Eye Catcher Global 2024
International Pitching Forum Regulation

The International Pitching Forum aims to introduce film projects with great potential and Hong Kong elements, and to facilitate the exchange and collaboration with industry delegates worldwide and international film platforms. The new edition of the International Pitching Forum is recruiting film projects from 4 categories: In-Development Projects (Short Film)Work-in-Progress Projects (Short Film)In-Development Projects (Feature-Length Film) and Work-in-Progress Projects (Feature-Length Film). International and local jury members will select one winner from each category. Through the Open Pitch session, shortlisted film projects will compete for the 4 awards with cash prizes, and participate in one-on-one meetings with the international and local industry delegates for more chances leading to international platforms.

Chinese Version 中文版

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 3 March 2024 (Sun) 11:59 p.m. (GMT+8:00 Hong Kong Time)
Results Announcement: Early April 2024
International Pitching Forum: 20 – 21 June 2024 (Thur – Fri)

Format

  • Open Pitch:
    Film units with at most 3 members on stage will have 15 minutes each to pitch their projects. Each pitch consists of a 7-minute presentation (including video-playing) and a maximum of 8-minute Q&A. The International Pitching Forum will be scored based on this 15-minute Open Pitch session ONLY. The entire session will be conducted mainly in English. Participants with fluent English are preferred. Chinese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided during this session. 

  • One-on-One Meeting:
    Film units will each partake in one-on-one meetings with the international delegates for 15 minutes each round. The meeting session will NOT be scored. There is NO simultaneous interpretation service for this session.

Awards

  • Eye Catcher Grand Award (In-Development Project)【2 Winners】
    HK$20,000 – HK$50,000 (Approx. US$2,600 – US$6,400) each
  • Eye Catcher Grand Award (Work-in-Progress Project)【2 Winners】
    HK$30,000 – HK$80,000 (Approx. US$3,800 – US$10,200) each

Application Details on International Pitching Forum

Online Application Form

(All information must be submitted online in both English & Chinese.)

Eligibility

1. Film projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
a) One of the key creative members (director / producer / screenwriter) is a Hong Kong resident, OR
b) There should be Hong Kong elements in the story (to be justified in the application form).
2. Key creative members (director / producer / screenwriter) must have reached the age of 18 at the time of application.
3. The film project director must not direct more than 3 feature-length films (60 minutes or above) in the same genre before.
4. There is no restriction on theme or genre. Diversified, innovative and independent film projects are encouraged. Applicants can choose one of the following categories to submit their projects:
a) In-Development Project (Short Film)
b) Work-in-Progress Project (Short Film)
c) In-Development Project (Feature-Length Film)
d) Work-in-Progress Project (Feature-Length Film)
5. A budget plan is required.
6. For fiction film projects, a full script is required. (In both Chinese and English. Dialogues in written language are required for the Chinese version.)
7. For non-fiction film projects, a full scene outline is required. (In both Chinese and English.)
8. Shortlisted film projects are required to include the Eye Catcher logo at the ending credits of their finished works.
9. Applicants must ensure that the submitted film projects do NOT infringe upon the rights and copyrights of any third party, and do NOT violate any relevant laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The organiser reserves the right to reject any film projects that are deemed inappropriate for the selection process.

Additional Notes
In-Development Project: 
Film projects that are in pre-production or in the early stage of development, currently looking for (co-)producers, production companies, investors, etc. for the production.
Work-in-Progress Project: 
Film projects that are in a later stage of production or in post-production, currently looking for funds, technical support or collaboration opportunities etc. on post-production, festival screening, distribution or marketing.
Short Film: Less than 60 minutes
Feature-Length Film: 60 minutes or above

Application Fee

・The application fee is HK$500 per film project. Payment proof is required in the application form.
・Application fees are non-refundable.
・Applicants who pay by wire transfer or PayPal, the application fee is HK$550. Bank charges / 6% PayPal transaction rate, and exchange rate differences are included.
・Applicants who pay by Alipay or WeChat Pay, the application fee is RMB500. Exchange rate differences are included.
・Applicants who were selected for the Eye Catcher programmes before (Creativity Camp / Incubation Programme / International Pitching Forum) can enjoy a 20% discount on the application fee (HK$400 after discount).

Payment Methods
Please choose one of the following payment methods. When payment is settled, the payment proof must be uploaded to the corresponding section of the Online Application Form to complete the application.

1. Bank Transfer / ATM Transfer / Online Transfer / Wire Transfer
Bank: HSBC
Account Name:
Renaissance Foundation Limited
Account No.: 848 280608 838
Bank Address:
1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Bank Code: 004 (for Local Transfer)
SWIFT: HSBCHKHHHKH (Wire Transfer)

2. Faster Payment System (FPS)
ID 104508999

3. PayMe

4. PayPal

5. Alipay


Alipay Account: [email protected]
Name: Ms. Chen

6. WeChat Pay

Application Materials

Required Materials
・Logline (English: up to 35 words; Chinese: up to 60 words)
・Synopsis (English: up to 180 words; Chinese: up to 300 words)
・Director’s Statement (English: up to 180 words; Chinese: up to 300 words)
・Treatment (No word limit)
・Production Plan (No word limit)
Fiction Film Project: Full Script (Submit in PDF format in both Chinese and English. Dialogues in written language are required for the Chinese version.)
Non-Fiction Film Project: Full Scene Outline (Submit in PDF format in both Chinese and English)
・Budget Plan (Submit in PDF format in both Chinese and English)
Work-in-Progress Project: A maximum of 3 video clips (selected footage or concept video etc.) of the film project, each clip within 10 minutes (With preview links and passwords)
・One of the Key Creative Members’ (director / producer / screenwriter) Hong Kong Identity Card copy
If none of the Key Creative Members (director / producer / screenwriter) is a Hong Kong resident, a justification on Hong Kong elements in the story is required.
・Key Creative Member(s)’ Biography (English: up to 60 words each; Chinese: up to 100 words each for director, producer, screenwriter; up to 3 members)
・Key Creative Member(s)’ Filmography (With preview links and passwords)
・Application Fee

Optional Materials
・Other Members’ Biography (English: up to 60 words each; Chinese: up to 100 words each)
・Other Members’ Filmography (With preview links and passwords)
・Film Unit / Production Company Profile (English: up to 60 words; Chinese: up to 100 words)
・Others (Submit in PDF format in both Chinese and English)

Remarks

  1. One application form is for one project application only.
  2. Please follow all the requirements on language and word limit when filling or uploading application materials.
  3. Applications missing any required materials will not be processed.
  4. No submitted materials will be returned. Please save a copy if necessary.
  5. Personal data, film project information and materials submitted will be treated as confidential and will be used by Eye Catcher staff, their affiliates or designated personnel only.
  6. Due to the limited quota, shortlisted film projects will be selected according to the applications. The organiser reserves the rights of change and final decision.
  7. The organiser will notify the shortlisted applicants through email.
  8. If there are any changes in programme details and/or schedule of the International Pitching Forum, please refer to the latest announcement from the organiser.
  9. The Renaissance Foundation reserves the rights of final decision and interpretation in case of any dispute.
  10. For enquiries on application or filling the form, please email to [email protected] .

Application FAQ

1. Can one director apply to more than one film project?

Yes. If you wish to make more than one application, please fill out separate Application Form(s) with the application fee.

2. Are there any restrictions on the selection of film projects for the International Pitching Forum in terms of genre, length, etc.?

There are no restrictions on themes, genres, or lengths. Eye Catcher encourages diversified, innovative and independent film projects. The information and materials submitted by the applicant will help us understand the film project. You are suggested to provide relevant information and materials as clearly as possible.

4. My film project is primarily in the English language. Do I still need to provide the required materials in Chinese?

Yes. The required materials will be used for shortlisting and online/offline publicity. To avoid any discrepancies, applicants are responsible for the translation of required materials.

5. I am not a Hong Kong resident. Can I still apply for the International Pitching Forum?

Yes. The applicants can justify the Hong Kong elements in their stories, or include a Hong Kong resident as one of the key creative members (director/producer/screenwriter). Please note that the director of the film project must not direct more than 3 feature-length films (60 minutes or above) in the same genre before.
Additionally, if the director is a national or permanent resident of an Asian country or region, and working on his/her 1st or 2nd fiction film project (feature-length with 60 minutes or above), he/she can also apply for the “Asian New Director Award” as long as the first cut is ready.

6. Can I apply again for the same film project that had been shortlisted for the previous International Pitching Forum?

Yes. We accept all film projects that fit our eligibilities as stated at the “ECG 2024 – International Pitching Forum Regulation” (please refer to this webpage). If you wish to apply for the same film project that had been shortlisted to the previous International Pitching Forum, you are suggested to elaborate on the project development/update in the application form.

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Eye Catcher Global|Renaissance Foundation