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2017 GuangzhouInternational Documentary Film Festival, China

Rules on DocuMart Pitch

These rules apply to all projects for GZDOC 2017.

GZDOC has called for outstanding “China Story”documentary projects as an effort to encourage international documentaryco-productions. This is how we can fulfill the mission of communicating Chineseculture throughout the world: China stories with international appeal. With thesupport of market and People’s government of Guangdong Province, the Pitchingsession of the festival will introduce more qualified projects to Chinese platformsand New Medias so as to promote financing, commissions and co-productions ofdocumentaries.


1)       Projects should be indevelopment (research, pre-production or production), completed films will NOTbe accepted.

2)       Projects should belooking for funding, co-production, distribution, pre-sales, etc.

3)       No limit on the numberof projects submitted.

4)       No limit on applicationcountries/districts.

5)       The OrganizationCommittee(OC) will not charge entry fee.

6)       Projects contents shouldNOT contain controversial topics that are hostile to the Chinese government orthat will lead to dispute. GZDOC reserves all rights of selection.



Projects canchoose to apply for the following three categories according to projectscontents and film length.


I. “China Stories” TV Series

Entries Targets: Series documentary.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: StrongChinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length:Chinese TV series broadcast format of 26 to 52 minutes per episode/minimum of 2episodes


II. NewMedia Special

Entries Targets: Documentary IP that is suitable for New Medias.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: StrongChinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length: Nolimit


III.Documentary Films Special

Entries Targets: Documentary features that are suitable forinternational markets.

Selected projects: 10

Theme: StrongChinese elements, either shooting in China or China-related subjects

Length: Morethan 70 minutes.


Funding Opportunities

1) Financial bonus from sponsors

2) Financial support from GoldenKapok Fund

3) Co-production with Chinesebroadcast platform

4) Promotion to international filmfestivals (IDFA, Hot Docs, CCDF, etc)

Submission Guideline

Step 1: Online Application >>Click Here<<

(Including applicant profile, project synopsis, proposerblog, shooting schedule, financial plan, team blog, etc)

Step 2: Send application materials via email.

Please send the following materials to project@gzdoc.cn along with contactinformation.

1)      Trailer format: MOV, H264, 1080P

   Length: less than 3 minutes

   Please upload the video online (download link& password provided)     

2)      2 Stills ofthe project: at least 300 dpi, JPG format, no less than 1MB

All materials submitted should be in both Chinese andEnglish


Submission Deadline

September 20, 2017, 24:00 ChinaStandard Time

All projects should completethe whole application process and submit all application materials needed before this time.



1) Projects Calling: April 20 -September 20

2) Domestic promotion: June andSeptember

3) Initial Selection: October 20

4) Review Selection andNotification: mid-November

   Qualified projects complete registration

5) Festival Pitch: December 11-14



I.                   CopyrightStatement

1)     Applicant (or applyinginstitution) shall possess the copyright or distribution right of the filmsubmitted by him/her, and shall ensure that there is no dispute over copyrightof the film, and the copyrights/authorization of the copyright owner(s) to use themusic, video image and texts contained/used in the film are obtained. Anydispute arose out of or in relation to the copyright of the film shall be borneby the applicant (or applying institution).


2)     The OC is entitled touse the application materials, stills, posters and trailers of each film topromote GZDOC through presswork, promotional video, cinema, TV, Internet,mobile TV and public areas.


3) The OC is entitled to duplicate each film exclusive for only archivingother than any commercial purpose.


II.                Statementof Interests


1)   1)    All applicants shall strictly abide by the Rules onDocumentary Film Projects of 2017 Guangzhou International Documentary FilmFestival


2)     GZDOC shall assume noresponsibility for any consequences arose out of or in relation to any error insubmission of materials and/or completion of forms.


3)    If the Rules are modified, we will post an announcement on ourwebsite. The applicant can withdraw from the event if he/she thinks themodified clauses are unacceptable by notifying the OC within 10 working daysafter the announcement is posted. Otherwise, we will deem that the applicantaccepts all the modified clauses.


4)    All applications for the Documentary Film Projects of 2017 GuangzhouInternational Documentary Film Festival shall agree to the terms and rules above. Any dispute hereof shall besubject to the independent jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of thePeople’s Republic of China.


5) The OC reserves all rights to final explanation of the Rules.


6) The OC reserves all rights to final explanation of all activities.



Ms. Lei Wanting


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