Rules and Regulations of the Golden Tree fund
1. Introduction of the Golden Tree Fund
With the advance of human civilization, the contradictions between social development and environmental protection have become increasingly prominent and the collisions between different cultures increasingly fierce. Rebuilding a harmonious relationship between man and nature, exploring the differences among civilizations and mutual learning has become a historical mission for today’s society. The First Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival, with “Man and Nature - Looks and Roots” as its theme, aims to gather various perspectives from all around the world and discuss the roots of culture. Documentary films can truly express our thoughts, but because Documentary films are usually not made for entertainment, this leads to difficulties in commercial distribution and achieving a cinematic release. We are actively exploring ways for sustainable development of this field.
The Golden Tree Fund was established by Beijing Huayun-Shangde International Cultural Exchange Co. Ltd., and supported by numerous well-known Chinese cultural enterprises and investors, in order to build a Documentary Fund for global investment in excellent documentaries. The Golden Tree fund has a planned volume of 2 million Euro, of which no less than 500,000 Euro will be available in the first phase. The goal of the fund is to support outstanding directors and filmmakers from all in producing documentary films following the theme of “Man and Nature” and exploring the roots of culture.
The Golden Tree Fund is a commercial fund. Applications are submitted annually during the Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival and the documentary films chosen for receiving investments are announced during the awards ceremony. The management team of the Golden Tree fund will negotiate and sign the terms of investment with the producers and copyright owners of each film according to the specific circumstances and support them with copyright trading.
2. Investment conditions
A. Films must conform to this year’s theme: “The roots and future of culture”
B. Only documentaries that have been completed between 2015 and 2017 or are completed to 95% or more will be accepted.
C. Only original works will be accepted. The applicant is either the owner of the legal copyright or has the authorization to use the copyright.
D. The investment fund will be mainly applied for further work on finishing production, including reshoots of no more than 5% of total material, as well as post production, cutting, dubbing, synthesis, subtitle and promotion.
E. Funds provided may not be used for the purchase of copyrights, video footage or music.
3. Management Team
The 7 member investment committee consists of China’s well known cultural fund management team and representatives of the world’s leading filmmakers, producers and copyright traders from China, Germany and France.
4. Investment Process
Complete the “Investment application” form —— Selection by the Golden Tree fund management team —— Vote by Investment Committee —— Discussion of investment details —— Risk assessment and control process —— Sign investment agreement —— Announcement of the list of supported documentaries at the awards ceremony —— Post-investment management.
5. Registration Procedure
Registration starts September 15th, 2017and ends March 31st, 2018 on the official website of the Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival.
Complete the ‘Investment application’ form and submit it according to the instructions, and Upload a trailer between 3 and 5 minutes of length.
Organizing Committee of the Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival