Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival has put out their call for submissions for their 2011 festival, their 15th edition. They are Canada's largest Asian film festival dedicated to films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.
Their deadline is June 1, 2011. But if you submit by the earlybird deadline of April 1, there is no submission fee.
From my observations and experience as a filmmaker and regular participant in their festival, they treat their guest filmmakers very well, and they have excellent volunteers, staff and audiences. Participating filmmakers receive an honourarium and are eligible to win a number of awards which come with substantial prizes in cash or goods & services.
The 2011 Reel Asian Festival takes place November 8-13 in Toronto and 18-19 in Richmond Hill.
2011 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE 15TH ANNUAL TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THE 2011 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW OPEN
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE - APRIL 1, 2011 (NO SUBMISSION FEE)
FINAL DEADLINE - JUNE 1, 2011 (SUBMISSION FEE $20 CAD)
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
Reel Asian is Canada’s largest and longest-running showcase dedicated to contemporary Asian cinema and media arts from Asia, North America and all over the world. Annually, the festival attracts thousands of attendees to six exciting days of screenings, industry events and galas.
Applicants whose work has been selected will be notified by mid September. The programming line-up will be officially announced at the festival press launch on Tuesday, October 12, 2011. Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival's 14th Annual Edition will take place on November 8 to 19, 2011.
GUIDELINES, RULES AND REGULATIONSWe welcome new film and video submissions by and/or about East/Southeast Asians from around the world, including North America.
We encourage submissions that are independently produced with an East/Southeast Asian/Asian North American in a key creative role. (Reel Asian defines East and Southeast Asia to include the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.)
We welcome films and videos of all genres, including but not limited to: narrative, documentary, short, animation, experimental, etc.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
EARLY DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2011 (NO SUBMISSION FEE)
FINAL DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2011 ($20 CAD SUBMISSION FEE)
3) SUPPORT MATERIALS (in addition to printed and signed application form)
A DVD preview copy must be received post-marked by the deadline to be considered for the 2011 festival. Do not send masters or irreplaceable material. Submission DVDs must be playable on standalone DVD players. Please label each item clearly with title, director’s name, running time, year, and contact information. Previews will not be returned. Please help us minimize waste by sending previews in a paper sleeve. Do not send unnecessary printed material.
4) SENDING INSTRUCTIONS
Send all support material to:
Heather Keung, Artistic Director
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 309. Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada
For international packages: The customs declaration should clearly state the preview video has no commercial value, is for temporary consideration and for cultural use only. Reel Asian will not cover the resulting customs and duties charges, and will refuse the package. Do not send entries in a fibre-filled envelope as viewing equipment can be damaged.
Applicants will not receive a confirmation that their submission was received. Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance by mid September. The programming line-up with presentation dates and times will be officially announced at the festival press launch in mid-October.
6) EXHIBITION FORMAT and PRINT TRAFFIC DETAILS
Selected applicants must provide a 35mm print, Digi Beta, or BetacamSP. DVD is not an acceptable exhibition format. Reel Asian is not responsible for transfer cost for the appropriate exhibition format.
The participant agrees to pay print shipping costs to the festival. The festival will pay the return shipping cost (one way). Shipping information (such as where/when the tape/print is coming and going to) must be settled upon confirmation of participation. The exhibition tape/print must arrive at the festival one month prior to the festival.
7) ARTIST FEES
Reel Asian is committed to paying artist fees to directors in selection and follows standard rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Artist fees will be paid post-festival.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do you accept student submissions?
A: Yes, we encourage submissions from students and first-time directors. We have programs specifically for youth and students.
Q: Are work-in-progress submissions accepted?
A: Ideally submissions are complete, however we will accept works-in-progress for preview (not exhibition) that are nearly complete and will be completed before October 2011. Works-in-progress should be clearly labeled “work-in-progress” and the elements that are incomplete must be specified in the application.
Q: I’m an Asian/Asian North American director, but my film/video has no Asian characters / subjects in it. What are the chances of my film being accepted?
A: Yes, Reel Asian would like to see diverse Asian talent on screen. However, Reel Asian will also consider work by Asian directors that does not specifically feature Asian characters/ subjects. Reel Asian also showcases work by non-Asian directors that feature Asian content.
Q: Do you have any premiere status requirements?
A: Premiere status is not an absolute requirement; however, premiere status is important to Reel Asian as it increases our ability to promote and publicize the films/videos and festival. Reel Asian prioritizes films and videos that have not had the opportunity to show in Toronto. Reel Asian is the largest festival of its kind in Canada and we encourage directors to premiere in Toronto at our festival.
Q: What if I want to submit more than one title?
A: When submitting more than one title, please submit a separate form and fee for each submission.
Q: What if I have troubles with the online application form?
Q: What if some of the information submitted is not yet confirmed?
A: Please fill out the application form as accurately as possible. If the information submitted (such as premiere status or runtime) changes, notify the artistic director with the details.
Q: Does Reel Asian have awards and what are the categories?
A: Yes, Reel Asian has a number of awards. The final details of the 2011 festival awards will be announced with the festival programming; however, 2011 awards categories will be similar to the 2010 award categories. The 2010 awards were:
NFB BEST CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All Canadian works are eligible for this prize.
$2,500 production budget prize towards the development of winner’s next project
All films made by female GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.
$1,200 programming pass, one-year membership and mentorship from WIFT-T
$1,000 rental credit at Videoscope
ASTRAL’S HAROLD GREENBERG FUND BEST FEATURE FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All feature works are eligible for this prize.
$1,000 cash prize
TSV VISIONARY VIDEO AWARD
All videos made by GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.
$650 in TSV membership dues and services
$100 cash prize upon completion of new work made at Trinity Square Video
REEL ASIAN AUDIENCE AWARD
All feature films at the festival are eligible for this prize.
$500 cash prize
All animated films and videos are eligible for this prize.
$500 cash prize
LIFT AND FUJI BEST FILM AWARD
All films made by GTA-based artists are eligible.
$280 in LIFT membership dues and services
$500 credit towards LIFT equipment and facility rentals, workshops and courses
5 rolls of Fuji 16mm film
MOVIEOLA BEST SHORT FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
Opportunity for broadcast on Movieola.
$300 cash prize
Q: How do award winners get selected?
A: Every year, our programming team assembles a jury that includes notable members of the film community. Previous jurors include: MARINA DI PANCRAZIO, programming executive at Disney Channel Canada, MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA, producer at the National Film Board, DARCY MURPHY Manager of Digital Services at Maple Pictures and Eileen Arandiga, Festival Director at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.