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21-Apr-2014 7:43am PDT  

 

The Pineapple Underground Film Festival

5 Annual June 06, 2014 to June 22, 2014

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PUFF 2014
31st Floor
No. 133 Wanchai Road
Hong Kong 000
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Phone: (852) 6888 9694
info@puff-festival.org
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film
World Cinema Dramatic Competition : these are exceptional feature films by ground-breaking filmmakers from around the world. Last year, our films & filmmakers came from the USA, Germany, UK, Portugal, Romania, India, Japan, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Chile, France, Sweden, China and Hong Kong. (If possible, please send 2 DVDs as broadband traffic is heavy in Asia. Thank you.)
Feature Film (Politics & Underground)
Dedicated to passionate filmmakers with a view to making an underlying political statement with a feature narrative or dramatic film; this category showcase filmmakers who are also scholars, political activists, writers, performers and artists. This is a multi-disciplinary era. These are issues which takes more than one medium to explore.

(Filmmakers feel free to enter in either the Feature Film category or in this category; the panel of judges will make the final decision as to which category the films belong )
Short Film
The only limit in this category is the run-time : narrative, documentary, experimental and original films around the world of under 60 minutes.
New Frontier
Experimental and innovative, these films are a convergence of film, art, and new media technology. Transmedia, 3D inspiration and alternative intervention that challenges the film festival language and cinematic presentation. PUFF Experimental are first screened during the film festival and then selected artists will be invited to create a stand-alone exhibition in alternative spaces, theatres and galleries in China.
Documentary Features
Documentaries of over 60 minutes that examines issues that will change our perception of what's happening around us. These people are the pioneers & change-makers !
(Documentaries under 60 minutes will be categorised as Short Film )
Animation Spotlight
PUFF animation spotlight is renowned in Asia for the amazing and outstanding standards in new animation work. Over 20,000 people saw PUFF"s animation program at the annual West Kowloon Cultural District Film Tent.

Created by hand or by software, 2-D or 3-D, animation stretches our imagination and creates different spheres in storytelling.
Sound & Original Score Showcase
Two Worlds Collide

It is not the image alone that creates the meaning; the language of film is created by two worlds collide : sound and sight. PUFF hopes to create an alternative way to think about scoring. The scores and sound design not merely enhance the emotion of the writing, but the non verbal medium provides a commentary in contrast to the visuals or it can lead the narrative flow of the work.

Film as Sound Art - The PUFF Indie Music Showcase is an extraordinary way of pairing original music writers and film. It is a new direction initiated by a film festival. Here, the emphasis is not the film as a whole, but sections of the work with sound and music that creates an outstanding piece of work in its own right.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
PUFF has established as one of the most important premiere and showcase destination for independent films from around the world. Last year, 76 films were shortlisted for competition from over 30 countries; of which 9 feature films and 11 short films were World Premieres. The films were screened over 3 weekends in multiple locations in June 2013 in the global city of Hong Kong, serving as a gateway to audiences in the rest of China. PUFF also held the Secret Cinema in an extraordinary location in Shanghai, China as part of the festival in 2013.

The highly competitive selection focuses on films with narratives that break new grounds, ideas that transcend our times and courage that inspires the world.

What makes PUFF, China becoming a heavy weight is also of its strong curating and programming of the New Frontier program. This program challenges the film festival and film watching language - thus pushing the frontier to transmedia, 3D intervention, experimental and innovation forms for cinematic presentation.

Countries that took part in 2013 include : China, Italy, Germany, UK, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Norway, France, Spain, India, Sierra Leone, Oman, Australia, SIngapore and Japan.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Artistic Focus and Objectives

PUFF creates a platform for established and emerging filmmakers and artists whose work may not easily fit into a commercial film festival. Our New Frontier films pushes film language and storytelling to new limits; our Documentaries reveal real topics that need a more dynamic global discussion; our Feature Films represent the best there is in independent film production around the world from Africa to Argentina and PUFF's celebrated Shorts and Animation programs tells the unconventional as well as universal stories as an art in their own right.

The Festival will consider dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films, trans-media, 3D inspiration and innovative forms of videos or digital audio-visual productions that pushes the boundary of cinematic presentation.

For Features Films in the "Underground & Politics" Category, please send a short & concise mission statement about your viewpoint or cause; state your budget and if it is self-financed. The festival will factor your budget into our consideration.

The Festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games. Films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional productions, music videos, infomercials, obvious branded content or films with pornography or extreme violence.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is not essential to comprehension and appreciation. We highly recommend English films to add English subtitles for the audience.

Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights and permissions for the Festival’s exhibition of each film submitted and use of all accompanying materials.

ORGANIZERS
Chen Zhi Feng (Program Director) ; Cherrion Rodriquez (Publicity Director (English Press)) ; Kwai Lim Feng (Co-Director) ; Li Jia Qin (Artistic Director) ; Lim Hua Yun (Artistic Director) ; Si Yuan Huang (Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES
The Festival will consider dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films, videos or digital audio-visual productions.

For Features Films in the "Underground & Politics" Category, please send a short & concise mission statement about your viewpoint or cause; state your budget and if it is self-financed. The festival will factor your budget into our consideration.

The Festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games. Films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional productions, music videos, infomercials, obvious branded content or films with pornography or extreme violence.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is not essential to comprehension and appreciation. Films in English is highly recommend to include English subtitles because whilst most viewers understand English in this part of the world , they are more comfortable reading English and not so much listening to it.

Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights and permissions for the Festival’s exhibition of each film submitted and use of all accompanying materials.

Submission:

Submissions will be made through www.withoutabox.com. Please send 2 copies of DVDs to Festival Director Mr. Huang Si Yuan, 21st Floor, No 23 Luard Road, Wan chai, Hong Kong, China

Due to increasingly busy broadband usage in China, we highly recommend you would send us DVDs even if you had loaded your film online. We had problems viewing the films online when traffic is heavy.

Submission formats should be DVD or .MOV or .MPEG. if selected to be screened at the Film Festival, films must be in DVD format.

Photos from your work are requested if your submission is selected to be screened at the festival. E-mailed stills to must be in TIFF or JPEG format and 300 dpi (dots per inch).

Submissions after Early Bird deadline must be completed projects.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Please submit 2 copies of your film for selection process. 2. Preview copies & exhibition copies of your film must be on DVD (either PAL or NTSC) and clearly marked with your name, film title, running time, contact phone, and WAB confirmation number. 3.The Pineapple Underground Film Festival ( "PUFF") will only screen productions finished on DVD as all screenings are digital. We do NOT screen from other formats. 4. We accept all film types i.e. narrative, animation, documentary, and foreign language (non-English language films should have English subtitles). 5. All shipping and handling costs to the festival office will be covered by the entrant. Please make sure to indicate "For cultural purposes only, no commercial value" on the shipping/ postal declaration. 6. Entries must be received or postmarked by 5pm, 1st May 2014. 7. If your film is selected for the competition you will be notified by email around 20th May 2013. Screening copies of films, press kits and stills of selected films must be received by 8th May 2014. If your original entry copy is of screening quality there is no need to send another copy. 8. The festival will keep all DVD copies and promotional material. 9. The producer grants the PUFF the rights to: a. Exhibit the film in the 2014 The Pineapple Underground Film Festival and any pre or post Festival screenings or tours for up to 18 months after the 2014 festival; b. Utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for promotional purposes and to exhibit the film in a dedicated 2014 PUFF channel with a view to promoting the film during and after the festival;; and c. Reproduce the films that are selected to screen for exhibition, judging (nominated films go out to jury) or for media review purposes only. 10. The producer warrants to the The Pineapple Underground Film Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. 11. The filmmaker and its agents agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Pineapple Underground Film Festival, its board, judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from all claims and demands, losses, damages, costs and liabilities relating to any films submitted to this festival. 12. Whilst The Pineapple Underground Film Festival will take due care of DVDs entered, the Festival will not be responsible for any loss and/or damage to DVDs while they are in the possession of the Festival or any of the venues hosting the Festival or the tour. 13. Films submitted will be considered for awards for all suitable Festival categories. The circumstance may arise that an award will not be given if no film is deemed outstanding in a category. Advertised prizes are subject to change. 14. Films that have been broadcast on television in or currently screening on the Internet are not eligible for consideration for Awards/Prizes in this Festival. If you still wish to submit your film OUT OF COMPETITION, please contact the Festival Director via email at info@experimenta.hk 15. In the unlikely event the festival is cancelled for any reason fees would be refunded but DVDs cannot be returned. 16. While we will make every effort to stick to screening times as printed, The Pineapple Underground Film Festival cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after schedule is announced.