The FascinAsian Film Festival celebrates and promotes Asian perspectives, culture, and identity in film and media. The festival exists to highlight the talent of local, national, and international Asian actors, filmmakers, and content creators. We aim to create programming that inspires, educates, and brings the Asian-Canadian community together in appreciation of the art form and the collective effort by its valued members.

The organization strives to foster understanding and appreciation of Asian arts and culture within the Canadian mosaic. All films made by Asian-Canadian or Asian North-American filmmakers where the film's subject is Asian culturally centric will be considered.

*Submissions are considered for both Winnipeg and Calgary festivals. Selected films will screen in both cities as well as online. Three screenings for each film will be paid accordingly.

Awards will be presented for:

- Best Short Film - Juried Award
- Best Short Film - Audience Choice
- Best Performance in a Short Film - Juried Award
- The Building Bridges Award - offered to the film that best promotes cultural understanding (as selected by our jury)
- The Erin Hembrador Emerging Filmmaker Award - presented to a short filmmaker from Manitoba who shows considerable promise and has ONLY made short films thus far.

Our award prizes will vary between cash, prize packages from sponsors or award plaques.

Eligibility to submit to this film festival:

- We are currently accepting short films from all genres.
- Film or video created must have at least one member of the creative team (director, writer, producer/production company or cinematographer) or one of the lead actors/subjects (if documentary) self-identify as being of Asian or part-Asian heritage.
- The film must comply with the mission statement of the film festival.
- Films must have been completed within the last two calendar years (2021 & 2022)
- All non-English language films must have English subtitles. Please submit with soft subtitles (this can be done through the recent version of Adobe Premiere)
- All films will require English captions for the hearing impaired (upon acceptance).

Overall Rating
  • Joe Chang

    Wonderful film Festival with excellent programming! My animated short Pray was screened this year! Unfortunately, we couldn't travel all the way from Shanghai but the festival team promptly communicated by emails. Thank you very much!

    May 2023
  • Perfect Restaurant Productions

    Great festival with a commitment to showcasing Asian Canadian filmmakers. I attended at the Calgary location and had a wonderful time. Very inviting volunteers and staff that were well organized and worked to tackle any issues that arose. Very good for a first-time physical festival.

    June 2022
  • This festival is very supportive and flexible to accommodate its filmmakers! Even though I could not make it in-person, I was part of the virtual Q&A which was very fun and warm. They also support filmmakers very generously with the screening fees and festival package - free t-shirt, what's not to love? Thank you again for showing my film!

    June 2022
  • Sherwin Lau

    The FascinAsian Film Festival was a great festival! I was unable to physically be there at their screenings but participated virtually in their Q&A.

    Hosts were great, the staff were very responsive with any questions or issues. The films that screened were great and really showed an interesting breadth in storytelling, with animated and live-action films centered on the Asian experience.

    Will definitely submit and participate in FascinAsian Film Festival in the future!

    May 2022