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27th ifva Awards – Call for Entry 2021

The ifva Awards, formerly known as the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards, is accepting Short Films and Media Art until October 11th, 2021. *Only for Hong Kong and Asian Filmmakers*

About the ifva Awards:
The ifva was founded by the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1995. Over the years, ifva has established itself as Asia’s pioneering force in short film, animation and media arts, by providing a unique and professional platform for Hong Kong and Asian creative talents to unite, exchange and promote their works.

The Awards have five categories, Open Category, Youth Category, Animation Category, Media Art Category and Asian New Force Category.

Rules for ALL categories (except Media Art Category):
– Short Films MUST be produced or updated on or after October 1st, 2020.
– Short Films should not exceed the 30-minute mark (including end credits).
– Works that have been submitted to previous ifva Awards will not be accepted.
– Once the application is submitted, no entrant is allowed to withdraw.

Rules for the Open Category

– Only for filmmakers from Hong Kong (age of 18 or above) or Hong Kong Permanent resident.
– There are NO restrictions on shooting format.
– Accepts ANY type of films (such as fiction, documentary, experimental) except commercial.
– Short Films MUST have English subtitles.
– Submission MUST be done via the ivfa website.

Rules for the Youth Category

– Only for filmmakers from Hong Kong (age of 17 or below) or Hong Kong Permanent resident.
– There are NO restrictions on shooting format.
– Accepts ANY type of films (such as fiction, documentary, experimental) except commercial.
– Short Films MUST have Chinese or English subtitles in case the language of the Entry is not in Cantonese.
– Submission MUST be done via the ivfa website.

Rules for the Asian New Force Category

– Filmmaker MUST be national or permanent resident of ANY Asian countries or region (excluding Hong Kong).
– There are NO restrictions on shooting format.
– Accepts ANY type of films (such as fiction, documentary, experimental) except commercial.
– Short Films MUST have English subtitles.
– Important: Asian filmmakers MUST submit to this category via Film Freeway.

Rules for the Animation Category

– Accepts films from Hong Kong filmmakers (or permanent residents) and Asian filmmakers (or permanent resident of ANY Asian country).
– There are NO restrictions on shooting format.
– Accepts ANY type of films (such as fiction, documentary, experimental) except commercial.
– Short Films MUST have English subtitles.
– Important: Asian filmmakers MUST submit to this category via Film Freeway.

Rules for the Media Art Category

– Entry must be a media artwork completed.
– Media Art works can be in all forms and formats. Digital art, interactive media, computer game, sound art, kinetic art, Virtual Reality (VR) works and any other time-based installation are all welcomed.
– Entrants have no age restriction.
– Entrants can be Hong Kong permanent residents (Hong Kong Division), or nationals / permanent residents of Asian countries and regions (Asia Division).
– Entries must be produced on or after 1 October 2019. Works that have been updated after the said date are also eligible.
– Concept and design of work, demo video, technical requirement, set up plan and diagram are required to be submitted for assessment.
– The documents and video should be in English or with English subtitles.
– In the event that an Entry is shortlisted, such work may be showcased in “The 27th ifva Festival” held at the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre at in March 2022.

Submission Fees:

* Free until August 10th, 2021

Deadline for all Categories: October 11th, 2021 (6:00 pm Hong Kong Time)
Announcement of finalists: 20 December 2021

We recommend filmmakers to read the full rules and regulations here: ifva Rules

To submit to the Open, Youth and Media Art categories please go to https://ifva.com

To submit to the Asian New and Animation categories please go to https://filmfreeway.com/ifvafestival

We remind readers that the 27th ifva Film Festival will take place from February 26th until March 12th 2022, in Hong Kong.

To see other Calls please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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