VAFF is the longest running pan-Asian diaspora film festival in Canada, founded in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. Since then, tens of thousands of film lovers have experienced a diverse selection of Asian North American and international films, in English and in other languages.
VAFF enters its 22nd year of continuous programming in 2018. Each year VAFF attracts close to 4,000 audience members over its four-day festival and year-round events. It also reaches many more through word of mouth, pre-festival events, and traditional and social media throughout the year.
VAFF is a not-for-profit film festival society committed to supporting both emerging talents and established filmmakers, offering programming reflective of the Asian diaspora experience. VAFF offers unique perspectives on storytelling from diverse filmmakers, to diverse audience members, achieving our goal: to celebrate diversity in film.
The festival is entirely organized and produced by a group of dedicated volunteers, and is made possible by generous financial support from corporate sponsors, public funders and private donors.
Being the platform where a number of successful Asian filmmakers first showcased their work, VAFF’s visiting artists have included Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), Quentin Lee (White Frog), Benson Lee (Seoul Searching), Evan Jackson Leong (Linsanity), Jessica Yu (Grey’s Anatomy), Tze Chun (Gotham), and Freida Lee Mock (Return with Honor), as well as Canadian filmmakers Julia Kwan (Everything Will Be), Mina Shum (Meditation Park), Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Ben Lu (Blood and Water), Phil Planta (Beyond Redemption), and Jeff Chiba Stearns (Mixed Match). Attending performers have included Edison Chen (Infernal Affairs), Tzi Ma (Arrival), Anastasia Lin (Miss World Canada 2015), Agam Darshi (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), Sarita Choudhury (Hunger Games franchise), and Rizwan Manji (The Dictator).
Programming includes 10-13 film programs incorporating feature length and short films and videos (dramatic narrative, documentary, animation and web series) featuring an Artist/Concept Spotlight, International Spotlight, International and Canadian Shorts, Q & A sessions, an industry series including panel discussions and networking, and gala events.
Available awards include a juried award for Best Canadian Short, presented by Telefilm Canada; a juried award for Best Canadian Feature, presented by the Directors’ Guild of Canada—British Columbia; audience-voted People’s Choice Awards for best Overall Feature, Overall Short, Overall Performance.
- Independently produced films and videos by Asian North American artists (including Asian-Canadian or Asian-American artists), or
- Films or videos produced in East Asia (including People’s Republic of China [incl. Hong Kong], Macao, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (including Myanmar [Burma], Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor-Leste) or South Asia (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh), in English or with English subtitles, or
- Films or videos produced internationally where at least one member of the creative team (director, writer or producer/production company) or one of the lead Actor(s)/subjects (if documentary) must self-identify as being of Asian or part-Asian heritage.
- Please specify how your submission meets our eligibility criteria above, in your submission notes/cover letter.
RULES & TERMS
- Films and videos must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2016. Submissions completed prior to this date will not be considered.
- Open Call submissions received after May 31, 2018, will not be considered for the 2018 festival (unless deadline officially extended by VAFF). NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Acceptable exhibition formats are Blu-ray, DCP, and digital exhibition formats H.264 (.MOV or .MP4) files – in either 1080p or 720p resolutions – and with either 24p or 29.97 fps frame rates.
Other exhibition formats, e.g. 16mm, DVD, HDCam, Digibeta, VHS cannot be considered.
- The applicant must hold the necessary rights for the submission and exhibition of this work. The applicant agrees that if his/her title is selected, that any photographs and/or video submitted to VAFF may be used by the festival or a third party authorized by the festival for the purpose promoting the festival (online, in print and media).
- OPEN CALL SUBMISSION/ENTRY FEES: VAFF does not waive entry fees for Open Call Submissions.
- RENTAL/SCREENING/DISTRIBUTION FEES: As a not-for-profit, VAFF does not normally pay these fees but instead invests resources in providing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.
- ARTIST FEES: In fulfillment of its mandate, VAFF is provided with a small amount of public funding for artist fees to independent Asian Canadian artists only.
NOTIFICATION OF FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
- You will be notified of festival selections on or around September 15, 2017.
- If selected, a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) including a request for press kit information and festival attendance RSVP will be sent to you.
- The Notice of Acceptance must be completed, signed and returned by the deadline date listed, or your position in the festival may be offered to another film.
EXHIBITION SCREENERS: DIGITAL FILES
- Send digital file download link to firstname.lastname@example.org
EXHIBITION SCREENERS: HARD COPY SHIPPING POLICY & GUIDELINES
- VAFF NORMALLY ONLY PAYS FOR THE RETURN OR OUTBOUND* SHIPPING COSTS OF THE SCREENING FILM/VIDEO. INBOUND SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE COVERED BY PRINT SOURCE OR FORWARDING FILM FESTIVALS. *If by special arrangement VAFF pays for inbound shipping, the outbound shipping cost must be covered by the print source or the forwarding contact/festival.
- Ship exhibition prints (Blu-Ray or DCP) to the VAFF Print Traffic address, to arrive no later than October 15, 2017.
- If exhibition prints/files are coming from other festivals, VAFF must receive print traffic contact information of the prior festival two weeks prior to VAFF start date.
- If VAFF is to send the exhibition print/file to another film festival, this outbound address must be given to VAFF one week prior to the start of VAFF or it will be sent back to the print source.
Please mail or courier your exhibition print/file to:
Print Traffic Coordinator
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
1178 W. Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V6E 2R9
- The filmmaker is responsible for providing any required paperwork for the shipping of his/her films, particularly those coming from outside of Canada.
- VAFF does not insure the films during the festival or during shipping; this is the filmmaker's responsibility. VAFF takes no responsibility for loss or damage to films in transit.
- Do not send the original, or your only copy, of your film/video.
- If shipping a disc or hard drive/thumb drive, use bubble wrap envelopes or stiff cardboard backing rather than fiber-filled packages or envelopes.
- Please ensure the file/print is playable before sending to VAFF. Please also include any relevant screening notes with your film, if possible.
- Please label your films as: "For cultural and educational purposes only."
- If the film is coming from outside of Canada, please identify on the package that it is a temporary importation and that the films will be returned to the original country.
- If your film is being shipped from outside of Canada and you are declaring the value of your film as above CAD $20, this may delay your film at Canada customs, so please send it two weeks earlier than planned.
- Always use a tracking number, regardless of whether the film is sent by post office or courier. If sending by courier, we recommend using FedEx. Many filmmakers have encountered border delay issues and poor or lack of communication with UPS.
- Any costs incurred by VAFF as a result of the filmmaker not following the provided shipping guidelines may result in charges to the filmmaker to recover these costs.
PRESS KIT MATERIALS
- Your press kit is required upon acceptance only and should have all files labeled descriptively, containing:
o A film synopsis (approximately 100 words) and logline;
o Film stills (photos or hi-resolution electronic images: minimum 1200-1800 pixels @ 300 dpi) for program guide and publicity;
o An above-the-line cast and crew list;
o Director(s) biography (80 words each) and photo(s) (see above for technical specs);
o Press/publicity clippings and list of awards and screenings (Word or PDF);
o Official website URL; social media URLs/handles
- Programming/Curation: email@example.com
- Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and Print Traffic (contact only after August 1, 2018): email@example.com
- Festival Attendance/Liaison (contact only after September 15, 2018): firstname.lastname@example.org