The 1905 Hong Kong Human Rights Film Festival is a newly established human rights film festival in Hong Kong. Our organization sees film as an easily accessible medium to spread awareness about human rights abuses, which can have an immense impact on the festival's audience.

*Please note, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, dates can be adjusted.
The festival aims to promote Asia Pacific Human Rights Filmmakers to the international audience. This year, the theme is "Tolerance and Non-discrimination".
The festival takes place in New York in November 2020. Submissions are open for all members of the Asia Pacific Human Rights Network.

1905, China produced its first film, "The Battle of Dingjunshan". In that same year, the Qing Emperor sent five ministers abroad to study constitutionalism, the first step towards establishing constitutionalism in China. In 1905, China took landmark strides in both film and human rights, which is why this festival has been named, the 1905 Hong Kong Human Rights Film Festival.

Human rights violations exist in every society, however, many times they are unrealized or neglected. Human rights violations are often normalized because they are woven into the fabric of a social culture. Groups and individuals subject to such violations are also frequently marginalized and deemed invisible. Therefore, an awareness surrounding human rights issues is the first step towards addressing them.

Our organization sees film as a powerful tool in vividly drawing human rights violations to the forefront of the dialogue, as well as capturing the hearts and minds of the audience.

There is a distinct lack of comprehensive human rights film festivals in East Asia, especially in and around China, where the topic remains a highly sensitive issue. In Hong Kong, Amnesty International organizes a Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. However, the festival only shows documentaries, which mainly attracts people already specialized in human rights (NGO members, human rights specialists etc). Our festival, instead, shows a mix of feature films, documentaries, and short films in order to attract specialists as well as a more general audience.

60 million mainland Chinese travel from the mainland to Hong Kong every year, about one million per week. It is also part of the Pearl River Delta area, with over 100 million inhabitants, one of the most densely urbanized regions in the world. Hong Kong, compared to mainland China is a much more liberal and open society, which makes it a perfect place to address human rights issues.

We want to offer both mainland Chinese and foreign filmmakers a platform to present their works as well as to enter a discussion with an audience that is otherwise rarely confronted with such topics.

- Refugees
- Freedom of speech
- Women's rights
- Ethnic minorities
- Protest and activism
- Justice
- Labour rights
- Universal suffrage

A Jury Award and a People's Choice Award will be given to a film in each category.


1. This year, in order to be considered for our film festival, films submitted must fall into the following category: "Tolerance and Non-discrimination". Only entries relevant to the competition category and submitted within the dates 31.03.2020 - 20.05.2020 shall be accepted. Participation at other festivals is not a limitation.

2. Submissions are open for all filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region. Submitter shall be willing to present his film in New York (November'2020).

3. Submitted entries must come with the final dialog script with time-code in English language. Entries in any other language than English, Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese must contain embedded English subtitles.

4. Technical requirements for film entries: recommended format HD 1080p, codec H.264 or X264, H.265, accepted container AVI, MPG, MPG2, MP4, MOV, WMV, frame rate 24 fps, sound norm EBU-R128 LUFS -24dB, aspect ratio 16:9. All submissions shall be in digital format.

5. Films can be narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, young filmmakers, and short films, however, films cannot be more than 2 years old.

6. There is no entry fee for the entries. Submission is free of charge.

7. Entry forms must be filled out and submitted through the FilmFreeway platform. Entries must be submitted no later than May 20th, 2020. Incomplete entries shall be rejected. Submitter must not withdraw the entry from the festival program once officially confirmed by submitting the entry.

8. Submitter hereby declares that he or she is a holder of all applicable distribution rights to submitted films and that this submission does not violate property rights of other parties or personal or proprietary copyright of the author or authors of a given film. The Organizer shall not be held liable for possible violations of right resulting from unauthorized submission of a film to the contest.

SUBMITTING FILMS FOR 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival:

1. This year, in order to be considered for our film festival, films submitted must fall into the following category:
"Tolerance and Non-discrimination"

2. Films can be narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, young filmmakers, and short films, however, films cannot be more than 10 years old.

3. By submitting a film, you guarantee that your entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of third parties.

4. No works in progress accepted.


1. Filmmakers must send DCP and DVD format to the address:

Crossroads Centre
18 Dashiqiao Hutong Jiu Gulou Dajie
Xicheng District 100009
Beijing, China


2. Please let us know if your film has already been shown in Hong Kong (if not, we will advertise it as a Hong Kong premiere).

3. Our festival often screens films multiple times throughout the festival (especially during the tour portion since we travel to different cities). Therefore, please let us know if there is a limit to the number of screenings.

5. If mailing a DVD, please label your disc with, Title, Director, Submission Categories, Runtime and email address.

6. If selected, filmmakers must also send their film's "Press Package" to contact.cwff@gmail.com. The Press Package must include:
- Film poster (high resolution)
- At least 2 stills (high resolution)
- Film synopsis
- A photo of the director

7. We reserve the right to use any material provided to us as part of our PR, marketing, and promotional activities.

8. For films in English, there must be Chinese subtitles and vice-versa. If the film is not in either of these languages, there must be subtitles in both English and Chinese. If the film does not have subtitles, the filmmaker must send a .srt file of their script to contact.cwff@gmail.com so that we can get it translated.

*By submitting the film the Submitter agrees to the terms and conditions of the Statute.