KAFFNY Infinite Media Call for Entries 2017

KAFFNY INFINITE MEDIA
HIDDEN INTERSECTIONS OF GLOBAL CULTURE  

In its 11th year operating in the arts scene of New York City and 4th year in Brooklyn, KAFFNY invites the world to participate in creating the first platform for "Infinite Media." Culture is not a fixed point. The mere idea of a "tradition" can be used for inhuman purposes. By applying the concept of infinity, KAFFNY turns the dialogue to all those artists who recognize a needed deference to the concept of humanity, and away from any official definition of global culture.

KAFFNY's expertise in programming comes from the application of a third culture perspective, which is a proactive form of cultural awareness from the inside-out, rather than politically reactive. For the first ten years, KAFFNY honed this by looking at the condition of the Korean diaspora, showing films from five continents, with all kinds of ethnicities, characters, stories, genres and mediums.
 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

We are now accepting submissions for our 11th Annual film festival, taking place in Brooklyn, New York in October 2017.

Our programming will fall into two main sections: INFINITE MEDIA and KOREAN DIASPORA. Our staff shall determine which sections are most appropriate for selected films. Films from either section are eligible to compete for Most Infinite Feature and Most Infinite Short (inclusive of narrative and documentary forms).

I) INFINITE MEDIA Program
In furthering its expansion into "third culture" territory at the 10th Annual in 2016, KAFFNY is taking the cultural application of its mission into infinity. There is no other concept that is more boundless to the imagination of potential global culture. Films will be selected on the basis of the degree to which they expand our imaginations of culture, globally. Films do not need to explicitly or very obviously portray this. In fact, we think global culture is probably best expressed through an individual's story. To get an idea of what we mean, you can see our past programming on our website: kaffny.com.

II) KOREAN DIASPORA Program
KAFFNY invites filmmakers of all backgrounds to submit for consideration films that are relevant to the Korean American community, the Korean diaspora, Korean-identified persons, or as our name implies, New York. KAFFNY also considers works outside the Korean nexus featuring at least one key creative member of Korean heritage, regardless of the subject matter. 

Submissions are being accepted in the following categories:

1) FEATURE
Narrative or documentary, for films longer than 50 minutes, completed any year. Films completed January 1, 2016 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).

2) SHORTS
All genres, for films shorter than 50 minutes, completed any year. Short films completed January 1, 2016 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).


GENERAL RULES

KAFFNY defines a short film as any film with a running time less than 50 minutes.

KAFFNY defines a feature film as any film with a running time greater then 50 minutes.

Non-narrative and experimental films of any length may be submitted to Shorts.

KAFFNY prefers at least New York City premieres (first time screening theatrically to the public), but will make exceptions if it determines an audience still exists for additional local screenings. Films having received any theatrical or home-video distribution of any kind beyond festival screenings or that have been broadcast on television or the Internet may similarly be considered.

Films that have only had private, unpublicized screenings do not count against KAFFNY's premiere preference.

Films that have been previously submitted to KAFFNY are ineligible.

The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film. Films including unauthorized copyrighted material are ineligible.

Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the film.

*** The final screening copy of your accepted film must be received by KAFFNY no later than August 31, 2017. If screening copy is not received by then, KAFFNY retains the right to disqualify the film, without refund of the submission fee.
 

TERMS

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Multiple versions of the same film will not be considered.

If the submitted material does not play, KAFFNY will make an attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to obtain a replacement. If a replacement is not available, KAFFNY reserves the right to disqualify the film without refunding the submission fees.

KAFFNY will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated deadline without refund of the submission fee.

KAFFNY reserves the right to excerpt portions and scenes of your film at no fee, up to 1 minute, for use in promotional materials.

There is no guaranteed travel stipend or reimbursement for filmmakers.

KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema 2016 Press Release

EVOLVED BRANDING

    For its 10th annual cinema festival this October 15-22, 2016 at Wythe Hotel Cinema and Made in NY Media Center by IFP, the Korean American Film Festival New York evolves into KAFFNY THIRD CULTURE CINEMA.
    "KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema is the only international cinema festival platform dedicated to the stories and voices of third culture kids, i.e., humans, of any national origins, raised with the tension of two or more cultures," states founder Dave Kim. "By challenging traditional cultural qualifiers of nationality and ethnicity, KAFFNY Third Culture Cinema catalyzes new global trajectories of the future, reducing the colonial divisions of the past."

BEST THIRD CULTURE FEATURE & SHORT COMPETITION + DIGITAL JURY

    This year, KAFFNY hosts its first competition for Best Third Culture Feature(s) and Best Third Culture Short. Films will be judged on contributions to the creation of third culture. KAFFNY will announce in total, six feature films and seven shorts.
    The feature competition will be decided by a Digital Jury, announcing their top pick for narrative and/or documentary the day after Closing on Sunday, October 23rd via social media, using tags @kaffny #3rdCulture. Andrew Ahn, director of the Sundance film SPA NIGHT, will serve as Head of Digital Jury.

CENTERPIECE MUSIC FEATURES

    KAFFNY hosts the feature screenings of one Hip-Hop Documentary and one Rock Narrative, bringing to light the stories of third culture musicians.

INCUBATOR LAB

    KAFFNY is now promoting long-form works-in-progress supported under its new Incubator Lab program. Leveraging its networks while instilling a community mentality, KAFFNY seeks to enable the realization to fruition of typically under-marketed projects, offering administrative, technical, and creative support to up-and-coming filmmakers.

Andrew Ahn Head of Digital Jury for KAFFNY Third Culture Feature Competition

Andrew Ahn has accepted our invitation as Head of Digital Jury for KAFFNY's first Third Culture Feature Competition! 

Three narratives and three documentaries will compete within their categories for Best Third Culture Feature and their contribution to third culture: "challenging existing narratives." Features in competition will be announced in the coming weeks!

Our Digital Jury will leverage social media to expand opportunities for our 3rd Culture Competition.

Andrew Ahn is a Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His debut feature film SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, winning an award for US Dramatic Breakthrough Performance. Ahn participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab for the project. With his producing team, Ahn raised over $62,000 on Kickstarter to fund production. The project also received a Sundance Institute Cinereach Feature Film Fellow grant, Panavision New Filmmaker grant, and FilmLA grant. Ahn's short film "Dol (First Birthday)" premiered at Sundance in 2012.

Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices and Outfest’s OutSet. He is also a board member of Los Angeles Performance Practice. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

KAFFNY launches 1st Incubator Lab at Made in NY Media Center by IFP!

Our 1st KAFFNY Incubator Lab at Made in NY Media Center by IFP is supporting feature projects written & directed by:

Jules Suo - DOSI (in post-production), pictured center
Jennifer Suhr - YOU & ME BOTH starring Constance Wu (in development), pictured to right of Jules

Our purpose is to leverage community to fully realize the potential of under-marketed media projects.

<also pictured, right to left: Executive Director Dave Kim, Treasurer Elizabeth Han, and Programming Director Chung Tsang>

New Office at IFP Media Center!

KAFFNY is now based at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, Brooklyn (to fulfill our Ford Foundation, Good Neighbor Committee funding goals of building capacity and enhancing outreach). We are very excited to join a community of innovative tech and media companies!

Coming soon... announcements regarding filmmaker projects (at various stages of production) participating in our new KAFFNY INCUBATOR LAB program!

Call for Entries 2016 - 10th Annual KAFFNY

KAFFNY is now accepting submissions for its 10th Annual film festival, taking place in Brooklyn, New York in October 2016. 

KAFFNY invites filmmakers of all backgrounds to submit for consideration films that are relevant to the Korean American community, the Korean diaspora, Korean-identified persons, or as our name implies, New York. 

KAFFNY also considers works outside the Korean nexus featuring at least one key creative member of Korean heritage, regardless of the subject matter. 

Submissions are being accepted in the following categories:

1) SHORTS
All genres, for films shorter than 50 minutes, completed any year. Short films completed January 1, 2015 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).

2) FEATURE
Narrative or documentary, for films longer than 50 minutes, completed any year. Films completed January 1, 2014 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).

You may submit via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.

9th Annual KAFFNY Premieres "People Are the Sky"

October 15, 2015 at 7 pm

CUNY Graduate Center - Proshansky Auditorium (365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street)

Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. The result is unprecedented, at times startling, for hers is an up close look of the hurts and desires, beauty and contradiction, pride and aspirations of the long held demonized nation. She seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean, with the fractious history of the North South division and pinpoints the roots of North Korean’s hatred of the United States. A mix of talking heads, epic images and graceful musings, “People of the Sky” refers to the ordinary people she meets along the way and the ultimate meaning of her pilgrimage.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, moderated by Chi-Hui Yang.

Tickets are $15 for this event via Eventbrite (Purchase).

 

KAFFNY announces Call for Entries for 9th Annual Festival (October 2015)

The Call for Entries for its 9th Annual KAFFNY (October 2015) is now officially open! You may submit via filmfreeway (live now) or withoutabox (going live soon). The early deadline is June 8th, 2015.

FEATURES

Narrative or documentary films, completed January 1, 2014 or later. For films longer than 45 minutes

SHORTS

All genres, for films shorter than 45 minutes. No date required. Short films completed January 1, 2014 or later are eligible to win the Jury Award for Best Film and/or the Audience Award.

ART

Non-theatrical or non-broadcast video art (single channel or installation) of any length. To facilitate submission review, your preview materials should include recorded samples of the installation in its environment, if applicable.