Reel Asian is the largest and longest-running Asian film festival in Canada and is very supportive of Asian talent, both locally and internationally. They accept any work that features people who are East Asian, Southeast Asian or Asian North American (ie. ethnically from East or Southeast Asia) in a key creative role(s) – lead actor/actress, writer, director or producer.
Filmmakers who are selected will be eligible for a number of awards that are offered, many of which come with cash prizes. They also offer a modest artist fee to filmmakers whose work is shown at the festival.
The earlybird deadline with no submission fee is April 1, 2012. After that, it'll cost a small fee of $20 to submit and you have until June 1st to send it in.
The 16th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival takes place from November 6-11 in Toronto and November 16-17 in Richmond Hill.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE - APRIL 1, 2012 (NO SUBMISSION FEE)
FINAL DEADLINE - JUNE 1, 2012 (SUBMISSION FEE $20 CAD)
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 eight 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 in mid-October. Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival's 16th Annual Edition will take place on November 6-11 (Toronto) and November 16-17 (Richmond Hill).
GUIDELINES, RULES AND REGULATIONS
We 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, 2012 (NO SUBMISSION FEE)
FINAL DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2012 ($20 CAD SUBMISSION FEE)
ENTRY SUBMISSION FORM HERE
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 2012 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:
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.