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2018 Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 17th annual Urban Nomad Film Fest, to be held in Taiwan from April and May 2018. Awards include video production services and NT$50,000 in cash prizes. There are three submission categories, as follows:

Taiwan Competition: for feature films, short films, documentary, animation or other video works produced in Taiwan by directors of any nationality, by Taiwanese living abroad, or by films otherwise connected to Taiwan

Taiwan Music Video Competition: for music videos produced in Taiwan or by Taiwanese bands

Out of Competition Section: for feature films, short films, documentary, animations or other video works from outside Taiwan or not wishing to join the competition

Submission deadline: Feb. 19 (Mon) 11:59pm (Taiwan time: GMT +8)

Generally, we are looking for works exhibiting strong visions, story-driven ideas and creativity. The competition sections intend mainly to foster the creative community in Taiwan. The “non-competition” section aims to show innovative filmmaking from around the world, through a mix of invited films and open submissions. Short films in the “non-competition” section have increasingly become a way of connecting with indie filmmakers in regional communities.

If accepted, your work be screened as part of the 2018 Urban Nomad Film Fest, and competition entries will be eligible for cash and other prizes. As filmmakers, you will be celebrated as queens and kings of the earth and receive a festival pass to screenings and all film-related events.

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SUBMIT FILM TO TAIWAN COMPETITION

Deadline: Feb. 19 (Mon) 11:59pm

Eligibility: Works must be produced between 2016 and 2018. Works qualify for the “Taiwan Competition” if they meet ANY of the following criteria:

  • the filmmakers is Taiwanese
  • the filmmaker is a resident of Taiwan
  • the film is produced in Taiwan

Genres: Feature films, short films, animation, experimental films, documentary, narrative, other video works. There are no genre restrictions. (Music Videos must apply in a separate category.)

Awards:
The Big Nomad Prize $20,000
Jury Prize $10,000
Audience Choice Award $10,000
Far East Rising Star Award: free production of one DCP

Selection Process
First round: From general submissions, Urban Nomad’s internal curatorial team selects films for the festival screening program. These films are “2017 official selections” and eligible for the Audience Choice Award.
Jury round: Urban Nomad’s curatorial team will select several “Nominees” for cash prizes and other awards. Prizes will be decided by an independent jury.

Feature Films: Feature films in the competition section must be a Taipei premier.

Rules and Guidelines

  • Feature films are defined as 60 minutes or longer. Short films are defined as 59min or less.
  • Feature films must be a Taiwan premiere. If you are submitting to other festivals at the same time and the premiere status changes, or if you have questions about premiere status, please contact us by email.
  • Short films may not be considered if they have already screened at more than two major festivals in Taipei (i.e. Golden Horse, Taipei Film Festival, TIDF, CNEX, Golden Harvest).
  • Short films may receive preference if they are a Taipei or Taiwan premiere.
  • Films in Mandarin Chinese should have English subtitles. Films in English should have Chinese subtitles. Films in other languages should have Chinese and English subtitles. In some cases, subtitles may be added after a film is selected to the festival.
  • For each work, please fill out our online application form one time. If you are submitting more than one work, you must fill out the online application more than once. (Ex: 3 films = 3 applications)
  • Please do not submit the same film you submitted in previous years.
  • A filmmakers can submit a maximum of three works.
  • Please make sure that multiple applicants do not submit the same work.
  • There is no submission fee
  • Urban Nomad reserves the right to make adjustments to the competition and prizes.
  • If your work is chosen for screening, we will additionally need a signed consent form (hard copy) before it becomes an “Official Selection” to the 2018 Urban Nomad Film Fest.
  • Urban Nomad has the right to group films into screening programs and will decide screening categories, venues and schedule.
  • Urban Nomad has the right to determine whether a film is eligible for competition.
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For international films, or Taiwanese films that do not wish to participate in Urban Nomad’s competition sections.

SUBMIT FILM OUT OF COMPETITION

Deadline: Feb. 19 (Mon) 11:59pm (Taiwan time GMT +8)

Eligibility: Produced 2016 to 2018

Genres: Feature films, short films, animation, experimental films, documentary, narrative, other video works. There are no genre restrictions.

Selection Process: The non-competition section is decided by Urban Nomad’s curatorial team.

Feature Films and films with screening restrictions: Feature films must be a Taiwan premier. If you’d like to submit, but your film has special restrictions or screening requirements, please contact us directly: urbannomadfilmfest@gmail.com

Rules and Guidelines

  • Feature films are defined as 60 minutes or longer. Short films are defined as 59min or less.
  • Feature films must be a Taiwan premiere. If you are submitting to other festivals at the same time and the premiere status changes, or if you have questions about premiere status, please contact us by email.
  • Short films may not be considered if they have already screened at more than two major festivals in Taipei (i.e. Golden Horse, Taipei Film Festival, TIDF, CNEX, Golden Harvest).
  • Short films may receive preference if they are a Taipei premiere or Taiwan premiere.
  • English subtitles are required for films not in Mandarin Chinese or English.
    Urban Nomad will screen films with Chinese subtitles. If the film’s language is not English, both Chinese and English subtitles may be added. In some cases, Urban Nomad may request an applicant to add subtitles.
  • For each work, please fill out our online application form one time. If you are submitting more than one work, you must fill out the online application more than once. (Ex: 3 films = 3 applications)
  • Please do not submit the same film you submitted in previous years.
  • A filmmakers can submit a maximum of three works.
  • Please make sure that multiple applicants do not submit the same work.
  • There is no submission fee
  • Urban Nomad reserves the right to make adjustments to the competition and prizes, as well as eligibility of individual films for prizes.

  • If your work is chosen for screening, we will additionally need a signed consent form (hard copy) before it becomes an “Official Selection” to the 2018 Urban Nomad Film Fest program.
  • Urban Nomad has the right to group films into screening programs and will decide screening categories, venues and schedule.
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SUBMIT MUSIC VIDEO

Deadline: Feb. 19 (Mon) 11:59pm

Eligibility: The production year must be 2016 to 2018. The music video must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • the band or musical artist is Taiwanese
  • the filmmakers is Taiwanese
  • the band, artist or filmmaker is a resident of Taiwan
  • the music video is produced in Taiwan

Genre: Music videos (10min or less)

Prizes: $10,000 Best Music Video

Selection Process
Top MVs: Urban Nomad’s internal curatorial team will select a shortlist of “2018 Top Taiwan Music Videos” for the festival program.
Jury round: An independent jury will award prizes to works selected to the Top 10.

Rules and Guidelines

  • For each work, please fill out our online application form one time. If you are submitting more than one work, you must fill out the online application more than once. (Ex: 3 MVs = 3 applications)
  • Please do not submit the same MV you submitted in previous years.
  • A filmmakers can submit a maximum of 5 music videos.
  • Please make sure that multiple applicants do not submit the same work.
  • There is no submission fee
  • Urban Nomad reserves the right to make adjustments to the competition and prizes, as well as eligibility of individual films for prizes.
  • If your work is chosen for screening, we will additionally need a signed consent form (hard copy) before it becomes an “Official Selection” to the 2018 Urban Nomad Film Fest.
  • Urban Nomad has the right to group films into screening programs and will decide screening categories, venues and schedule.
  • Urban Nomad has the right to determine whether a music video is eligible for competition.