Taiwan that features solely animation. ‬Founded in 2015‭, ‬TIAF has established itself as a major international animation festival‭, ‬popular among moviegoers and animators‭, ‬domestic and abroad alike‭. In 2017, TIAF launched Short Film Competition with awards totaling TWD 1.2 million (approx. 36,000 USD), ‬a draw to global filmmakers as well as encouragement for Taiwanese filmmakers to submit their innovative projects‭. ‬The 7th edition of TIAF will be held in October 2021‭ ‬in Taichung‭, ‬Taiwan‭.‬

If you have submitted yours film through TIAF's website, you don't need to submit it again by FilmFreeway. We recommend all submitters to register your film by https://twtiaf.com/2021rg You can receive regularly newsletter from the festival.

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

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

(2.) 𝐓𝐚𝐢𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approx. 4,500 USD)

(3.) 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approx. 4,500 USD)
● JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approx. 3,000 USD)
● OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approx. 1,500 USD) for the outstanding techniques work

(4.) 𝐓𝐚𝐢𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 100,000 TWD (approx. 3,000 USD)

(5.) 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬
● CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD – chosen by popular votes
● AUDIENCE AWARD – chosen by popular votes

【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 receiver to the same prize, 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 organizer reserves the right to disqualify the work. The prize will be withheld until the dispute is settled.

★ 1. 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲
(1) Open for all animations created by whatever the techniques and medium.
(2) The submitted works must be completed after January 1st, 2020, and must never be entered the competition 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.)
(5) The organizer has the right to ask the submitter to supplement or provide the needed documentation to clarify the eligibility of the entrant.

★ 2. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬
(1) Short Films
(2) Taiwanese Short Films
(3) Student Short Films
(4) Taiwanese Student Short Films
(5) Children’s Short Films

【𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞】
(1) The organizer 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 submitter who applies for “Short Films”, “Taiwanese Short Films”, “Student Short Films”, and “Taiwanese Student Short Films” can also apply for “Children’s Short Films” at the same time.
(5) The jury has the right to recommend works submitted to “Student Short Films” and “Taiwanese Student Short Films” to “Short Films”, “Taiwanese Short Films” and “Children’s Short Films”.

★ 3. 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
(1) The submission deadline is June 30th, 2021. All applicants are required to complete an online application form on the competition website (twtiaf.com/2021rg), and the application must contain the following:
A. 1 photograph of the director(s). (300 dpi or above, in JPG format)
B. 3 film stills. (300dpi or above, in JPG format)
C. Except for films with no dialogue, the non-Chinese-speaking films must be subtitled in English. The Chinese-speaking films should be subtitled in both English and Chinese.
D. All entries should provide a time-coded text of the dialogue in SRT, DOC, DOCX, or TXT format. (The Chinese-speaking film should provide the text in both English and Chinese.)
E. 1 weblink of the full film. (Please upload the film to the website or cloud storage which is available in both online viewing and downloadable formats, or submits the film through FilmFreeway.)
(2) The submission format must be in MOV (ProRes 422) or MP4 (Video Codec: H.264), resolution 1920✕1080 or above.
(3) Please note that the weblink of the full film should be downloadable until at least October 31st, 2021.

【𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞】
(1) There is NO registration fee for the competition.
(2) The jury decision will be made on completed films only. Unfinished films (work in progress) will not be taken into consideration.

★ 4. 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
(1) A preliminary jury organized by TFDF will be formed.
(2) The selected films will be announced on the official website by July 31st, 2021.
(3) The organizer will email the submitters of the works for the coming procedures and documentation required for the screenings.
(4) The submitters who made the selection have the right to withdrawal from the competition by August 6th, 2021. After the date, no withdrawal request shall be considered.

★ 5. 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐬
(1) Once notified, the selected film entrants must provide a complete copy of the film by August 20th, 2021. For the non-Chinese-speaking films, the entrants must provide English subtitles. For those in the Chinese language, the entrants must provide both Chinese and English subtitles. Entrants have the option of providing the following formats:
A. DCP (Must meets the industrial standard for theatrical screening)
B. Recommend in MOV (ProRes 422) format. MP4 (Codec H.264) format is also acceptable.
(2) Entrants are recommended to use the preferred cloud storage service (FTP, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc.) to upload the file (in either mentioned format). 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 following address:

Taichung Film Development Foundation
Taichung International Animation Festival Short Films Competition
9F-2, No.186, Dadun 19th St.,
Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407,
Taiwan (R.O.C.)

(3) If the entrant fails to comply with the mentioned rules, including deadlines and formats, the organizer reserves the right to consider the entrant voluntarily gives up its place.

★ 6. 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞
(1) All shipping costs and related charges, e.g., insurance, customs duty, shall be borne by the sender. The cost of returning the shipment will be covered by the organizer.
(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 organizer will return the screening copies within 14 workdays after the closing of the event to the address in online registration. If the entrant wishes otherwise, please notify the organizer.

★ 7. 𝐉𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬
(1.) Short Films
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 500,000 TWD (approx. 15,000 USD )
● JURY DISTINCTION – prize of 100,000 TWD (approx. 3,000 USD)
● OUTSTANDING WORK – prize of 50,000 TWD (approx. 1,500 USD) for the outstanding techniques work

(2.) Taiwanese Short Films
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 150,000 TWD (approx. 4,500 USD)

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

(4.) Taiwanese Student Short Films
● GRAND PRIX – prize of 100,000 TWD (approx. 3,000 USD)

(5.) Popular Awards
● CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD – chosen by popular votes
● AUDIENCE AWARD – chosen by popular votes

【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 receiver to the same prize, 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 organizer reserves the right to disqualify the work. The prize will be withheld until the dispute is settled.

★ 8. 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 organizer reserves the right to disqualify the film from the competition and to retrieve the prize. The entrant should be solely accountable for any related legal matters.

★ 9. 𝐃𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
(1) Entrants are obliged to provide a copy of the film during the jury deliberation period (April 7th – October 31st, 2021).
(2) Entrants agree to declare rights for the organizer to photograph, tape, video, or any other ways to make the recording of the event at the venues, and do the necessary editing to the recording mentioned above. TFDF is the author of the recording mentioned above. Entrants are obligated to provide the text, pictures, images, and other materials required by the organizer. The nominees are encouraged to participate in related activities of the film festival.
(3) Entrants are obliged to declare rights for the organizer to use the information free of charge (included copy text, stills, posters, films, teasers, and other materials). The organizer reserves the right to adapt and compile the nominated films (including but not limited to add Chinese and English subtitled, make the promotion video, etc.) for the use of stills in the TIAF 2021 program, catalogue, official website, and other publicity materials. The organizer also reserves the right broadcast clips of the nominated films on television, the Internet, or other media for promotion.
(4) Taiwanese submitters are obliged to declare rights for the organizer to unconditionally edit film information into “The Best Animated Short Films of Taiwan” for promoting the festival locally and internationally.
(5) The award receivers are obliged to declare rights for the organizer to unconditionally insert parts of films into “Best of TIAF Program” for screening while promoting the festival locally and internationally or organizing not-for-profit promotional events, e.g., Taichung fun-in Festival, Taichung International Animation Day.
(6) The award receivers are obliged to put on laurel of the competition in all promotional materials. The organizer is responsible to provide the needed image files.

★ 10. 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬
(1) The terms and conditions described above are agreed upon 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.
(3) In response to the COVID-19, the festival will modify the submission rules and regulations by government policies (including but not limited to adjust the competition submission schedule, nomination announcement, and the ceremony), or postpone the event. Entrants should cooperate with modification of the video authorization period and other specified events of the festival. If there are any unspecified items, the newest announcement of the official website twtiaf.com shall prevail.

★ 11. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭
Group of Taichung International Animation Short Films Competition, Taichung Film Development Foundation
Telephone: +886-4-2323-6100 #23/ Quintus Liu
Email:tiaf.competition@tfdf.org.tw