The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival (HKAFF) is a quarterly online film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

HKAFF hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ...

Awards & Prizes

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival will showcase the very best of contemporary cinema. Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative feature, Documentary feature, Narrative short, Documentary short...) The winning filmmakers will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit. With the filmmaker's permission, we will also host the winning films prominently on our website.

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Rules & Terms

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener). All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

The filmmaker holds the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

24 Reviews

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    Alisa Berger

    Thankyou for picking our film as BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM Fall 2017, and thankyou for the fast reply. Great communication. Looking forward to participate in the real-physical edition 2018.

    October 2017
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    Jephté Bastien

    I'm looking forward to participate closely in that awesome film fest. SO far, my contact with the admin has been awesome!

    July 2017
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    jimmy cho

    Many thanks to HKAFF , for allowing us to participate in your festival. Immensely grateful, open space for independent projects, author, where love for visual art prevails, POETRY AND THIS NEED TO COUNT STORIES WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS AND COMMERCIAL INTERESTS.

    June 2017
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    Stephanie Camacho

    Excellent comunication and resource. Really happy with the organization.

    June 2017
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    Mimi Garrard

    I am very impressed with the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, and was disappointed I was not able to attend.

    June 2017