The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered lives but, at the same time, it has made us get closer to one another and find solidarity in life. Nothing reflects this solidarity, this acceptance of diversity, this co-existence of various beliefs and opinions, more than the world of cinema, media and, visual arts. Films, scripts, TV shows and music videos all play their parts in making our current life more bearable and they can show us how to be human beings, how to cherish each and every moment and opportunity in life and how to love one another.

BUSAN NEW WAVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is a newly-founded festival based in Busan (South Korea) that aims to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Here at the BNWSFF, we celebrate and highlight various experiments and experiences in the worlds of cinema, media, and visual arts, and we are trying to provide a platform for artists of all backgrounds to come together and share their narratives. We sincerely hope that by gathering the greatest talents in independent cinema/media, we can provide our audience (and fans) a chance to have a sublime experience. We currently host monthly online screenings and a single physical event (once a year).

All official selections and finalists have a laurel badge.
The winning film will receive a certificate.
Awarded films will be announced on our website and our social media page.
At the end of each year, the jury will select one best short film of annual award and one best student film & best director of annual award from the monthly winners, and get a trophy of festival.


– Films must be submitted via an online screen ONLY.
– We DO NOT accept films submitted on DVD.
– If you are submitting more than ONE entry, a separate submission is required for EACH film.
– You are providing BNWSFF a nonexclusive limited license to use segments of your film (including trailers/film posters/press kits/teasers) for promotional purposes.
– The film production may be from the last THREE years.
– All films must be UNDER 45 minutes.
– Submissions DO NOT guarantee selection.
– All international films MUST have English or Korean subtitles if in another language.
– Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to use all music, images, and content in the entry submitted.
– Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
– No restrictions on premiere or online statuses.
– Official Selections will be announced on the website, social media and partners.
– Films CAN NOT be withdrawn from the festival program after being selected.

The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. He is legally authorized to enter his film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
Filmmaker agrees that film entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the Festival, and that fragments of the film might be also presented through mass media, in association with the promotional campaigns of the Festival.
The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.
If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by the Date of Event.
The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
If screenings or information are inaccurate or flawed, the organizer is only liable in case of gross negligence.
The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.

Overall Rating
  • Shelbatra Jashari

    Thank you for nominating "shemortelle" as a finalist in the best experimental film section!

    February 2024
  • It was a great honour to receive "the Best Cinematography" award! Thank you for this remarkable encouragement of my first-time in filmmaking!

    February 2024
  • Fantastic festival. We were so happy to be an award winner with our film "Dancing With My Mother". Thank you to all involved with the running of Busan New Wave Short Film Festival, from Lunacraft Productions.

    February 2024
  • 云鹏 李

    Thank you Busan New Wave for the fast feedback and communication, It has been an absolute honor being awarded "Best Experimental" with this festival -- our first in South Korea, so it's a very special win for us! Thank you for the beautiful certificate that we've been able to show other filmmakers and entertainment professionals proudly!Thank you for the overall love for our film!

    February 2024
  • Pretty Magic Flying Koi

    It has been an absolute honor being awarded "Best Director" with this festival -- our first in South Korea, so it's a very special win for us! Thank you for the kindness and the communication, and the beautiful certificate that we've been able to show other filmmakers and entertainment professionals proudly!

    December 2023