Macau International Short Film Festival (12)



Deadlines

16 Mar 2021
Call for entries

20 Jul 2021
Final deadline

26
days

15 Sep 2021
Notification date

02 Dec 2021
09 Dec 2021

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 2020
 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: 02 December 2021      Festival end: 09 December 2021

MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”) is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film and music videos 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 2021; and VOLUME is open for submission until 20 July 2021.

The Festival was previously known as "Sound & Image Challenge" and 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 2 to 9 December 2021. A series of cultural programs will be scheduled in venues throughout Macau during the Festival week, such as public screenings of “SHORTS” official selection and “VOLUME” music videos official selection, Masterclasses of film production, development, International Film Festival curatorship and organising; audience voting for “Audience Choice”; as well as gala awards ceremony.

Best Film of the FESTIVAL - MOP20,000
Best Fiction - MOP10,000
Best Documentary - MOP10,000
Best Animation - MOP10,000
Best Local Entry - MOP10,000
Macau Cultural Identity - MOP10,000
Audience Choice - MOP4,000

Best Music Video - MOP10,000

MOP 8 ≈ USD 1

Other awards include:
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Editing
• Best Music
• Best Sound Design
• Best Student Film
• Best Visual Effects (Shorts)
• Best Visual Effects (Volume)
• Best Song (Volume)

*All awards include a trophy and certificate

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SHORTS SECTION
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1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”) is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film and music videos 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 2021. 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 from 2nd to 9th December 2021. The venue will be announced later.


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 2020 and 16th June 2021. Films selected in previous editions of the 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/subtitles for non-English spoken films is 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@MacauInternationalShortFilmFestival.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 2021.

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 [720p or above, please refer to 3.7]

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 authorization 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 in August 2021.

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 of the FESTIVAL.

5.2 The panels will also select the potential student films for the Best Student Film award in the above categories.

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) or Authorization to Stay - Student Type.

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

5.8 Another Jury Panel composed of international experts will decide on the winner of the following PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS in Fiction:
• 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 recognize any film with a special award.

5.11 All winners will receive a TROPHY and a CERTIFICATE.






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VOLUME SECTION
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1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”) is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau music videos and 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 song.


2 IMPORTANT DATES AND VENUE

2.1 The submission opens from 16th March to 20th July 2021. 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 from 2nd to 9th December 2021. The venue will be announced later.


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 2020 and 20th July 2021. MVs selected in previous editions of the 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 any original song by Macau band (“BAND”).

3.7 For any non-LISTED SONG used, 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 the song to be used exclusively in the production of MVs for the submission to VOLUME. Any other purposes require the authorization 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@MacauInternationalShortFilmFestival.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 2021.

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) for non-LISTED SONG: BAND’s Biography [max 40 words]
6) Video file (720p or above, please refer to 3.9)

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) for non-LISTED SONG: BAND’s Biography [max 40 words]
5) 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 MV. Submitters have to attach a proof of authorization 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 in August 2021.

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 potential 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 on the winner of 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 recognize any film with a special award.

5.6 All winners will receive a TROPHY and a CERTIFICATE.


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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.



Organizer:
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
info@MacauInternationalShortFilmFestival.com
www.MacauInternationalShortFilmFestival.com


  

 
  

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