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2017 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China

Rules on DocuMart Pitch

These rules apply to all projects for GZDOC 2017.

GZDOC has called for outstanding “China Stories”documentary projects as an effort to encourage international documentary co-productions. This is how we can fulfill the mission of communicating Chinese culture throughout the world: China stories with international appeal. With the support of market and People’s government of Guangdong Province, the Pitching session of the festival will introduce more qualified projects to Chinese platforms and New Medias so as to promote financing, commissions and co-productions of documentaries.

Application

1)       Projects should be in development (research, pre-production or production), completed films will NOT be accepted.

2)       Projects should be looking for funding, co-production, distribution, pre-sales, etc.

3)       No limit on the number of projects submitted.

4)       No limit on application countries/districts.

5)       The Organization Committee(OC) will not charge entry fee.

6)       Projects contents should NOT contain controversial topics that are hostile to the Chinese government or that will lead to dispute. GZDOC reserves all rights of selection.

 

Categories

Projects can choose to apply for the following three categories according to projects contents and film length.

 

I. “China Stories” TV Series

Entries Targets: Series documentary.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: Strong Chinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length:Chinese TV series broadcast format of 26 to 52 minutes per episode/minimum of 2 episodes

 

II. New Media Special

Entries Targets: Documentary IP that is suitable for New Medias.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: Strong Chinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length: No limit

 

III.Documentary Films Special

Entries Targets: Documentary features that are suitable for international markets.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: Strong Chinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length: More than 70 minutes.

 

Funding Opportunities

1) Financial bonus from sponsors

2) Financial support from Golden Kapok Fund

3) Co-production with Chinese broadcast platform

4) Promotion to international film festivals (IDFA, Hot Docs, CCDF, etc)


Submission Guideline

Step 1: Online Application >>Click Here<<

(Including applicant profile, project synopsis, proposer blog, shooting schedule, financial plan, team blog, etc)

Step 2: Send application materials via email.

Please send the following materials to project@gzdoc.cn along with contact information.

1)      Trailer format: MOV, H264, 1080P

   Length: less than 3 minutes

   Please upload the video online (download link& password provided)     

2)      2 Stills of the project: at least 300 dpi, JPG format, no less than 1MB

All materials submitted should be in both Chinese andEnglish

 

Submission Deadline

September 20, 2017, 24:00 China Standard Time

All projects should complete the whole application process and submit all application materials needed before this time.

 

Timeline

1) Projects Calling: April 20 -September 20

2) Domestic promotion: June and September

3) Initial Selection: October 20

4) Review Selection and Notification: mid-November

   Qualified projects complete registration

5) Festival Pitch: December 11-14

 

Statements

I.                   Copyright Statement

1)     Applicant (or applying institution) shall possess the copyright or distribution right of the film submitted by him/her, and shall ensure that there is no dispute over copyright of the film, and the copyrights/authorization of the copyright owner(s) to use the music, video image and texts contained/used in the film are obtained. Any dispute arose out of or in relation to the copyright of the film shall be borne by the applicant (or applying institution).

 

2)     The OC is entitled to use the application materials, stills, posters and trailers of each film to promote GZDOC through presswork, promotional video, cinema, TV, Internet,mobile TV and public areas.

 

3) The OC is entitled to duplicate each film exclusive for only archiving other than any commercial purpose.

 

II.                Statement of Interests

 

1)   1)    All applicants shall strictly abide by the Rules on Documentary Film Projects of 2017 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

 

2)     GZDOC shall assume no responsibility for any consequences arose out of or in relation to any error in submission of materials and/or completion of forms.

 

3)    If the Rules are modified, we will post an announcement on our website. The applicant can withdraw from the event if he/she thinks the modified clauses are unacceptable by notifying the OC within 10 working days after the announcement is posted. Otherwise, we will deem that the applicant accepts all the modified clauses.

 

4)    All applications for the Documentary Film Projects of 2017 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival shall agree to the terms and rules above. Any dispute hereof shall be subject to the independent jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of the People’s Republic of China.

 

5) The OC reserves all rights to final explanation of the Rules.

 

6) The OC reserves all rights to final explanation of all activities.

 

Contact

Ms. Lei Wanting

project@gzdoc.cn

+86 20 3878 01 50-810

+86 10 8559 0177-816