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This constitution is applicable to Golden Kapok Award Competition, Golden Kapok Screening, Industrial Forums, 'China Stories 'International Pitching Session and DOCSHOP at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China,2020. (herein after referred to as GZDOC 2020) 

Introduction of GZDOC

Established in 2003, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (referred to as GZDOC) is the only state-level documentary festival, with a longest history in the country. It’s also a market place with financing and trading functions.

GZDOC is hosted by National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, organized by the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality, Radio and Television Administration of Guangdong Province, executed by Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication of Guangzhou Municipality and operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization.

In the past decade, GZDOC has evolved from an academic seminar with only 147 entries from 10 countries, to one of themost influential professional documentary film festivals in the world. In termsof the entry numbers and the attending countries, GZDOC now ranks as the topdocumentary festival in Asia and stands among the top 8 major professional documentary festivals around the globe. It works with more than 30 international film festivals and a dozen of industry associations to promote documentaries from various countries.

GZDOC 2020 will be held from Dec.14th to 17th in Guangzhou, China.

Each year, representatives from more than 100 influential documentaries broadcasting media, online streaming platforms, production houses, distribution agencies and industrial associations from China and abroad gather in December. Several thousand of industry executives, decision makers, producers, content buyers, as well award-winning directors will attend and discuss the latest trend of the industry in China and on the global market.

Golden Kapok Award Competition, Golden Kapok Screening, China Story International Pitching Session, DOCSHOP and NextWave Doc are major components of GZDOC.

GZDOC 2020Key Events

1. Golden Kapok Award Competition

GZDOC is calling for entries among global documentary production companies, broadcasters, distributors, independent producers and people from all circles for documentary feature films, short documentaries, and documentary series which are abouthistory, culture, art, social issue, current affair, environment, science, technology etc.

GZDOC will invite domestic and global experts,renowned directors and producers to form the international Jury board, who will make initial selection, the 2nd round of selection,and the final round of selection from all submitted films. The Jury members will in theend select best films as the Golden Kapok Award Finalists.

The goal of Golden Kapok Award Competition is to pay respects to the top talents working on documentaries and to their works, to promote Chinese documentaries and to facilitate the exchanges in the documentary industry.

2. Golden Kapok Screening

GZDOC 2020 is dedicated to presenting outstanding documentary films to Chinese audiences. The organizing committee will select hundreds of premium documentaries for screening during the festival, as well as organizing a campus tour around the country in the mid-year. Documentary fans could be part of the festival through TV, online streaming platform, the atres and art spaces. Directors or Producers will be invited to Guangzhou to share their insights on the spot with audiences.


GZDOC DOCHSOP is a year-round factual content marketplace for producers, distributors,content buyers and commissioners. The Doc Shop library includes the GZDOC official selections, as well as the festival’s curated playlists of documentary titles from the past decade.

The Doc Shop will set aside a screening area at the GZDOC venue. Participants will watch thefilms submitted to Doc Shop through the on-demand screening system. Screening reports will then be generated, recording the viewers’ purchasing interests. GZDOC staff will process these requests after the festival.

 4. 'China Stories' International Pitching Session

This session started from 2004, including pitching trainings, pitching forums and one-on-one meetings with the decision makers. Each year, it will select top 10 bestpitches from around 200 submitted projects.

GZDOC recruits work-in-progress projects for and from global market. In 2020, the GZDOC pitching session will have 3 segments: 'China Stories' International Pitching Session, International Pitching Session and 2020 Special Focus Pitch - World Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. It hopes to cultivate the documentary projects that best reflect China and its people, as well as global issues. 

5. Industrial Conferences

GZDOC 2020 will plan industrial conferences, that could best reflect the industry trends in Chinaand global market. Speakers will be industry executives, decision makers, producers, content buyers, as well as award-winning directors. By gathering these professional talents, GZDOC provides the best opportunities to meet industry insiders, to understand the latest development from various partners and to learn the industry prospects for the next year.

 5. Special Focus Events

GZDOC 2020 will jointly host special focus events with various partners, i.e. documentary channels, online streaming platforms, production houses, distribution agencies and industrial associations.GZDOC partners will release new development strategies, factual content trends, new co-production projects etc. at such Special Focus Events. 

 6. Master Classes/ Workshops

Award-winning producers and directors will share their unique insights and experiences about the production.

7.Galas & Receptions

GZDOC 2020 will hold various cultural exchange events, such as GZDOC 2020 Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony Gala, Premiere in Guangzhou, Themed Lunche on and Cocktail Reception sponsored by the countries of honor etc.

Submission Guidance of Competition, Screening, Pitching, and DocShop

If you feel interested in submitting your films to Competition, Screening, Pitching or DOCSHOP, please log on the official website of GZDOC (, fill in the online form and submit materials after reviewing the submission rules. Please make sure to verify anddouble check the information that you are submitting. The information yousubmit 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 Docshop, shall guarantee that they own the copyright of the films and the films are producedby themselves. For co-productions, the various parties shall be marked asco-producers. Meanwhile,applicants shall guarantee that they have cleared copyrightsfor music, trailers, videos, footages and all materials used in the films, or they have been licensed and authorized by the related copyright owners. Any legal disputes caused by the copyright issues shall be borne by the person who submit the films, instead of the Organizing Committee. If the submitted films have any copyright disputes,the organizing committee will reserve theright to cancel the competition qualification of the film, including recallingany awards or prizes presented before.

Authorizationfor editing right of submitted films

For all the films submitted for Competition, Screening, Pitching and DOCSHOP, the organizing committee is entitled to edit a no-more-than 3 mins trailer of the film, aspart of the promotional materials at GZDOC, to be usedin the theaters, on TV,internet, Mobile TV, public screenings,interviews or other promotional uses.The authorization period of the edited clips shall be 2 years by default.The organizing committee of GZDOC is authorized to use clips from award-winning films for non-commercial offline screening and for promotion purposes.Once the films and materials are submitted,it could be recognized as acceptance of all the aboveterms of this Constitution.


Shall any legal disputes arise, the Organizing Committee will submit the lawsuits to the Court of Guangzhou Municipality of Guangdong Province of China for arbitration.

The Final Explanation Right

The Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2020 is entitled to amend the Constitution including conditions, terms, or other regulations related to this Constitution, and shall reserve thefinal explanation right of this Constitution.

The General Office of the Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2020

March, 2020