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General Rules for Project Pitches of the13th Beijing International Film Festival Beijing Film Market

1. Overview
The Project Pitches of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) Beijing Film Market is committed to discovering filmmaking talents with creative potential, finding excellent Chinese films in various genres, and creating a comprehensive transaction platform for investment, production, marketing and distribution of quality film projects through the Project Pitches Transaction Platform. The Project Pitches is open to projects and WIP projects. Experts and scholars from the entire filmmaking industry chain will be invited to form a jury. Through segments such as project selection, professional training, project pitching, cooperation negotiation, and international marketing, the Project Pitches aims to build an exchange and cooperation space for financing and services throughout all stages of film production. The outstanding projects and WIP projects selected therefrom will be fully matched with elements along the filmmaking industry chain, and eventually incubated into excellent films with market potential. Turn stories into films.
 
This year marks the first ever collaboration of the Project Pitches with the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). A Hong Kong section will be added to encourage projects and outstanding young filmmakers from Hong Kong to participate in the BJIFF Project Pitches for better integrated development of the film markets in Hong Kong and Chinese mainland. Meanwhile, the BJIFF will continue to host the sports film section of the Beijing International Sports Film Week, further diversifying the genres and content. Entries into any such section are also eligible for the Project Pitches. 
 
2. Eligibility
2.1 Projects:
2.1.1 Scope: Chinese film projects;
2.1.2 The entry is a feature film project with complete script ready for shooting; a logline of no more than 100 characters, a synopsis of no more than 5,000 characters and complete script shall be submitted;
2.1.3 The entry has not started filming, nor completed financing; 
2.1.4 Entries that have not been submitted to other film markets or project pitches will be given priority;
2.1.5 The entry must show potential to be released in China with commercial or artistic value.
 
2.2 WIP projects
2.2.1 Scope: Chinese film WIP projects;
2.2.2 The entry is a feature film that has completed filing and project approval, and is approved with license for film production;
2.2.3 The entry is a feature film project with complete script ready for shooting; a logline of no more than 100 characters, a synopsis of no more than 5,000 characters and complete script shall be submitted;
2.2.4 The entry has started filming but the production is yet to be completed; it is either in the shooting or post-production stage, and needs financing or resources for cooperation in marketing and distribution;
2.2.5 The entry has director(s), producer(s) and production company(ies) in place, and the filming starts no later than February 28, 2023;
2.2.6 The has complete budget, filming plan and complete project proposal ready;
2.2.7 A 10-minute trailer shall be submitted (a streaming hyperlink with password);
2.2.8 An overview of project development status shall be submitted (within 200 characters);
2.2.9 The entry must show potential to be released in China with commercial or artistic value.
 
2.3 Sports film section of the Beijing International Sports Film Week:
2.3.1 Scope: Chinese sports film projects;
2.3.2 The entry is a feature film project with complete script ready for shooting; a logline of no more than 100 characters, a synopsis of no more than 5,000 characters and complete script shall be submitted;
2.3.3 The entry has not started filming, nor completed financing; 
2.3.4 Entries that have not been submitted to other film markets or project pitches will be given priority;
2.3.5 The entry must show potential to be released in China with commercial or artistic value.
 
3. Awards
Eight awards will be presented to outstanding projects and WIP projects entering the Beijing Film Market Project Pitches of the 13th BJIFF:
For projects, a “Special Award”, a “Projects with Greatest Commercial Potential”, a “Best Original Script Award” and a “Best Creativity Award” will be selected and awarded;
 
As for WIP projects, a “Most Investment Value Project Award” and a “Team with Greatest Potential Award” will be selected and awarded; 
The “Chief Producers of BJIFF Project Pitches” made up of representatives from film companies will select a “Most Market Focus Award”.
In terms of the sports film section of the Beijing International Sports Film Week, a “Beijing International Sports Film Week · Sports Film Project Support Fund” will be selected and awarded.
The BJIFF Organizing Committee will support and reward winning projects and WIP projects. All the entries shortlisted for the final project pitching will be awarded “Outstanding Pitching Projects”.
 
4. Selection and review process
The BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department will longlist entries that meet the general rules for the Project Pitches with complete project profiles out of those submitted to the official website of the BJIFF. The selection and review process is composed of three rounds. In the first round, the jury will shortlist at least 30 entries and 10 WIP entries eligible for the second round; in the second round, the jury will select 20 projects for the negotiation round, after which 10 projects will make it to the final pitching and review; 6 WIP projects will be shortlisted for the final pitching, negotiation and final review. All the shortlisted projects and WIP projects will be published on the 13th BJIFF Beijing Film Market Project Pitches Handbook and official website for publicity; representatives (up to two per project) of the shortlisted projects and WIP projects  will be invited to attend relevant training of the BJIFF Beijing Film Market, and make presentation about their projects in the pitching round. In the final round, the jury will select a “Projects with Greatest Commercial Potential”, a “Best Original Script Award”, a “Best Creativity Award”, and a “Special Award” out of the shortlisted projects, and select a “Most Investment Value Project Award” and a “Team with Greatest Potential Award” out of the shortlisted WIP projects. The “Chief Producers of BJIFF Project Pitches” will select a “Most Market Focus Award” out of all shortlisted projects and WIP projects. Moreover, all shortlisted projects and WIP projects will be able to make appointments via the official website of the BJIFF for one-on-one business negotiation with potential partners.
 
5. Participation
All applicants shall ensure that their entries conform to the general rules for the Project Pitches of the 13th BJIFF Beijing Film Market, and submit complete project profiles via the official website of the BJIFF (http://www.bjiff.com). In case of any omissions or misrepresentation of the project profile, the concerned entry will not be accepted.
 
The deadline for entries for the Project Pitches of the 13th BJIFF Beijing Film Market is 24:00, March 3, 2023 (GMT+8), and that for supplemental information of WIP projects is 24:00, March 10, 2023 (GMT+8). The BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department will review the entries, and shortlist the projects and WIP projects.
 
Once the shortlisted projects and WIP projects are announced, the BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department will contact the applicant/point of contact listed in the entry form. Those that fail to be confirmed by the deadline are deemed to have withdrawn, and substituted by subsequent projects/WIP projects (Please make sure to leave a valid e-mail address and phone number in the entry form).
 
Representatives (up to two per project) of shortlisted projects and WIP projects will be invited to attend relevant events and activities of the 13th BJIFF Beijing Film Market as “cast & crew”. The “cast & crew” pass is solely used for relevant events and activities of the Beijing Film Market. Should you wish to attend other BJIFF activities or events, please visit the official website of the BJIFF (http://www.bjiff.com) for more information.
 
Representatives of shortlisted projects and WIP projects shall attend the pitching training and rehearsal arranged by the BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department. Each project will be given 15 minutes, including 10-minute project presentation by the representatives and 5-minute Q&A with the jury. Representatives are required to prepare presentation materials (PPT or Keynote format only; videos are allowed provided that they are inserted in the presentation materials), all of which shall be submitted to the BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department for review. The pitching round will be scheduled and equipped with essential projectors by the BJIFF Organizing Committee. 
 
Representatives of shortlisted projects and WIP projects are required to reserve one whole day for one-on-one business negotiation. All negotiation slots are booked and scheduled in advance online. In case of any open time slots, booking can be made on the site through the staff of the BJIFF Beijing Film Department.
 
6. Disclaimer
All entries must be submitted by the sole authorized representative who owns the legal rights of the project. The project owner and its sole authorized representative are obliged to: ensure the originality, legality and complete ownership and copyright of the entry; ensure that the entry and related information do not infringe the rights and interests of any third party; ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the entry and related information; any legal and financial liabilities arising from the aforesaid reasons shall be borne by the project owner and its authorized representative. The project owner and its authorized representative will resolve and assume full responsibility for any third-party dispute arising from such matters. Should such matters result in losses to the BJIFF Beijing Film Market and related parties, the project owner will be fully liable for such losses. The BJIFF Organizing Committee reserves the right to add the “BJIFF” or logo to the opening/closing credits of the shortlisted entries once the filming of such entries is completed. And the credit arrangement should be confirmed in writing by the BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department in advance. Documents, materials and information submitted by authorized representatives of shortlisted projects should be specified and explained in writing when submitted to the BJIFF Beijing Film Market if any confidential content is included, otherwise they are considered non-confidential. The BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department has the right to use the registration information, graphics and texts, and specially provided materials and information of the project owner for the following purposes, including but not limited to: publication of the materials and information in the Proceedings of the BJIFF Beijing Film Market (electronic), BJIFF Beijing Film Market Project Pitches Handbook (electronic) and the official website of the BJIFF; publication of them in publicity materials to be delivered on the site of the BJIFF Beijing Film Market; and reference of them in the audio and video promotional materials of the BJIFF and BJIFF Beijing Film Market. Award-winning project owners should prioritize participation in the screening, award ceremony, Opening & Closing Ceremony, and Red Carpet among other activities of the BJIFF.
 
The BJIFF Beijing Film Market Department will handle applicants’ information discreetly. The relevant staff will ensure the security of the materials submitted, and make sure that they will not be lost, leaked or damaged. Project owners are responsible for the safekeeping, confidentiality and information security of the relevant materials in their possession.
 
The presentation and negotiation in connection with the Project Pitches of the BJIFF Beijing Film Market are independent expression of opinions by various parties. Such presentation, explanation and negotiation made by each party do not represent the views of the BJIFF and BJIFF Beijing Film Market, nor do the BJIFF and BJIFF Beijing Film Market assume any guarantee liabilities.
 
The BJIFF Organizing Committee reserves the final right to interpret all the activities of the Project Pitches of the BJIFF Beijing Film Market.
 
7. Contact Information
 
Application: http://www.bjiff.com
 
Inquiries regarding the Project Pitches: projectpitches@bjiff.com; wipproject@bjiff.com
 
Other inquiries: filmmarket@bjiff.com
 
Phone number: +86 15510010851; +86 18500377391