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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.

In 2019, the festival add a new cateory “Children's Short Films” in our competition program. 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 TFDF 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)

(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)

(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 competition team reserves the right to disqualify the work. The prize will be withheld until the dispute is settled.

About the Festival

Taichung International Animation Short Film Competition is organized by Taichung Film Development Foundation (TFDF) with the support of Information Bureau of Taichung City Government.

★ 1. Eligibility :
1. Open for all animations created by whatever the techniques and medium.
2. The submitted works must be completed after January 1st 2019, and must never 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. If a dispute occurs, the competition team has the right to ask for needed documentations.)

★ 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.) TFDF 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 have 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. Submission deadline is June 30th 2020. All applicants are required to complete an online application form on the competition website (twtiaf.com/2020rg), 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 streaming and downloadable forms.
2. Vimeo is recommended as the file storage, and it must be downloadable until October 31st, 2020.
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.

★ 4. Preliminary Selection :
1. A preliminary jury organized by TFDF will be formed.
2. The selected films will be announced on the competition website by July 31st, 2020.
3. The competition team will email the submitters of the works for the coming procedures and documentations required for the screenings.
4. The submitters who made into the selection have the right to withdraw from the competition by August 7th 2020. After the date, no withdraw request shall be considered.

★ 5. Screening Copies :
1. Once notified, the selected film entrants must provide the complete copy of the film by August 21st 2020. 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. Entrants are recommended to use the preferred cloud storage service (FTP, Google Drive, We transfer) to upload the file (in either mentioned formats). 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
Taichung International Animation Short Film 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 mentioned rules, including deadlines and formats, the competition team reserves the rights to consider that 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 shipment will be covered by the competition team.
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 competition team will return the screening copies within 14 work days after the closing of the event to the address in online registration. If the entrant wishes otherwise, please notify the competition team.

★ 7. Juries and Awards :
1. The members of the jury organized by TFDF 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)

(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)

(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 competition team 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 competition team 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.

★ 9. Duties and Obligations :
1. Entrants are obliged to provide a copy of the film during the jury deliberation period (April 14th – October 31st, 2020).
2. Entrants are obliged to declare the rights for the TFDF 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 competition, TFDF (the organizer), and Information Bureau of Taichung City Government.
3. The award receivers are obliged to declare rights for the competition, TFDF, and Information Bureau of Taichung City Government to insert parts of films to “Best of TIAF Program” for screening while promoting the competition locally and internationally, or organizing not-for-profit promotional events, e.g., Taichung fun-in Festival, Taichung International Animation Day.
4. Taiwanese submitters are obliged to declare rights for the competition, TFDF, and Information Bureau of Taichung City Government to insert films information to “The Best Animated Short Films of Taiwan” for promoting the competition locally and internationally.
5. The award receivers are obliged to put on laurel of the competition in all promotional materials. The competition team is responsible to provide the needed image files.

★ 10. 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.
3. In response to the COVID-19, the 2020 Taichung International Animation Short Film Competition will modify the competition submission rules and regulations in accordance with government policies (including but not limited to make the adjustment of the competition submission schedule, nomination announcement and awards ceremony), or postpone the event. Entrants should cooperate with modification of the video authorization period and other specified events of the competition. If there are any unspecified items, the announcement of the competition team shall prevail.