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Submission for the 2018/19 TV Programme Commissioning is now open:

Genres of Commissioning

Submission Deadline

Drama (Single Episode) (3rd Season)

3 September 2018

(5:00 p.m.)

(Closed)

New Talent Drama (Single Episode) (3rd Season)

New Talent Drama (Series) (3rd Season)

Documentary (Single Episode) (3rd Season)

Documentary (Series) (3rd Season)
 

Animation (Single Episode) (3rd Season)

Animation (Series) (3rd Season)


Download Forms

 

Download Application Form
Short-listed proposals must submit production budget in the format provided herein
Download Drama Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Documentary Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Animation Budget Form (Inquiry Password)
Download Agreement (for Single Episode / Mini Series)
Download Agreement (for New Talent Drama Series/Single Episode)
Download Agreement (for Animation)
Reference for audit report
The Hong Kong CPA Practice Directory:
https://www.hkicpa.org.hk/app/hkicpa_app/practicedirectory/index.php

 

A. Programme Commissioning
B. Eligibility
C. Commissioning Funding
D. 2018/19 Topics for TV Commissioning Programmes
E. Procedures of Commissioning
F. Enquiry

 

A. Programme Commissioning

Programme Commissioning is an open platform for independent producers to exhibit their creativity. By doing so, we aim to help building up Hong Kong's independent television programme production industry. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) provides 100% funding in the form of equity and owns 100% of the copyright to the programme.

The types of programme RTHK will commission are:
i) Drama
ii) Documentary
iii) Animation

 

B. Eligibility

1.  In order to be considered eligible to apply for RTHK's Programme Commissioning, an applicant must be a company with major business activities related to film or television programme production or distribution and registered in Hong Kong. Such company does not hold any broadcast license and is not affiliated to any broadcasters.
2. Application to New Talent Drama (Single Episode) and New Talent Drama (Series)
In addition to the requirements cited above, this category aims to nurture new directors. The director of the New Talent Drama category must be someone who has never directed any television drama with duration over 20 minutes prior to this application.  The director of the New Talent Drama (Series) must be someone who has never directed any serial drama with duration over 20 minutes per episode prior to this application.

 

C. Commissioning Funding

1. Single episode

1.1 Single-episode Drama, New Talent Drama, Single-episode Documentary and Single-episode Animation

  • Main theme of Single-episode Drama, Single-episode New Talent Drama and Single-episode Documentary will be decided by RTHK from time to time.  However, regardless of the genres and categories, they all have to be suitable for prime time broadcast on Chinese language television channel.   The duration of each episode will be 44.5 minutes for Drama, 26 minutes for New Talent Drama, 22 minutes for Documentary and 3 minutes for Animation.

  • The production budget for each episode of 44.5-minute drama shall be no more than HK$600,000. For 26-minute New Talent Drama or 22-minute documentary, the production budget shall be no more than HK$200,000.  The production budget for each episode of 3-minute animation shall be no more than HK$70,000.


2. Mini-Series
2.1 Documentary Series

  • Topic may be provided by RTHK or proposed by the applicant.  Free topic is allowed so as to attract new programme ideas or innovative programme format.
  • Each series will consist of 5 episodes of the same theme, and each episode should be 22 minutes in duration.
  • Production budget shall be no more than HK$1.4 million.

2.2 New Talent Drama (Series)

  • Free Topic

  • 6-episode serial drama (sequels with same leading roles and a continuous plot or non-sequels with the same theme)

  • Production budget shall be no more than HK$1.2 million.

2.3 Animation (Series)

  • Free Topic

  • Five episodes of 1-minute serial animation (sequel or non-sequel) or five episodes of 3-minute serial animation (sequel or non-sequel)

  • Production budget shall be no more than HK$100,000 (for 1-minute serial animation) and HK$350,000 (for 3-minute serial animation)


 

D. 2018/19 Topics for TV Commissioning Programmes

A. Single-episode Drama

Topic: Below the Lion Rock 2018

The “Below the Lion Rock” series may cover social issues which people care about and serve as a reflection of the Hong Kong people.  These social issues can be presented as the principal plot or as backgrounds.  Although these stories aimed to reflect reality, the treatments are not confined to  realism.  In other words, regardless of genres or methodologies:  realism, film-noir, comedy, Sci-Fi, crime, mystery, suspense etc. can be adopted. Such stories will ultimately evoke resonance among us all.  In spite of the societal contention in recent years, we are to continue exploring and documenting the “reflection of the Hong Kong people” through drama!

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 44.5-minute HD drama episode
  • Production budget: no more than HK$600,000

B. New Talent Drama

Topic: The Dance of Relationship

Alfred Hitchcock once said, “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”

We live among people and in one or another relationship, whether it’s confrontational or harmonious or apathetical, when we turn real life stories into drama, we allow others to peek into someone’s life, hoping to inspire, to reflect or just to share.

We look forward to your works, telling stories of people's lives.

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 26-minute HD drama episode

  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000


C. New Talent Drama (Series)

Topic: Free Topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • 6-episode serial drama (sequels with same leading roles and a continuous plot)

  • 6-episode serial drama (non-sequels with the same theme)

  • The series could be directed by more than one director or by different directors who are eligible per the requirements of application under this category.

  • Production budget: no more than HK$1,200,000


D. Single-episode Documentary

Topic (1): China Stories

In the last few decades, China has been experiencing tremendous changes in its economy, society and infrastructure.  The leader's dream of a revival of the Chinese: domestically, they want to be rid of poverty and move towards a  well-off living standard; internationally, they want to carve out an economic corridor, via land and sea, and set  the blueprint for a rising power.  However, beneath such prosperity lies apprehension.

New cities and towns are sprouting, and yet the gap between the urban and the rural areas, in terms of income and standard of living, keeps widening.  The industries which generated the new-found wealth bring forth arrogance, but also contribute to an air quality index of PM 2.5.  The people are encroaching nature for space, so is this a natural disaster or a self-inflict problem?  The internet enables spread of information fast and wide, and yet the monitoring of the internet has never been as severe as present.  Are culture and historical sites part of our legacy, or just a hindrance to development?  Economic growth on the Mainland has also brought about the ever aggravating problems about soaring prices, housing, public health, food safety, corruption, civic morals, etc. 

At the crossroads, we can't help asking:  Where is China going?  Each episode of “China Stories” shows audience China by presenting them with stories, characters and images, in the hope that they may understand what the Chinese think, do, and care about now.  Leaders have dreams, but what about the dreams of the people?

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 22-minute HD single-episode documentary.
  • Real stories with real characters; filming location may be Hong Kong, the Mainland, Macau, Taiwan, or any Chinese community around the world. Preference will be given to stories taking place in the Mainland China.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000.

Topic (2): Taiwan Stories

Taiwan, which is only a strait away from the Mainland, is hailed as the most democratic place among all Chinese communities.  Her economic development and internet technology has earned her the honour as one of the “Four Asian Dragons”. Taiwan society is signified by pluralism, openness, and rich humanism in many aspects of life.  However, by the 21st century, she is besieged by various problems: economic and trade policies are out of sync and relied on the single market across the strait; declining export, rising unemployment, sustaining low wages, high property prices, poor food safety and natural disasters keep storming in. There is also the infamous political animosity, which has paved way for a severe schism over generations, wealth disparity as well as over the “reunification-or-independence” issue.  From Chieh-shou Road transforming to Ketagalan Boulevard, Taiwan has been searching its way out.  We Hongkongers only observe our so close and yet foreign neighbour Taiwan across the strait.  Even though Hong Kong has recently seen a rising trend of emigration to Taiwan, not too many of us bother to really understand this island.  Through the characters, stories and images, “Taiwan Stories” take its audience across the strait,  travel through its harbours and alleys, and visit various communities to observe its livelihood and to listen to the murmurs of the old and the heartbeats of the young.  
Come with us to stroll through the island of Taiwan, maybe you will see a different Taiwan too. 

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 22-minute HD single-episode documentary.

  • Real stories with real characters; filming location should be mainly in Taiwan.  Preference will be given to local stories taking place in Taiwan.

  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000.

Topic (3): Caring for our community

This new series of documentary (single-episode) will take you to people from different countries, territories and ethnicities, who are pursuing the same goals and present you stories that focus on caring for the others. Living in a globalized world, we can see countries with frenzied pace of development and the oppressive pressure due to high social competitiveness. People fight endlessly for their own interests yet forgotten that humanity is the foundation to enhance the competitiveness of the country.  Meanwhile, there are always some kind ones who decide to  bring warmth to those in need.  We wish to record the little stories and explore the importance of humanity with our camera in metropolises or even in small towns, and to look at life through people’s stories, thereby displaying the colours of humanity and universal values, as well as how people’s dignity and life are safeguarded.

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A 22-minute HD single-episode documentary.

  • Preference will be given to stories outside China, Taiwan & Hong Kong

  • Production budget: no more than HK$200,000.


E. Documentary Series

Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • A documentary series of 5 episodes on the same topic.
  • HD production of 22 minutes per episode.
  • Production budget for the whole series : no more than HK$1,400,000.

F. Animation

Imagining the unimaginable, animation provides the way to break the boundary of reality. Inviting everyone who is interested in animation production, beginners or veterans, to participate in this commissioning projects.

(1)       1-minute Series

Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • 5 episodes of 1-minute serial HD animation production (sequel or non-sequel)
  • Production budget: no more than HK$100,000.

(2)       3-minute Series

Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • 5 episodes of 3-minute serial HD animation production (sequel or non-sequel)
  • Production budget: no more than HK$350,000.

(3)       3-minute Single Episode

Topic: Free topic

We are inviting proposals with the following contents:

  • HD production of 3 minutes in duration.
  • Production budget: no more than HK$70,000.

 

E. Procedures of Commissioning

1. Evaluations for this year's Programme Commissioning Exercise take place in three sessions. The sought topics, programme formats and requirements, as well as the deadlines for application, are listed in this webpage (http://app4.rthk.hk/special/tvcommissioning/application_e.php). Application forms and standard production budget forms are also available for download in the above-mentioned RTHK webpage.

2. Applicants need to submit their application with programme idea and story outline, project details and a copy of Business Registration Certificate before the respective submission deadlines.  Applications can be sent by registered mail or courier to RTHK TV Commissioning Unit, Television Division, Radio Television Hong Kong, 1A Broadcast Drive, Kowloon.  Submission via mail will be validated by the date of the postmark.  Applications submitted in person must be dropped into the designated collection box located at G/F Lobby, Television Division, Radio Television Hong Kong, 1A Broadcast Drive, Kowloon before the submission deadline indicated above (late submissions will not be processed).  Proposals received will be given a reference number, acknowledged and kept sealed until the deadline of each session.

3. The information filed in the application form by the applicant has the same force and effect as if made under oath.  If it is discovered that there is any falsification in the application, we will cancel the application and reserve the right to take legal actions against the applicant.

4. Assessment Criteria of the first round selection:

Assessment Criteria Drama/Documentary/
Animation
New Talent Drama
Creativity 40% 50%
Relevance to the theme 30% 30%
Feasibility 30% 20%
Total Score
(Passing Mark: 60)
100% 100%

 

5. For proposals that have been short-listed, applicants will be given 4 weeks' time to submit the required items listed as below:

5.1 Single-Episode Drama

a. Detailed project proposal includes : detailed scenes list, shooting locations (proposed or confirmed), lists of casting (proposed or confirmed), full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications and a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  Applicants entering the third round assessment will be required to submit a full script.

b. Production budget


5.2 New Talent Drama (Single Episode)

a. Detailed project proposal includes: detailed scenes list, shooting locations (proposed or confirmed), lists of casting (proposed or confirmed), full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications and a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  Applicants entering the third round assessment will be required to submit a full script.

b. Production budget


5.3 New Talent Drama (Series)

a. Detailed project proposal includes: detailed scenes list for all episodes, shooting locations (proposed or confirmed), lists of casting (proposed or confirmed), full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications and a copy of the company's business registration certificate.  Applicants entering the third round assessment will be required to submit a full script for 1 episode.

b. Production budget


5.4 Single-Episode Documentary & Documentary Series

a. Detailed project proposal includes : Programme concept, case background information, preliminary research report, synopsis, treatment & shooting locations, list of interviewees, full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications, a copy of the company's business registration certificate.

b. Production budget


5.5 Animation (Single Episode and Series)

a. Detailed project proposal includes : Detailed scenes list, brief introduction of character design, treatment, storyboard, full list of key production team members and their CVs, director's showcase (please submit DVD, if any), production schedule, technical specifications, a copy of the company's business registration certificate.

b. Production budget


6. Short-listed applicants must submit the detailed project proposal and the production budget in the form of “two-envelope in envelope” (as shown below).  The detailed project proposal and the production budget should be enclosed in two separate envelopes, clearly marked with the words “Detailed Project Proposal” and “Production Budget” respectively, together with the application reference on the outside of the envelope.  The two envelopes shall then be placed inside a sealed envelope and delivered in the manner as required.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

two-envelope in envelope

 

7. Short-listed candidates of all types of commissioning programmes will be invited to interview. External members, namely, academics from universities' communications department, executive producer or producers from television or film industry, professionals related to the commissioning topics etc., may be invited to the assessment panel to assist in the evaluation. Assessment will be based on creativity, content originality, enhanced ideas to illustrate the theme, production feasibility, relevant expertise, track record, crew members' profile and experience, equipment and facilities support, suitability for prime time broadcast and producer's performance during interview.  The production budget will be examined separately by RTHK Programme Commissioning Team.


8. All applicants will be notified of the results within three weeks after interview.

 

F. Enquiry

tvcommissioning@rthk.hk