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This constitution is applicable to the Competition, Screening, Forums, Market Trading and Investment & Financing of documentary projects at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China, 2019. (herein after referred to as GZDOC 2019)


     Introduction of GZDOC

Established in 2003, GZDOC is hosted by National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization. After 16 years of development, GZDOC has grown from an academic seminar with only over 100 entries from 14 countries, to one of the most influential professional documentary film festival in the world, receiving 4542 entries from 122 countries and regions, and has established friendly partnership with world’s renowned international documentary festivals, and merged into the system of global documentary market gradually.

GZDOC 2019 will be held in Dec in Guangzhou, China. As one of the sole state-level documentary yearly feast, it will attract thousands of buyers, influential decision makers from documentary broadcasters, production organizations, distributors, and producers to gather in Guangzhou. The festival agenda will include Golden Kapok Award Competition, Public Screening, Master Class, Forum, International Pitching Session, Press Release, Opening Ceremony, Award-Presenting Ceremony, and Themed Events organized by the General Consulate of each countries in Guangzhou and domestic media.

Main Events Headlines of GZDOC 2019

1. Golden Kapok Award Competition

GZDOC is calling for entries from global documentary production houses, broadcasters, distributors, independent producers and people from all circles to collect the documentary feature films, short documentaries,and documentary series which could reflect the historical culture, social &current affairs, ecology& environment, science & technology,culture& art, and will invite the domestic and global experts from documentary industry, renowned directors and producers to constitute the international Jury, who will make initial selection, and 2nd round of selection,and final rounds of selection of all the submitted films, and finally select 12 excellent films as the Golden Kapok Award Finalists. The final goal of Golden Kapok Competition is to pay respects to the excellent global professionals working on documentaries and also to their creations, to encourage the growing domestic production organization and individuals, and to propel the communication and fusion of international documentary culture and art.

2. Documentary Public Screening

GZDOC 2019 will build up a cultural gala for the citizens to share and experience the charm and art of international documentaries. The organizing committee will select hundreds of excellent documentaries to join the public screening programs scheduled during the festival period, meanwhile,screening of excellent international films will be held at different regions of China, including Guangzhou public theaters, around 200 university nationwide,communities and art spaces of Guangzhou, and television stations and new media platforms, etc. Documentaries Directors or Producers will be invited to Guangzhou to share their production experience with the audience.



DOCUMART is comprised of the international documentary pitch training which merged with the market regulations and practical pitch imitation, pitch, one-on-one meeting with decision-makers, DocShop, documentary copyright trading, documentary investment & financing projects, masterclasses, launching ceremonies, and other professional market events.

(1)International Pitching Session

Since 2004, GZDOC has initiated the project pitch training and trading mode in China for the best documentaries projects with most international sales potential, for the past 11 years, it has fostered and supported numbers of rising new directors who are gradually getting fame on domestic and global stage. According to the uncompleted statistics, over 80 domestic documentary projects managed to get international co-production financing or recommendation opportunities through the platform of GZDOC. After the completion of project entry in Sep, we will invite the mentors with international co-production experience to give a preliminary training guidance and selection. At last, 28 projects in total will be selected to be pitched at the GZDOC 2019 International Pitching Sessions.

(2)One-on-One Meeting with Decision Makers

This year, GZDOC is planning to invite President or Head of domestic and international renowned Television Stations, directors from Documentary Channel or Column, project manager from international co-production project, decision makers from film and multi-media industry, and production house to attend the festival. Each project pitcher or festival attendants will get an equivalent chance to meet with the decision makers face-to-face, to present and introduce their projects for feedback or acquisition plans,through either on-line appointment or on-site appointment and match as usual. GZDOC will reveal the acquisition plan and cooperation intention ahead of time so that the pitcher and attendants could make appointments with the right decision-makers.

(3)Copyright Trading of DocShop

GZDOC will gradually improve and perfect the presentation and trading function of documentary films, and set up documentary film database according to different genres, and add the films into the DocShop VOD system,to rich the trading contents which could be searched, and provide more valuable information and resource for copyright and broadcasting right trading. To provide a more professional and overall copyright trading service, and build up the central platform of Chinese documentary trading, is our ultimate goal.

4. Global Summit Forum

GZDOC 2019 will put forth efforts on inviting the authoritative and representatives from professional organizations globally, to review the developing trend of documentary industry domestically and abroad this year with a professional and internationalized vision, summarize the core achievements of the industry, and provide the industry forecast report  and other information including analysis and guidance towards policies issued by the government, etc, in order to build up its authoritative image in terms of professional release.


5. Launching Event 

GZDOC 2019 will invite the decision makers from domestic documentary channels, video website, production houses and distribution organizations to attend the Lunching Events. They will officially launch  terms of their development strategy, documentary related events, demanding plan in terms of co-production, etc, to take ahead the relative theme press release and forums.


       6. Master Classes/Workshops

       In order to promote the international co-production and enhance the production skills of domestic documentaries, so that it could be merged into the international documentary system, the General Office of the Organizing Committee of GZDOC will organize multiple international documentary training workshop by steps, and invite the masters from documentary industry of the world, to share their successful international co-production experience with the trainees. Meanwhile, GZDOC will hold the pitch training program for the pitchers whose projects will get pitched during the festival, and also will invite award-winning directors or mentors to offer master classes during the festival period.

       7. Public Activities of the Festival

       Besides the above professional events, GZDOC 2019 will hold various cultural exchange events, such as GZDOC 2019 Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony, Premiere in Guangzhou, Theme Luncheon and Cocktail Reception sponsored by each countries, etc.

       Submission Guidance of Competition, Screening, Pitching, and DocShop

       If you feel interested in submitting your films to Competition, Screening, Pitching or Copyright trading at DocShop, please log on the official website of GZDOC (www.gzdoc.cn), fill in the on-line form and submit relative materials after perusal of all the submission detailed rules. Please make sure to verify and double check the information that you are going to submit. The information you submit cannot be changed once it is published. 


 About the Copyright of the submitted films

        The applicants who submit the films for Competition, Screening, Pitching and copyright trading, must be sure that they own the thorough copyright of the film and the film are shoot by themselves. If the film was co-produced, the cooperative parties and directors could submit with the joined names. Meanwhile,they need to make sure that they have got the copyright of all the music,trailers, videos and creative footages, or has been licensed and authorized by the copyright owner. Any legal responsibilities which might be caused by copyright problems shall be borne by the persons who submit the films, instead of the organizing committee. If the submitted films have any copyright dispute,the organizing committee will reserve the right to cancel the competition qualification of the film, including recalling any award or prize presented before.

     Authorization for editing right of submitted films

For all the films submitted for Competition, Screening,Pitching and copyright trading, the organizing committee is entitled to edit a no-more-than 3 mins trailer of the film, as part of the promotional materials of GZDOC, to be utilized at the theaters, television stations, internet, Mobile TV, public screenings, and interviews or promotional videos. The authorization period of the edited clippings shall be 2 years by default. Authorization by the copyright holder, the organizing committee of GZDOC is entitled to choose partial of the excellent films to do the non-commercial off-line screening activities, for promotion purpose. Once the films and materials are submitted,it could be recognized as acceptance of all the above terms of this Constitution.



       GZDOC 2019 will invite partial of the directors or producers whose films got into the finalists of the competition, to attend the Opening Ceremony,Closing Ceremony and Meeting with Directors Screening events in Dec, 2016. GZDOC will be glad to cover the accommodation and offer free accreditation fee for the invited directors or producers. For each film there’ll be one director or producer to be invited. If more than one director for the finalist film, the organizing committee will cover the above relative cost of only one director,and the invitation shall not be forwarded to the 3rd party.Meanwhile, the organizing committee will invite the pitcher of all the 28 projects running into the finalists to join the pitching, and provide the free accreditation for one member of each project. Also the Organizing Committee will invite the decision makers from big organizations to join the pitching and one-on-one meeting with decision makers, to provide an international co-production and financing platform for the international documentary professionals.We will cover the accommodation, transportation and offer free accreditation for the decision makers domestically and abroad.


If any legal dispute, the organizing committee will submit the lawsuit to the Court of Guangzhou Municipality of Guangdong Province of China for arbitration.


     The Final Explanation Right

The organizing committee of GZDOC 2019 is entitled to amend the Constitution including rules, terms, or other regulations related to this Constitution, and shall reserve the final explanation right in terms of this Constitution.



The General Office of the Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2019

February, 2019