Provides an opportunity for independent regional filmmakers to screen new work. Our aim is to highlight the talent of emerging, independent filmmakers throughout the ASEAN region, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republic of Korea. This is out of competition.

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CINEBALU submission guidelines:

1. Submissions can be made by citizens and residents of ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong

2. The submission charge on FilmFreeway is US$8.00

3. All genres are eligible for submission

4. Shorts and feature-length films are eligible

5. Screeners/preview copies for both shorts and feature-length films can be submitted

6. Multiple submissions are welcome

7. The film can be in any language – but English Subtitles are required

8. Submissions must have been completed on or after 23 September 2021

9. Copyright for all music and videos used must be owned by the filmmaker.  By submitting your film to the KKIFF2023, you agree that the KKIFF2023 will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your film.

10. KKIFF reserves the right to use stills and/or short clips of films submitted to CINEBALU for the purposes of marketing and promotion.

11. Submissions must be received on or before: 15 May 2023

12. Festival screening format is dcp, bluray or dvd

Curating CINEBALU will take place in May-June 2023 and those whose films are selected for screening will be informed on the KKIFF website and by email as soon as possible after this.

All movies selected for CINEBALU screenings in a cinema will be submitted to the Malaysian Censorship Board

If you have any questions, contact:  Jude +6014 3514298 or Jasmine +6017 8212132 or email us:

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic festival! One of our team attended the screening and had an amazing time. They are great at promoting artistic films and creating a fun festival.

    October 2022
  • Thank you for Belaban Hidup movie official selection, you guys are Awesome!

    October 2021
  • Harvan Agustriansyah

    Thank you Jude Day as Festival director and all staff of KKIFF for having my film Sugar On The Weaver’s Chair on your film program this year. The festival so unique and much appreciated. All the best for the festival..

    October 2021
  • Ming Siu Goh

    Jude and team were lovely to work with, and we thoroughly enjoyed the panel discussion we had, as well as the other quality films selected!

    October 2020
  • Alex Curran-Cardarelli

    Wonderful online event! Thank you for having us.

    September 2020