Hong Kong On Screen Film Festival (HKOSFF) serves as a platform to champion the Hongkonger experience in cinema. HKOSFF will empower filmmakers to tell and share Hongkongers’ stories by showcasing their unique works. We proudly advocate for inclusive, diverse, and progressive cinematic storytelling about the Hongkonger identity. We invite you and all other visionary filmmakers to submit your project for consideration in the first edition of HKOSFF.

The inaugural Hong Kong On Screen Film Festival is being planned as an in-person event in April 2023 in the Los Angeles metro area. The Festival is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and may make modifications regarding in-person exhibitions following local and statewide health statutes to ensure the safety of the public. Any changes to the Festival’s format will be communicated to participating filmmakers.

Entries must be submitted in one of the categories below. Each submission will be screened and evaluated by the selection committee and festival curators. Accepted entries may be recategorized into specific programs at the discretion of the programming team. A longer description of each category is included in the Rules and Term Section.

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Youth Film
Audience Award Narrative Short
Audience Award Documentary Short

*Additional categories may be added based on festival showcases.

Submissions to the Hong Kong On Screen Film Festival are open until December 31st, 2022.

HKOSFF 2023 is seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are “by,” “about,” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world, and have been completed within the last THREE years.

ATTENTION ALL FILMMAKERS: PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOUR PROJECT IS NOT ABOUT HONG KONG, ITS IDENTITY, ITS PEOPLES, AND ITS DIASPORAS. IT WILL NOT BE PROGRAMMED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COOPERATION.

Submissions must fulfill ONE of the following conditions:

1. One of the creative talents (director, screenplay, editor, actor/actress) must be an HKID holder, or one of the creative talents’ parents is an HKID holder;

2. One of the creative talents (director, screenplay, editor, actor/actress) speaks Cantonese;

3. The speaking language in the film is primarily or predominantly in Cantonese;

4. The shooting location was in Hong Kong;

5. The film story is about Hong Kong.

Filmmakers who commit to attending the in-person post-screening discussion will receive the priority of consideration.

All films must be under 30 minutes.

Please submit your films through our submission platform, FilmFreeway.com. Submissions and screening links sent directly to Festival Programmers’ inboxes will not be reviewed.

Films must be submitted online ONLY. We DO NOT accept films submitted on DVD.

A separate submission is required for EACH film, if you submit more than ONE entry.

You are providing HKOSFF a nonexclusive limited license to use segments of your film (including trailers/film posters/press kits/teasers) for promotional purposes. Digital media from invited entries must be sent to the Festival pre-paid at a date determined before the Festival.

The HKOSFF may screen accepted entries during the festival dates (April 2023) at any of our exhibition venues. Selected films will be screened in the section determined most appropriate at the discretion of the Festival Programmers. By submitting your film, you recognize the festival may select to screen your film in-person (or virtual) and confirm that all rights related to public screenings of your film have been cleared. We are not liable for any legal disputes arising from your film's public exhibition.

If your film is invited to screen at HKOSFF, your film must be subtitled in English (even if your movie is in English). It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to provide subtitles for their exhibition file and promotional screeners. HKOSFF will not be responsible for subtitles. Films without subtitles will not be included in the Festival lineup.

Submissions DO NOT guarantee selection.

Official Selections will be announced on the website, social media, and with partners.

Films CAN NOT be withdrawn from the festival program after being selected.

All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of HKOSFF programmers and are final.

Submission Categories:

Applicants must classify their film under one of the following categories. The Festival Programmers reserve the right to reclassify the film into the various sections of the festival program. New sections may be created based on the type of content the festival receives.

Narrative Short
Any scripted work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less. If the film is a narrative documentary hybrid, please submit it under this category. Films must be “by,” “about” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world.

Documentary Short
Any non-fiction work with a running time of 30 minutes or less. Scripted reenactments within the film are acceptable. Films must be “by,” “about” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world.

Youth Short (content created by young emerging filmmakers, under age 24)
Any film with a running time of 30 minutes or less that fits the Narrative or Documentary Short parameters, is submitted by someone less than 24 years old on the submission date. Films must be “by,” “about” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world.

Cinema Musica (Music videos and music-centered narratives and documentaries)
A video that integrates an existing song with visual imagery with a running time of 5 to 30 minutes. Rights for the music must be cleared ahead of any festival exhibition. Films must be “by,” “about” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world.

Children / Youth Shorts (content created for children 6 - 12 years old)
Any film with a running time of 30 minutes or less that is children/family-friendly. Films must be “by,” “about” or “for” the Hong Kong community around the world.

Please enter your film ONCE to the category most suitable for your movie. HKOSFF programmers will consider the submission for another program category if suitable.

Timelines

A signed entry form and screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway.com, by December 31st, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST.

Upon acceptance to the Festival, the following is required:

Press Kit containing a 50-word synopsis in English, three hi-res film stills (300 dpi, CMYK, and RGB color), and a digital trailer with English subtitles.

DCP, along with a copy of the film in an H.264 format video file with a file size smaller than 10GB. Exhibition copies of accepted features must be received by March 1, 2023.

Submitters will be notified of entry status in mid-January 2023. Judges’ decisions are final. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, feedback on individual films will not be provided.

Awards will be given for excellence in form and content. The Festival curators will determine which accepted submissions will be nominees to be considered for an award. Feedback will not be provided.

Liability:

Signatory of the Film Producer grants HKOSFF permission to screen the aforementioned work at the Festival if accepted and warrants that all necessary steps have been taken to obtain the rights to use, exhibit, and display the work. The signatory also gives HKOSFF permission to solicit and use stills, excerpts, and other materials from such accepted work for promotional purposes.

The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound. Accordingly, 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 event date.
The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.

The organizer is not liable (unless grossly negligent) for any inaccurate or flawed screenings or information.

The applicant must read and agree to the regulations and guidelines for participation.