Taiwanese American Film Festival 

2019 Pitch Competition

November 16, 2019


Submission Guidelines


In its third year, the Taiwanese American Film Festival will nurture the next generation of Taiwanese American filmmakers who are ready to capture audiences with their unique brand of filmmaking and storytelling.


We are seeking filmmakers with original TV pilot and/or feature ideas to pitch their projects before a panel of jurors for a chance to receive a monetary prize towards their production.



The Taiwanese American Film Festival accepts original TV pilot and/or feature film projects by filmmakers of Taiwanese descent.  Projects must be a new, original TV pilot and/or feature film that includes major Taiwanese-American elements, including subject matter, writers, directors, main cast (existing formal attachments only), etc.  Adaptations are not eligible unless the original idea is your own in an alternative format.  All genres and formats (animation, narrative, documentary, and/or experimental) are eligible for consideration.


Each entrant warrants that the submitted project is not currently under option and/or contingent sale agreement.  The entrant and all submitted material must abide by all U.S. law.


Out of state and international applicants are welcome.  Remote mentorship is available.  Finalists are encouraged to be in Los Angeles at least a week prior to the festival.  All finalists are required to attend the film festival.



Industry mentors will work with selected finalists for a month prior to the competition to develop their projects and prepare them to pitch in front of a live audience and juror panel.  In addition to mentorship, TAFF will be providing networking opportunities, referrals to facilities and equipment, among other resources.



(6) finalists will be selected based on their artistic innovation, demonstrated commitment to their arts and communities, as well as the quality and thoughtfulness of their intended project.



The grand jury prize winner will be awarded a monetary prize of $5,000 towards their project.  Winner will be selected by a panel of jurors from the film industry.



The purpose of submitting these elements to is to help us understand your personal experience and artistic identity.  Please include all relevant material.


All entries must be submitted with the following:

  • Personal Statement (Video or Written)

  • Sample work (5 min or less)

  • Project Synopsis

  • Relevant Pitch Materials

  • Submission Fee



  • Video submission (sizzle or teaser)

  • Reference Letter



Earlybird Submission - July 1st ($40/project)*

Regular Submission - August 5th ($50/project)*

Late Submission - September 2nd ($65/project)*

EXTENDED - September 10th ($65/project)*


*Please direct any further questions to TAFFPITCHPROGRAM@gmail.com