Schedule:

10th June - 30th June - Open for Entry
30th June - Midnight Bangkok time - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
5th July - Successful Applicants will be informed
19th July - All Teams to arrive in Thailand
20th July - Orientation Day
21st July - Official Send-off. All teams travel to their chosen locations.
21st July - 24th July - Teams shoot  and edit their films.
24th July - Teams return to Bangkok before midnight.
25th July - Teams must submit their films by 12.00 noon
26th July - Screening and Judging
27th July - Awards Ceremony
28th July - All teams to return home.




RULES


WHEN?

Participants may have to depart their home countries as early as the 16th July, and may return home as late as the 30th July, depending on their home country. All teams MUST be available for this entire period. If applicants are required to obtain a visa, they may need to be available during the week beforehand to complete visa requirements in their own country.


WHO?

Applicants must apply in teams of two.
Applicants must not be more than 35 years old.
In order to bring the challenge experience to the most amount of people, we cannot accept applications including any team member who was accepted for and participated in the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge in any previous years.
Applicants must be engaged in a full-time course of study in film, television or related media subject at undergraduate or equivalent level. They will be required to prove this at time of application.
All contestants must have a valid passport with six months remaining. They must not have a criminal record. They must not ever have been denied entry to Thailand. If for any reason, a contestant is denied a visa for entry to Thailand, his/her team will not be eligible to compete.
All contestants must be in good physical health, and have no existing or recurring serious medical conditions.
Contestants will supply their own camera and editing equipment capable of filming at 1080p 24fps with audio.


WHAT?

MAKE A SHORT FILM IN THAILAND
The short film shall be 5 - 7 minutes in length.
It may be narrative, or documentary. It may not be a 'video diary' or 'video blog'.
The film shall take the theme -  “Thailand through the eyes of foreigner (Way of Life/Tourism/Culture)”
It must be shot entirely during the period in Thailand. No stock or previously filmed footage is permitted.
If there is dialogue in the film, the film must be capable of being viewed and understood by both Thai and English audiences.  i.e. English dialog should be subtitled in Thai, and Thai dialog should be subtitled in English. If dialog is in a third language, the film must be subtitled in both English and Thai.
No equipment will be supplied to the teams. Note that it is hard to rent film equipment in Thailand on a 'dry-hire' basis. Teams should not expect to be able to rent equipment locally.
There should be no elements in the film's image or audio that require copyright clearance. Teams must not use copyrighted music tracks that would require the payment of royalties or license fees for exploitation.
Films not submitted by the deadline, or which cannot be played for technical reasons will be disqualified.
Film-makers must not assume that because the film is produced as part of an official competition, they can avoid getting location permission. The Thailand Film Office cannot give permission to film on private or public property. Film-makers must gain necessary permission at every filming location.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING

1. Completed Application Form
2. Resume/Profile of both team members
3. Passport copies of both team members
4. A written treatment for your concept for the film you want to make. (Full script not required at this stage.)
5. A link to a YouTube clip where you introduce your team to the judges and explain why your team should be selected to join this competition (maximum two minutes)
6. A copy of your Student ID, or letter (in English language) from your college/university, showing that you are currently engaged in a course of study related to film, television, or other media-related subject.
7. A passport-type photo of both team members.



WHAT RESOURCES ARE GIVEN TO THE FILM-MAKERS?

1. Each team will get two economy air tickets from their home country to Thailand. No stop-overs are permitted, and return ticket dates and destinations cannot be changed.
2. Each team will be given accommodation on their first two nights in Bangkok, whilst they attend orientation. They will also be provided with accommodation on their final two nights before returning home. On all other nights, teams must find their own accommodation. During the orientation day, teams will be given assistance in finding accommodation within their budget range.
3. Teams will be given a cash budget of total THB 30,000 (Thai Baht currency).* This must cover all the team's costs of accommodation, food, location, talent and any other costs. We strongly recommend that teams also bring spending money. We also provide transportation (van with driver) from 21st July to 24th July. Fuel will be provided sufficient to transport teams from Bangkok to the first shooting location. During the shoot, film-makers must pay for fuel. They must return the van with a full tank of fuel.
4. Emergency health insurance will be provided. This will cover all accidents and emergencies including repatriation if necessary. Please note that it will not cover existing medical conditions. If any film-makers suffer from an existing or recurring medical condition or allergies, they are required to inform us whilst applying.
5. Each team will be assigned a local assistant. This will usually be a local student. They will help the teams to bridge any language difficulties and assist communications. Please note that they will probably have limited if any film production experience. Note also that in matters of safety, local customs, and local laws, teams must the advice and warnings of their local assistant.

*The cash budget will be paid to teams in two installments: 20,000 Thai Baht will be given on the Orientation Day - 10,000 Thai Baht will be given after the team has submitted its completed film.


AWARDS
The judging committee will view all films on the 26th July.
The overall Best Film as determined by the judges will receive 300,000 Thai Baht.
There will be eight runner-up prizes of 30,000 Thai Baht awarded to the outstanding film in each of the eight location groups.



IMPORTANT RULES


All contestants will be required to behave at all times in a manner that is appropriate both in their own country and in the host country. If any filmmakers are found to be behaving in a way that is contrary to the laws of Thailand, the competition regulations, or in a way that is disrespectful or potentially damaging to themselves or to the competition or to the reputation of Thailand, they will be disqualified, and repatriated. Please note that any decision to disqualify is final, and is entirely at the discretion of the organizing committee.

All deadlines are strict and final. If films are not completed by the deadline, or if at any stage the organizing committee feels that a team is not making necessary efforts to complete before the deadline, the committee has the right to suspend the activity of that team and repatriate the members.

All films are expected to meet legal standards in Thailand, and to uphold the values of Thailand and the competition. If a film is found by the organizers to contain inappropriate material, images, audio, or themes, the committee has the right to demand alterations, cuts, and/or to exclude the film from consideration in the competition. Such decisions are final and entirely at the discretion of the organizing committee.

By entering the competition, contestants agree and give permission for their name and likeness to be used by the Thailand Short Film Competition or by its sponsors to promote the competition, Thailand, and sponsor-related activities and products. Contestants agree to co-operate with any behind-the-scenes documentary, interviews, or publicity photographs arranged by the organizers.

Contestants must ensure that there is no artwork, graphics, music or logos which are copyright of any third party. Contestants will be asked to provide proof of ownership of any songs, graphics, music or other material at the discretion of the organizers.

While the organizers will provide information and assistance to the contestants, the organizers consider that all contestants are adults who are responsible for their own actions. The organizers expects all contestants to act responsibly in regards to their own safety, the safety of those around them, and to respect the laws and traditions of Thailand. The organizers cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the failure of contestants in this regard.

Other than international air tickets, four nights accommodation, the allocated budget of THB 30,000 (Thirty thousand Thai Baht currency) and transportation (21st July to 24th July)  the Thailand Short Film Competition will not provide funds, accommodation, travel costs within Thailand, or food. Contestants are expected to manage their own budget, and no extra funds can be provided.


Copyright ownership of all films produced as part of the competition will automatically belong to the Thailand Short Film Competition, who may show, distribute and exploit without restriction. Contestants will be permitted to keep copies of their film and to use the film as part of their portfolio or for non-commercial use.

The organization committee reserves the right to amend or append the above rules at any time.