Bangkok's 9FilmFest is active now! Preparing for its' screening on September 2-3, 2020! Bangkok has opened Malls, restaurants, theatres, fitness, salons and more as it begins to return to normal commercial life! Everyone is excited to see new films! This is your chance to showcase your movie to the world!

Welcome to the 8th Bangkok 9FilmFest, an annual international short film festival held in the greatest city in South East Asia. The 8th 9Fest will be held at Cinema Oasis, Bangkok’s newest indie film centre. Located on Bangkok’s pristine Sukhumvit road, not far from the famous Emquartier Mall. 9Fest was founded by filmmakers, for filmmakers and audience. We are excited to announce 9FilmFest dates of September 2-3, 2020.

Tell us your story! We accept short films of all genres.

What is more rewarding than having your film accepted into Competition? As Filmmakers, we take great pride in announcing our film is in competition! “9” is the luckiest number in Thailand. Thus, 9 films are selected as Competition Finalists. Film Science, needs festivals to screen and create memorable and inspiring experiences for filmmakers and the audience. When we capture the audience, we are successful!

Unfortunately, Indy Shorts Film Festival presented by Heartland Films, has been postponed in 2020. 9FilmFest regrets that our partnership of screening films at Indy Shorts 2020, will not be held this year. But, we look forward to continue our partnership in 2021.

Last year, the 9Fest Program screened at the magnificent Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. At the 2019 Indy Shorts Festival, the THE TRANSLATOR’s director, Pagorn Jungrungruang flew more than 11,000 miles to Indianapolis from Thailand to present his film at the 9Fest Program screening.

Here’s what they said at Roger Ebert’s website:

9Fest, the short film festival run in Bangkok by Brian Bennett, was the focus of a special section at Indy Shorts, compiling several works from directors around the globe, and like all the festival curation I observed here, it was anything but redundant. Bake Phouikham’s “Fallen Star, Rising Sun,” offers a candid sit-down with Ko Chandetka, the first Lao-American bodybuilder, whose struggles with addiction nearly derailed his life. He told me afterward that he believes there’s no healthy way to participate in any sport on a world-class level, and that one must always weigh the risks with the rewards.

The creative world is at your fingertips. 9FilmFest’s goal is to support filmmakers, applaud their hard work, spark creativity and provide opportunities for discovery. We’re here to make filmmakers dreams come true.

9Fest has Narrative, animation, and documentary categories. Short films must be under 40 minutes in length. The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.

Awards for Best Films, Cinematography, Sound, script, Actress and Actor will be presented on September 3, 2020.

The creative world is at your fingertips. 9Fest’s goal is to support filmmakers, applaud their hard work, spark creativity and provide opportunities for discovery. We want filmmakers dreams to come true.

9Fest looks forward to seeing your amazing stories.

9Fest Competition Categories: Narrative, Documentary and Animation

The category winners receive 9FilmFest laurel certificates for these awards:

Best Film
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Script


Each submitted film goes through an involved judging process, and is screened in its entirety. Films submitted to the 9FilmFest are distinguished by their overall artistic and technical quality. 9Fest is open to all genres and looks forward expanding visions, ideas and truths to the world.

To be eligible for the 9FilmFest, films must comply with the following:
- The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.
- The film must be less than 40 minutes in length.
- The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
Non-English films must be subtitled in English.
- Your full-length short cannot be posted public on youtube or vimeo channels before
screening at 9FilmFest or Indy Shorts
- There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. 9FilmFest and Indy Shorts will
not pay a screening fee to any film featured in the Festival; there are no exceptions.


In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered as a Finalist in their respective category:

• The submitting filmmaker must be either the producer or director of the film.
Entries are accepted exclusively through
• A completed official entry on must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
• Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, the password is mandatory. Links may be included in the FilmFreeway cover letter or emailed to


All entries must submit the following information to be considered for 9FilmFest:
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, a working password is mandatory.
• Completed and digitally signed submission on
• Entry fee.


All filmmakers will be notified by email before August 30, 2020. 9FilmFest reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as August,2020.

Overall Rating
  • Tinh Mahoney

    9 Film Festival is special because I got to connect with the Festival Director, Brian, at a personal level. He understood the important of my work and as an independent filmmaker it’s golden.
    I hope that 9 Film Festival will be around as long as I continue to make films because I’ll
    submit my films to this festival every single time.

    Best wishes and many thanks for doing what you do best.

    Tinh ‘The Khe Sanh Peace Garden’

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind and positive review. You understand our goals and values in enriching filmmakers and audience alike :)

  • Ken Sagoes

    Thank you for selecting our short film “The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie,” to be included in the 9FilmFest. The Festival is well-organized and great communication. To top off the experience—we were honored to win BEST ACTOR AWARD for our teenage actor Kaleb A. Roberts! THANK YOU!!! May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Ken, we appreciate your positive words and wish you and your cast and crew a successful future to come and more exciting and important movies like "The McHenry Trial - Don't judge a Kid by Their Hoodie"

  • One of the best film festivals in Thailand. Unfortunately i was not able to attend the fest but the communication was excellent by Brian. All the best for the 2020 edition. Cheers!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Danish, thank you for your review, we all appreciate the encouragement from filmmakers, like yourself, to keep our creative community alive!! Looking forward to your future films! keep them coming!

  • Jack Cooper

    We were unable to attend but appreciate 9FilmFest for selecting our film and hope that it was received well in Bangkok. All interactions with festival organisers was smooth and straightforward.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jack! Your film was well received with plenty of laughs. Great comedy and we wish to see more of your films!

  • 9Filmfest screened films by some very accomplished filmmakers and we were glad to be a part of it. The venue for 2019, Oasis Cinema in Bangkok, is also fast becoming a cultural icon.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Alan, Thanks for attending your screening of LITERARY METHOD OF URBAN DESIGN. It was a new approach, bringing creativity and importance of the future to come, with your son as our moderator!