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Regulations : Competition

October 17th (Sat.) to October 25th (Sun.)
The Tokyo International Film Festival (hereafter referred to as TIFF) regulations follow the Regulations for International Film Festival provided by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
ARTICLE 1: Eligibility
All films selected and invited for the Competition must meet the following conditions:
(1)Must be feature films completed after January 1st 2009.
(2)Should be in 35mm format.
(3)Must not have been screened at main competition section of "competitive feature film festivals (non-specialised)" accredited by FIAPF(*1) prior to TIFF.
(4)Must have its East-Asian Premiere at TIFF. World and International Premieres are given priority.
(5)Films running under 60 minutes will not be accepted.
(6)Documentary films are not eligible.
The application of these conditions belongs at the discretion of TIFF.
(*1)Please refer to FIAPF’s official web site for the list of accredited Festivals:
ARTICLE 2: Prizes
TIFF will award the following prizes in accordance with the decision of the International Competition Jury who is obliged to award the following prizes:
-Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix (for the producer and the director *2)
(cash prize of 50,000 US dollar)
-Special Jury Prize (for the producer and the director *1)
(cash prize of 20,000 US dollar)
-Award for Best Director
(cash prize of 5,000 US dollar)
-Award for Best Actress
(cash prize of 5,000 US dollar)
-Award for Best Actor
(cash prize of 5,000 US dollar)
-Award for Best Artistic Contribution (Photography, Sound, Art Direction, Music, Script etc.)
(cash prize of 5,000 US dollar)
(*2) The cash prize is to be shared equally by the producer and the director.
ARTICLE 3: Invitation
TIFF will invite the director and the lead actor/actress of selected film.
ARTICLE 4: Entry for Pre-Selection
Entry Form must be submitted through Festival's website: http://www.tiff-jp.net
(1)Those who are qualified according to the conditions of Article 1 hereinabove may apply to the Competition by
submitting the references and materials requested in the Entry Form.
(2)All the materials should be sent to:

Tokyo International Film Festival : Competition Section
5F, Tsukiji Yasuda Bldg., 2-15-14, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045 JAPAN
TEL: 81-3-3524-1081 / FAX: 81-3-3524-1087

(3)All the materials must be shipped prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers and received by TIFF
no later than July 15th, 2009. The materials submitted to the Festival will not be returned.
(4)The result of Pre-Selection will be notified via e-mail by early September 2009.
ARTICLE 5: Materials for the Selected Films
Participants whose films have been selected are required to send the following materials to TIFF.
(1)Entry Sheet (provided by TIFF, for all necessary information regarding the selected film)
- TO BE FILLED-OUT AND RETURNED TO TIFF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE upon acceptance of the Invitation.
(2)Dialogue lists in original-language, English Subtitle List & Spotting List for Japanese subtitles
(3)Digital Photo Data (*350dpi, jpg format): main photo of the film, sub cuts of the film, and the director photo
(4)DVD screener with English subtitle
(5)Trailer and Excerpts of the film in Betacam SP NTSC format (for TV publicity) and DVD or DVCAM (for TIFF website)
(6)Press Kit
(7)10 posters
(8)Promotional Materials for the booth at TIFFCOM, the co-hosting film market.
All the above materials, except 1 and 3, must reach the address on ARTICLE 4, 2), no later than September 7th, 2009.
The shipping fees for the above materials must be borne by participants.
ARTICLE 6: Print and Subtitles for the Selected Films
One 35mm composite print in the original-language version with English subtitles, must be sent to the following address:
Tokyo International Film Festival c/o NIPPON CINE ARTS CO., LTD:
B6 Building, 530 Tsurumaki-cho, Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0041 JAPAN
TEL: 81-3-6457-6341 / FAX: 81-3-5292-6532
All prints must reach the above address between September 7th-11th 2009.
All films will be screened in the original-language version with both English and Japanese subtitles, except for films in English version, which will be shown with Japanese subtitles only. Only Japanese subtitles shall be screened using electronic subtitling system paid by TIFF.
ARTICLE 7: Transportation and Insurance
(1)Shipping costs to Tokyo plus insurance fees while in transit should be borne by participants. TIFF will pay for the return transportation charges.
(2)TIFF will pay storage and insurance costs for selected films throughout the period which the cinematographic materials are in the Festival's custody.
(3)In case of print loss or damage, Festival liability will not exceed the cost of making a new print according to the current laboratory rates for a standard print. TIFF will return the print to the address indicated within two weeks after the Festival ends.
ARTICLE 8: Submission Agreement
Person responsible for the submission must agree with the below:
(1)Cannot withdraw their entry once they have signed the Agreement Form for the official selection.
(2)Shall give careful attention to a third party (ex. Japanese distributor) who might interfere with this agreement.
ARTICLE 9: Understanding & Acceptance
Participants in the Competition are deemed to have fully understood and accepted all the regulations and entry form. Matters not covered by the regulations and entry form and any questions arising thereof will be resolved by the TIFF Organizing Committee in accordance with the regulations of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Deadline for the competition entries: July 15th, 2009
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