20th Annual

Vancouver Asian Film Festival

November 03, 2016 to November 06, 2016

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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Narrative
All Narrative accepted
Animation
All Animations accepted.
Experimental
All Experimental accepted
Documentary
All Documentaries accepted.
Digital/Interactive (Including webshorts/series)
All Digital/Interactive (including web shorts/series episodes) accepted except for commercial videos, advertisements, previously broadcast television, music videos and trailers.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen.

Through its annual film festival and many other programs and events hosted in Vancouver, VAFF’s mission is to be the “go-to” forum for the public and the film industry to engage in and support the rise of Asian influence in film and media in the world. VAFF envisions a world where North American Asian actors and filmmakers have the resources and opportunities to shape mainstream culture in a powerful and positive way.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

VAFF is the longest running Asian film festival in Canada. It was founded in 1995 and debuted in September 1997, and enters its 20th year of continuous programming in 2016.

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.

Visiting artists have included Justin Lin, Benson Lee, Evan Jackson Leong, Jessica Yu, Tze Chun, Quentin Lee, Michael Kang and Freida Lee Mock, as well as BC filmmakers Julia Kwan, Mina Shum, Nilesh Patel and Jeff Chiba Stearns.

Available awards include a juried award for Best Canadian Short, presented by the National Film Board of Canada; and an award for Best Canadian Feature.

Programming includes 10-13 film programs incorporating feature length and short films and videos (dramatic narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) 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.

All screenings for VAFF20 will take place at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, a multiplex theatre within downtown Vancouver's historic Chinatown and Gastown districts.


ORGANIZERS

Grace Chin (Festival Director); Grace Chin (Festival Director); Grace Chin (Festival Director); Kathy Leung (Festival Registrar); Robin Chan (Producer); Shanshan Yin (Festival Registrar); Shanshan Yin (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

General
- Open Call submissions received after May 31, 2016, will not be considered for the 2016 festival (unless deadline extended by VAFF). NO EXCEPTIONS.

Press Kit Materials
- Your submitted press kit should have all files labeled descriptively, and should contain:
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 A cast and crew list;
o The director?s biography (80 words) and photo (see above for technical specs);
o Press/publicity clippings and list of awards and screenings (Word or PDF)

Notification of Festival Selections
- You will be notified of festival selections on or around September 15, 2016.
- 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 will be offered to another film.

Exhibition Screeners: Files
- Send digital file download link to printtraffic@vaff.org

Exhibition Screeners: Shipping Policy and Guidelines
- VAFF pays for outbound OR inbound shipping, not both. VAFF normally receives exhibition prints with shipping prepaid, and pays for outbound shipping back to print source or forwarding festival.
- Ship exhibition prints (Blu-Ray or DCP) to the VAFF Print Traffic address, to arrive no later than October 15, 2016.
? 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
Canada

- 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.
- VAFF NORMALLY PAYS FOR ONLY THE RETURN OR OUTBOUND* SHIPPING COSTS OF THE SCREENING FILM/VIDEO. INBOUND SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE COVERED BY PRINT SOURCE OR OTHER 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.
- Always use a tracking number, regardless of whether the film is sent by post office or courier*. *If you are sending by a 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.

Queries
- Programming/Curation: programming@vaff.org
- Submissions: submissions@vaff.org
- Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and Print Traffic (contact only after August 1, 2016): printtraffic@vaff.org
- Festival Attendance/Liaison (contact only after September 15, 2016): filmmaker@vaff.org


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.