SUBMIT: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following are answers to some questions that are often asked regarding submitting a film to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. If you have any further questions, please email festival [at] vconline [dot] org.
Q1. Why should I submit my film to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival?
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California area dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders around the world. We were recently named one of "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2017" by MovieMaker Magazine!
If invited, your film will be seen by one of the most sophisticated, enthusiastic and appreciative audiences in the nation, as well as by many festival programmers, and many executives and professionals from the local mainstream entertainment industry.
If your narrative live-action / animated short film is selected by the Festival, and it goes on to win the FESTIVAL GOLDEN REEL AWARD, your film would be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the ACADEMY AWARDS®! We're the only film festival of its kind in the world to have earned this qualification!
The Film Festival has presented to its audiences the works of many influential and award-winning Asian Pacific filmmakers including Lino Brocka, Tony Bui, Christine Choy, Arthur Dong, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ravi Kapoor, Stanley Kwan, Ang Lee, Justin Lin, Freida Lee Mock, Park Kwang-su, Renee Tajima-Peña, Chris Tashima, Ham Tran, Taika Waititi, Wayne Wang, Wong Fu Productions, Wong Kar-wai, Alice Wu, and Jessica Yu, among others. It also provides an opportunity for filmmakers to participate in the most exciting gathering for the Asian American film community and to develop relationships that may well turn into fruitful collaborations.
Q2. What kinds of works do you consider for inclusion into the Film Festival program?
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival accepts films and mediaworks that are principally made by and/or about Asian American, and/or Asian Pacific, individual(s) or communities around the world. All lengths and genres will be considered.
Additionally, the Film Festival welcomes site-specific and transmedia productions, including, but not limited to: multi-episodic web series, multi-channel digital, video, and installation productions, online exhibitions, cross-platform productions, image-mapping projections, and virtual and augmented-reality experiences.
Q3. Can I submit my film entry by mail? Can I submit a DVD screener?
Sorry, no. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival requires all submissions and preview materials to be delivered electronically.
Q4. Are work-in-progress submissions accepted?
Yes, we accept work-in-progress entries for preview purposes only (not for exhibition). Though we prefer to evaluate entries that are as complete as possible, our screening committee will take into account the unfinished state of a submission as it makes its decision. Be sure to indicate on your preview screener the status of the film (i.e., rough cut, fine cut, picture lock, etc.) and specify what elements are still incomplete (i.e., temp sound, color correction needed, etc.). That said, it is in your best interest to submit a version that is as close to completion as possible.
IMPORTANT: If your work-in-progress submission is accepted, you must be prepared to deliver a completed version in time for its Festival Week 2018 screening.
Q5. Can I re-submit a film that was not accepted the previous year?
Yes. Decisions to accept or reject films each year are based on programmatic considerations specific to that year. If your submission was not accepted the previous year, but you feel that you have since improved it significantly, you may very well consider submitting it again.
Q6. I’m an Asian / Asian American filmmaker, but my film has no Asian characters / subjects in it. What are the chances of my film being accepted?
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is interested in both showcasing Asian American, Pacific Islander, Asian and/or Asian diasporic stories, and supporting the works of Asian American, Pacific Islander, Asian and/or Asian diaspora filmmakers. All films will be considered according to programmatic considerations specific to that year.
Q7. Do you have any premiere status requirements?
We generally prefer at least a Los Angeles premiere, especially for feature-length films. Exceptions can be made, but we endeavor to showcase films that have yet to be seen in the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California area.
The Festival presents many world premieres, North American premieres and U.S. premieres, but these are not required. We are not interested in taking away opportunities for your film to be screened in other cities.
Q8. Is running time a consideration in the selection process? (Is it possible for my short film to be too long, for instance?)
It depends. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival considers all works 40 minutes and longer to be features; those shorter than 40 minutes is a short film. There are generally two possibilities for a short film to be showcased at the Film Festival: 1) in a shorts program, or 2) preceding a feature film.
Running time – and whether it is warranted for a film – is one of many factors that are considered in the selection and programming process. We are not as concerned with the actual running time of the film as we are with how effectively that time is used.
Q9. I’m a poor student/starving artist and I spent all of my money on producing the film. Can you waive my entry free?
Unfortunately, no. We understand the severe financial restrictions among many of our entrants. As a non-profit organization, we also operate under severe limitations on resources, and the entry fees help us to produce the best possible showcase for the films. We encourage all entrants to submit by the early deadline.
Q10. I see that the Festival Golden Reel Award winner in Short Narrative Live-Action / Animated Film would be eligible for ACADEMY AWARDS® consideration. Why aren't short documentaries eligible?
The Festival's current qualification is specifically for films which could be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the ACADEMY AWARDS®. We will soon begin the application process for qualification in the Short Documentary Film category, so please stay tuned for updates.
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