Regulation of 2020 The 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival

This regulation is applicable to 2020 the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival (a.k.a. IDF 2020) including documentary competition, screenings, pitching, forums and workshops.


1. West Lake International Documentary Festival


West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF) is a high quality platform for the arts and the humanities that promotes documentaries through competitions, screenings, pitchings, forums and workshops. The festival is held at China Academy of Art, by the side of West Lake in Hangzhou, during the "golden" autumn season.


IDF stands for I Documentary Fact and aims to explore the relationship between documentary creation subjects, objects and methods. The festival is centered on "discovering documentary subjects, designing experiment s for youth, holding high the will of the people, and reshaping the poetry of oriental culture". Furthermore, IDF promotes the values associated with honest observation and humanitarian responsibility. IDF encourages reflection on human existence, especially in the natural world, through the lenses of documentaries. Through this form of record we can also think about the inheritance of culture through changing times, about the artistic expression of oriental poetry in a pluralistic society, and about initiating the return of documentary to its authentic core, returning us to the positive values of humanistic care.


The 1st West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF2017) was held in April 2017 with the annual theme of "Things & Sentiment". 26 documentaries from eight countries on three continents have been screened and more than 300 documentary professionals attended the festival. IDF2018 was held in October 2018, with the annual theme of "Epoch & Scope", attracted 453 documentaries from 51 countries on 6 continents in competition. More than 400 professionals, 5000 audiences gathered in Hangzhou. The annual theme of the IDF2019 is "Something & Somewhere". With larger social participation, IDF2019 received 632 documentaries from 61 countries on 6 continents and welcomed more than 10,000 attendees including special guests, industry guests as well as audiences. With higher international brand reputation, IDF has become one of the most academic, professional and international documentary festivals in China.


The 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF2020) will be held from 17th to 19th October in Hangzhou, China, wth five sections including D20 Nomination Competition, Glory of Documentary Screening Section, IDF Forum, IDF Pitching and IDF Academy. IDF2020 will invite documentary filmmakers, production companies, distributors, scholars, press at home and abroad to visit Hangzhou to share the glory of documentary.


2. The 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival Sections

2.1 D20 Nomination Competition Section


D20 Nomination Competition is the main section of West Lake International Documentary Festival. Its aim is to highlight outstanding documentary filmmakers, all the while encouraging documentary filmmakers to be curious and persistent on their journey of creation. The festival conducts an open call for submission and the recommendation by international film selection consultants. The submission opens to feature-length documentaries (60 minutes and above), short documentaries (less than 60 minutes) and documentary series (2 episodes or more, or associated series) completed after 1st January, 2019.


The competition begins with the selection committee conducting the first round of evaluation of works from all over the world. Afterwards, the professional judges invited by the IDF Academic Committee conduct a re-evaluation and then vote, selecting 20 documentaries to be nominated in D20 Nomination Competition. The jury of the D20 Nomination is formed by international and Chinese scholars, directors and producers, all invited by the IDF Academic Committee. The finalists compete for a grand prize of 650,000 RMB.

* for more details please refer to the announcement of open call for entries of D20 Nomination Competition Section of the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival

2.2 IDF Pitching Section


IDF Pitching Section is the IDF's way of supporting to documentary filmmakers, providing a chance for international documentaries to go through an incubation process, encouraging them to create quality films as a form of art, telling the stories of Chinese society and documenting the lives of Chinese people. IDF Pitching looks to support documentaries in the production or post-production stage, including feature-length documentary (60 minutes and above) and documentary series (two or more related films).


The organizing committee shall pre-evaluate the collected proposals. Afterwards, the academic committee will review and vote, selecting the most promising projects for IDF Pitching. During the pitching session, every nominee will have 20 minutes to pitch and answer questions. The judging panel of the IDF Pitching Session is made up of international and local scholars, directors and producers, all invited by the academic committee. The panel votes for IDF Most Potential Development Plan (one plan) and IDF Outstanding Proposal (two proposals). Winners will be provided with prizes. IDF will track the progress of the productions, granting them the priority of entering the IDF“Glory of Documentary” Screening Section.

for more details please refer to the announcement of open call for entries of IDF Pitching of the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival

2.3 Glory of Documentary Screening Section


Glory of Documentary Screening Section is curated by West Lake International Documentary Festival for the purpose of cultivating audience and focusing on excellent documentaries at home and abroad. The purpose is to focus on the screening of outstanding international documentaries and Q&A after the screenings, presenting the academic vision, cultivate documentary audience, arouse discussions of cutting-edge topics, and help documentaries infiltrate into people's life, so as to create a documentary art feast for the public. Based on different perspectives and motivations, this section has various themes. It presents in the way of "screening -- post-screening Q&A", presenting the spirit of "exploring the ontology of documentary, setting up youth experiment, holding people's heart high and creating oriental temperament".

2.4 IDF Forum


IDF Forum section consists of four sessions: Seminar, Academic Forum, Industrial Summit and Master Classes. It invites professional documentary filmmakers, cultural masters and industry investors from home and abroad. By the spirit of I Documentary Fact, it explores open, inclusive and forward-looking academic discussion and excavates ontological creation and frontier issues in documentary. IDF Forum aims at idea exchange and academic consensus based on I-Documentry-Fact among the global documentary community, stimulating documentary practitioners to repay people’s life the most sincere, avant-garde and professional actions.

2.5 IDF Academy


IDF Academy is aimed to cultivate the emerging documentary talents. This program opens to universities, documentary filmmakers and documentary scholars. Under the theme of“The New Generation of Documentaries” it aims to attract and train more talented Chinese directors and to encourage fascinating stories to develop further. IDF Workshop conducts master classes, tutorials and one-on-one sessions, broadening the horizons of the participants while sharing the experience on documentary by the international filmmakers, inspiring Chinese directors and the local talents from Zhejiang, enhancing the quality and professionalism of Chinese documentaries through the founding of a viable incubator for career development and talent training.


3.IDF Awarding Prizes

D20 Nomination Competition:

1)IDF Best Documentary of the Year | 200,000 yuan (RMB) | One

2)D20 Best Documentary Series | 150,000 yuan (RMB) | One

3)D20 Best Feature-Length Documentary | 100,000 yuan (RMB) | One

4)D20 Filmmaker of the Year | 100,000 yuan (RMB) | One

5)Special Mention | 100,000 yuan (RMB) | One

IDF Pitching:

1)IDF Most Potential Development Plan | 200,000 yuan (RMB) | One

2)IDF Outstanding Proposal | 100,000 yuan (RMB) | Two


*Prizes are listed pre-tax.


4. Legal Liability Statement


To declare the work or proposal entering the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival Competition, Screening and Pitching in 2020, it is obliged to ensure that the copyright or the agency distribution right of the work is obtained with the written authorization, and that the work has no copyright disputes (including Music and video images, creative texts, etc.). West Lake International Documentary Festival does not assume any legal liability arising from copyright and copyright issues of the works, and its legal responsibility shall be borne by the entrant. If the entries of the work are involved in a dispute or controversy over copyright, the organizing committee reserves the right to disqualify the nomination and claim back the awards and prizes.


For all submissions to competition, screening and pitching section of IDF2019, the organizing committee claims the right of publishing and promoting their application materials, stills, posters, trailers and footage of no more than 3 minutes on public platform including IDF official website, prints, catalog, TV channels, Internet, mobile media, etc, and of using them in interview and promotional video. The organizing committee of IDF will delegate a third party to provide copyright service for non-commercial offline use after the event.


In the “Entry Form”, the entrant is required to accurately claim if the full or partial right of use is authorized by the original copyright holder to the IDF Organizing Committee. The IDF Organizing Committee takes the information registered through the “Entry Form” as the legal evidence of obtaining the right of use.


5. Right to Interpret


The Organizing Committee of the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival (IDF2020) reserves the right to amend this charter, rules, terms or other related conventions. The IDF Organizing Committee owns the final right to interpret on this charter without public discussion.



The Organizing Committee of the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival

April, 2020