The Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF) is Asia’s oldest and longest running international ethnographic film festival. TIEFF consists both of a biennial festival held in Taipei in the Fall, and touring festival, including a portion of the selected films, which is held all across Taiwan the following Spring. 2017 will be our ninth festival since our founding in 2001. TIEFF is more than just a venue for screening films and videos; it is also a forum for cross-cultural education, discussion, and exchange. For this reason, and because we are already highly selective in choosing films for the festival, there is no competition.
TIEFF is an ethnographic film festival. As such, we do not consider works of fiction or experimental films unless they have a strong ethnographic component (which should be explained when filling out the entry form). Films can be submitted to either of two categories: the CENTRAL THEME, which is open to documentary films produced any time related to the chosen theme for that year. Or, the NEW VISION category, which is open to ethnographic films completed in the two years prior to the festival. (For this festival that would mean films completed between 2015 and 2017.)
This year’s theme, “Beyond the Human,” seeks to challenge human exceptionalism: the belief that we humans can dictate the terms of our relationship with the non-human. Inspired by recent anthropological research into the interconnections between humans, animals, technology, the environment, and the spirit-world, we are particularly interested in films which explore how our relationships with the non-human challenge our self-perception as a species. Moving “Beyond the Human” does not mean leaving humanity behind; it means expanding our definition to include even more of that which makes us human.
Submission period: December 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Final notification date: July 31, 2017
Festival dates: October 6 – 10, 2017 (in Taipei, Taiwan)
TIEFF is an ethnographic film festival. As such, we do not consider works of fiction or experimental films unless they have a strong ethnographic component (which should be explained when filling out the entry form).
Films can be submitted to either of two categories:
- The CENTRAL THEME, which is open to documentary films produced any time related to the chosen theme for that year. (See above for the description of this year’s theme.)
- Or, the NEW VISION category, which is open to ethnographic films completed in the two years prior to the festival. (2015-2017)
All entries must be at least ten minutes long. Each director is limited to two entries. Entries in any language other than English or Chinese should be subtitled in either language.
The festival is open to films/videos made in all formats.
Instructions for Submitting Films
All entries must be submitted via our Film Freeway account at: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TIEFF
TIEFF does not require entries fees to submit to the festival.
All entrants should complete the FilmFreeway submission form presented during the submission process.
All screeners should be submitted online through FilmFreeway. They can either be uploaded directly to your FilmFreeway account or linked to files hosted on Vimeo or YouTube.
If the screener is password protected, be sure to provide a password that is valid for at least six months from the date of submission, or until the selection process is completed (whichever comes first). It is your responsibility to notify us if any changes are made.
If there is a reason you are unable to submit your film via FilmFreeway which cannot be solved by their technical support, feel free to contact us via email <[email protected]> for further assistance.
Rules and Terms
TIEFF does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.
Once a film is selected, the holder of its copyrights automatically authorizes TIEFF to promote the production on public television and on the internet in short trailers up to 4 minutes in length.
If your film is selected, you must provide a press kit, including production stills that the festival can use in its promotional materials, publications and on social media.
A copy of all films selected for the festival will be preserved in TIEFF office. (For internal, non-public, academic use only.)
All films are required to have English subtitles for non-English dialogue. We ask Chinese speaking directors to provide both Chinese and English subtitles for their films. TIEFF will provide Chinese subtitles for films by non-Chinese speaking directors.
In order to produce the subtitled version of the film for screening, we require that we receive high quality tapes (such as BETACAM SP NTSC) or digital masters that we can use to make the subtitled version of the film for screening. As this technology is constantly changing, we will discuss this with directors after their films have been selected.
The festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes to these rules and regulations at any time and without notice.
Tsai, Futuru C.L.
Friedman, P. Kerim
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2017 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF)
Room 2610, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica,
Nankang, Taipei 115, TAIWAN