Saturday, January 03, 2009

Call for Submissions for the 8th Annual Urban Nomad Film Fest

NT$12,000 in prizes! New section for video art! We need volunteers

The Urban Nomad Film Fest is now accepting entries for its 2009 festival, to take place in Taipei and Hsinchu in late April and early May. We will give NT$12,000 in prizes for the best short local films. The entry deadline is March 11 (extended from March 1).

We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS, especially translators and event staff. If you’re interested, please apply through our website.

People keep asking us what our theme is, so we came up with “Sex, Drugs and Human Rights” for 2009. If you have no idea what that means, don’t worry about it. We’re looking for films that are: weird, funny, extreme, socially concerned, political, sex-related, documentary, rock ‘n roll, skate/surf, experimental, etc., etc. This year we will create a second, special screen for video art. Get excited. It’ll be near the beer.

Rules and Suggestions:

- Films under 15 minutes stand a greater chance of getting accepted.
- Priority will be given to films with both Chinese and English: in other words, Chinese language films should English subtitles, and all other films should have Chinese subtitles.
- Films should be produced no later than 2007.
- Do not submit the same film you submitted in previous years.
- You must fill out one application form per film.
- Each film should be on its own DVD.
- You can send more than one DVD per package.
- Please send regular mail or registered mail. Please do not use express mail or courier delivery.

If your film or is accepted, you will be invited to an opening party, toasted royally, and if you can speak at the screening of your film, that would be awesome!

We've almost sorry to say we already have more than enough volunteers. You people are really awesome!

International Applications:
We are very happy to receive submissions from outside Taiwan and even outside of Asia. Every year we include international feature-length films and documentaries, shorts and experimental works. We also invite a few overseas directors to screen their films and speak. If you have a feature-length film, please let us know about it by late January, which is when we usually decide on feature programming. Please know that our core programming is about films related to Taiwan or Asia, and that it is much easier for us to show films that are in Chinese or have Chinese subtitles. (No dialogue is also good.) That said, we are also have a thing for films and videos related to new technologies, that are socially or environmentally conscious, and that show how global changes affect us all. If you believe you have a great film that fits our style, we’re very happy to take a look.

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 11, 2009 (extended from March 1)
FORMAT: DVD or MPEG2 (NTSC); no MOV files!
ADDRESS: 5F, #16 Jinmen St., Taipei, Taiwan