Macau International Short Film Festival (11)



Deadlines

16 Mar 2020
Call for entries

20 Jun 2020
Final deadline

2
mths

10 Aug 2020
Notification date

01 Dec 2020
08 Dec 2020

Address

P.O. Box 759,  00000, Macau, Macau, China, Macao


Festival description
Short film festival 30'<


Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Any language
 Subtitles 
English
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English


Festival start: 01 December 2020      Festival end: 08 December 2020

MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”), previously known as Sound & Image Challenge International Festival, is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film productions to compete in this FESTIVAL.

The Festival compromises two separate competitions:
- SHORTS International Short Film Competition
- VOLUME International Music Video Competition

“SHORTS” awards the best shorts-films in the three categories of Fiction, Documentary, and Animation. And “VOLUME” awards the best winning music video incorporating Macau original music. A list of Macau original songs is available on the Festival's WEBSITE for download purposely for VOLUME.

SHORTS is open for submission until 16 June 2020; and VOLUME is open for submission until 20 July 2020.

Sound & Image Challenge was first launched in 2010 focusing only on an audiovisual competition for local talent. This initiative was co-founded with professionals in film, music, sound and image fields, with two priorities: to promote the Creative Industries in the audiovisual sector and highlight the local talents in the production of sound and moving image design. Over the years, it expanded across 5 continents, grew and gained recognition, and finally became a short film festival in 2015.

The Festival will be held from 1 to 8 December 2020. A series of cultural programs will be scheduled in venues throughout Macau during the Festival week, such as public screenings of “SHORTS” finalist films and “VOLUME” music videos displaying at World Heritage theatre - Dom Pedro V Theatre; Masterclasses of film production, development, International Film Festival curatorship and organising; audience voting for “Audience Choice”; as well as gala awards ceremony.

All awards are in MOP (Macau Currency)
1 USD is approximately 8 MOP

Best film of the FESTIVAL - MOP 20,000.00 (±2500USD)

Best Fiction - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250USD)

Best Documentary - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250USD)

Best Animation - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250USD)

Best Local Entry - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250USD)

Macau Cultural Identity - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250USD)

Audience Choice - MOP 4,000.00 (±375USD)

Best Music Video - MOP 10,000.00 (±1250 USD)

*All winners will receive a trophy and a certificate

Other awards-

SHORTS:
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Editing
• Best Music
• Best Sound Design
• Best Visual Effects
• Best Student Film

VOLUME:
• Best song
• Best Visual Effects

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SHORTS SECTION
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1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”), previously known as Sound & Image Challenge International Festival, is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film productions to compete in this FESTIVAL.

1.2 SHORTS awards the best short films in the categories of FICTION, DOCUMENTARY and ANIMATION.


2 IMPORTANT DATES AND VENUE

2.1 The submission opens from 16th March to 16th June 2020. Unless the FESTIVAL announces an extension, no submission will be accepted after this date.

2.2 All films in the OFFICIAL SELECTION will be included in the public screening sessions at Dom Pedro V Theatre from 1st to 8th December 2020 during the FESTIVAL.


3 SUBMISSION TERMS

3.1 SHORTS is open to anyone of any nationality and age.

3.2 Submitted short films must be completed between 1st January 2019 and 16th June 2020. Films selected in previous editions of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival will not be admitted.

3.3 No submission fees.

3.4 The FESTIVAL accepts only ONE film by the same director(s) in the categories of FICTION, DOCUMENTARY and ANIMATION.

3.5 The maximum duration of each film, including intro and end credits, is 30 minutes for FICTION and DOCUMENTARY, and 15 minutes for ANIMATION.

3.6 English embedded captions/subtitled for non-English spoken films required.

3.7 The minimum quality should be:
• Video File: QuickTime or mp4
• Resolution: 1280 x 720
• Frame Rate: 24, 25 or 30fps
• Codecs: H.264 with AAC

3.8 All submissions must be sent to the FESTIVAL either:
a) By using online submission platforms listed on the FESTIVAL’s website.
b) By email to shorts@soundandimagechallenge.com in combination with a web-based file transfer platform (e.g. ©Dropbox, ©WeTransfer) or file hosting service (e.g. ©Vimeo).
c) By post to CREATIVE MACAU - P.O. BOX 759, MACAU. Parcels must arrive in the mailbox by 16th June 2020.

3.9 The following items must be submitted and composed in ENGLISH with each submission:
a) for online platforms:
Complete the fields in the platform, minimum information includes
1) Category
2) Film title
3) Duration
4) Synopsis [max 40 words]
5) Credits
6) Director’s Biography [max 40 words]
7) Video file
b) for submission by email or post:
1) SHORTS SUBMISSION FORM - properly filled in capital letters and signed, downloadable on the FESTIVAL website.
2) Synopsis [max 40 words]
3) Credits
4) Director’s Biography [max 40 words]
5) Video file [720p or above, please refer to 3.7]

3.10 Failure to comply or provide any of the required materials will result in disqualification.

3.11 All third-party audio or visual material, legally owned or copyrighted, must be cited clearly during the on-screen credits sequence of the submitted film. Submitters have to attach a proof of authorisation from the third party upon request.

3.12 By submitting a film to the FESTIVAL, submitters imply the acceptance of this Regulation.


4 OFFICIAL SELECTION

4.1 The FESTIVAL will notify ONLY the contact of the temporarily selected films by 10th August 2020.

4.2 Directors/Producers/Representatives of the temporarily selected films must submit an ENGLISH subtitle file (or a dialogue list with accurate timestamp), even the films are in English, and a clean HQ version, within a designated period after being notified. Failing to submit the requested materials by the designated deadline will be automatically excluded from the OFFICIAL SELECTION.

4.3 By submitting the requested materials, Directors/ Producers/Representatives agree that the temporarily selected films be included in the FESTIVAL’s OFFICIAL SELECTION.

4.4 Submitted version will be the final version for the public screening.


5 JURY AND AWARDS

5.1 The INTERNATIONAL JURY PANELS are composed of directors, producers and other professionals in the film industry. They will select the potential best films for OFFICIAL SELECTION in FICTION, DOCUMENTARY and ANIMATION based on their background in the corresponding categories.

5.2 The panels will also select the potential Best Student Film, an award newly introduced this year.

5.3 The FICTION Jury Panel will indicate the best films for the PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS mentioned in 5.8.

5.4 The GRAND JURY PANEL is composed of international experts to judge and decide among the short films in OFFICIAL SELECTION on the winner of each of the following awards:
• Best Fiction – MOP10,000
• Best Documentary – MOP10,000
• Best Animation – MOP10,000
• Best Film of the FESTIVAL – MOP20,000
• Best Local Entry – MOP10,000
• Macau Cultural Identity – MOP10,000

5.5 During the public screenings at the FESTIVAL, the audience will VOTE for the winner of:
• Audience Choice – MOP4,000

5.6 Winner of the Best Local Entry MUST hold a valid Macau Resident ID Card (BIR) or Non-Resident Worker’s ID Card (Blue Card).

5.7 If there is no winner for Best Local Entry, the sponsor will revert the prize value towards audio-visual training organised by CREATIVE MACAU – Center for Creative Industries for the local participant of the FESTIVAL.

5.8 Another July Panel composed of international experts will decide the following PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Editing
• Best Music
• Best Sound Design
• Best Visual Effects

5.9 There will be no appeal to the decision made by the FESTIVAL.

5.10 The GRAND JURY PANEL and the FESTIVAL can also recognise any film with a special award.

5.11 All winners will receive a TROPHY and a CERTIFICATE.


6 PROMOTION

6.1 All submitted films may be presented to the mass media and be edited in the promotional videos (up to a maximum of 10% of the total duration of the work), exclusively for the promotion of the FESTIVAL.

6.2 After the FESTIVAL, the films in OFFICIAL SELECTION may be screened in the FESTIVAL’s extensions in Macau and overseas film festivals, prior to the consent of the directors/producers/representatives.


7 GENERAL TERMS

7.1 Only original films are admitted to the FESTIVAL.

7.2 The FESTIVAL will not pay any screening rights fees for public exhibition of all films.

7.3 Submitted films not in the OFFICIAL SELECTION might be included, with the consent of the directors/producers/ representatives of the film, in the EXPANDED CINEMA session of the FESTIVAL.

7.4 The medium (USBs, DVDs, etc.) submitted will not be returned.

7.5 Considering all legal issues, directors/producers/ representatives of the submitted films assume full responsibility. The FESTIVAL will decline any sort of responsibility regarding authorship issues.

7.6 The FESTIVAL reserves the right to consider and decide on any substance not included in this Regulation.

7.7 Winners receiving cash prizes requesting a bank transfer and/or a payment in a foreign currency (other than MOP) are fully responsible for any taxes or fees applied by the bank during transfer.

7.8 In case of doubt or discrepancy, the Portuguese version of this Regulation shall prevail.




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VOLUME SECTION
************************************

1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”), previously known as Sound & Image Challenge International Festival, is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film productions to compete in this FESTIVAL.

1.2 VOLUME awards the best MUSIC VIDEO (“MV”), which brings Macau original music to worldwide filmmakers to compete in the FESTIVAL by producing an MV based on one Macau original music.


2 IMPORTANT DATES AND VENUE

2.1 The submission opens from 16th March to 20th July 2020. Unless the FESTIVAL announces an extension, no submission will be accepted after this date.

2.2 All MVs in the OFFICIAL SELECTION will be included in the public screening sessions at Dom Pedro V Theatre from 1st to 8th December 2020 during the FESTIVAL.


3 SUBMISSION TERMS

3.1 VOLUME is open to anyone of any nationality and age.

3.2 Submitted MVs must be completed between 1st January 2019 and 20th July 2020. MVs selected in previous editions of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival will not be admitted.

3.3 No submission fees.

3.4 The FESTIVAL accepts at most three original MVs by the same director(s).

3.5 The entire soundtrack of the MV should ONLY contain the song itself in full length, with no more than 30 seconds allowed for intro and end credits.

3.6 Filmmakers could use the listed soundtrack of original song (“LISTED SONG”) on the FESTIVAL website or their own original song by Macau Individual singer or music band (“BAND”).

3.7 For Non-LISTED SONG, full lyrics and its English translation are required, and at least ONE MEMBER of the BAND must hold a valid Macau Resident ID Card (BIR) or Non-Resident Worker’s ID Card (Blue Card) or Authorization to Stay - Student Type.

3.8 The BAND of the LISTED SONG on the FESTIVAL website gave consent to use the song exclusively in the production of MVs for the submission to VOLUME. Any other purposes require the authorisation from the owner of the LISTED SONG and is out of the scope of the FESTIVAL.

3.9 The minimum quality should be:
• Video File: QuickTime or mp4
• Resolution: 1280 x 720
• Frame Rate: 24, 25 or 30fps
• Codecs: H.264

3.10 All submissions must be sent to the FESTIVAL either:
a) By using online submission platforms listed on the FESTIVAL’s website.
b) By email to volume@soundandimagechallenge.com in combination with a web-based file transfer platform (e.g. ©Dropbox, ©WeTransfer) or file hosting service (e.g. ©Vimeo).
c) By post to CREATIVE MACAU - P.O. BOX 759, MACAU. Parcels must arrive in the mailbox by 20th July 2020.

3.11 The following items must be submitted and composed in ENGLISH with each submission:
a) for online platforms:
Complete the fields in the platform, minimum information includes
1) MV title
2) Duration
3) Credits
4) Director’s Biography [max 40 words]
5) Video file

b) for submission by email or post:
1) VOLUME SUBMISSION FORM - properly filled in capital letters and signed, downloadable on the FESTIVAL website.
2) Credits
3) Director’s Biography [max 40 words]
4) Video file (720p or above, please refer to 3.9)

3.12 Failure to comply or provide any of the required materials will result in disqualification.

3.13 All third-party audio or visual material, legally owned or copyrighted, must be cited clearly during the on-screen credits sequence of the submitted film. Submitters have to attach a proof of authorisation from the third party upon request.

3.14 By submitting an MV into the FESTIVAL, submitters imply the acceptance of this Regulation.


4 OFFICIAL SELECTION

4.1 The FESTIVAL will notify ONLY the contact of the temporarily selected MVs by 10th August 2020.

4.2 Directors/Producers/Representatives of the temporarily selected MVs must submit the lyrics, with an English Translation, and an HQ version, within a designated period after being notified. Failing to submit the requested materials by the designated deadline will be automatically excluded from the OFFICIAL SELECTION.

4.3 By submitting the requested materials, Directors/ Producers/Representatives agree that the temporarily selected MVs be included in the FESTIVAL’s OFFICIAL SELECTION.

4.4 Submitted version will be the final version for the public screening.


5 JURY AND AWARDS

5.1 The INTERNATIONAL JURY PANEL is composed of directors, producers and other professionals in the music industry. They will select the potential best MVs for OFFICIAL SELECTION as well as the best MVs for the PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS mentioned in 5.3.

5.2 The GRAND JURY PANEL is composed of international experts to judge and decide among the MVs in OFFICIAL SELECTION on the winner of the following award:
• Best Music Video - MOP10,000

5.3 Another Jury Panel composed of international experts will decide the following PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:
• Best Song
• Best Visual Effects

5.4 There will be no appeal to the decision made by the FESTIVAL.

5.5 The GRAND JURY PANEL and the FESTIVAL can also recognise any film with a special award.

5.6 All winners will receive a TROPHY and a CERTIFICATE.


6 PROMOTION

6.1 All submitted MVs may be presented to the mass media and be edited in the promotional videos (up to a maximum of 10% of the total duration of the work), exclusively for the promotion of the FESTIVAL.

6.2 After the FESTIVAL, the MVs in OFFICIAL SELECTION may be screened in the FESTIVAL’s extensions in Macau and overseas film festivals, prior to the consent of the directors/producers/representatives.


7 GENERAL TERMS

7.1 Only original MVs are admitted to the FESTIVAL.

7.2 The FESTIVAL will not pay any screening rights fees for public exhibition of all MVs.

7.3 Submitted MVs not in the OFFICIAL SELECTION might be included, with the consent of the directors/producers/ representatives of the film, in the EXPANDED CINEMA session of the FESTIVAL.

7.4 The medium (USBs, DVDs, etc.) submitted will not be returned.

7.5 Considering all legal issues, directors/producers/ representatives of the submitted MVs assume full responsibility. The FESTIVAL will decline any sort of responsibility regarding authorship issues.

7.6 The FESTIVAL reserves the right to consider and decide on any substance not included in this Regulation.

7.7 Winners receiving cash prizes requesting a bank transfer and/or a payment in a foreign currency (other than MOP) are fully responsible for any taxes or fees applied by the bank during transfer.

7.8 In case of doubt or discrepancy, the Portuguese version of this Regulation shall prevail.



Organiser:
CREATIVE MACAU – Center For Creative Industries
P.O. Box 759, Macau
(Mon - Sat 14:00 - 19:00)
Tel: (853) 2875 3282 | Fax: (853) 2875 3236
sic@creativemacau.org.mo
www.soundandimagechallenge.com


  

 
  

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