KKIFF is Malaysia's longest running film festival based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The festival includes international and regional movie screenings, talks, workshops and training for film makers.

"Go10" Filmmakers' Competition

Is a short film competition for filmmakers from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong

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.

An 8 day, hands-on, intensive training course for young Malaysian filmmakers. They work in teams to produce short films under the guidance of experienced international and regional professionals from the film industry.

This 2-day workshop is open to documentary filmmakers from the ASEAN region, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republic of Korea. Participants will learn how to pitch their feature length
documentary film project and make a pitch to a jury.

Kinabalu Awards
1 award will be made in each category:

Trophy, plus RM3000 in each category
Documentary, Narrative, Indigenous Language

Will be made at the jury's discretion - certificates awarded

"Go10" Competition Guidelines:

Make sure you select "Go10" at the SELECT DEADLINE option for submission.

1. This competition is open to 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 entry fee to enter this competition on FilmFreeway is US$8.00

3. The film can be any genre (animation, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, comedy, etc.)

4. Length – maximum 10 minutes, including credits – that is, the movie can be up to 10 minutes long

5. Screening Format – digital video, no longer than 10 minutes

6. Language – any language but ALL non-English dialogue films must have English subtitles

7. All entries must have English subtitles

8. Multiple entries are welcome

9. Copyright for all music and videos used must be owned by the filmmaker – that is, you must have permission to use all music, sound and/or artwork in your short film.  By entering this competition, you agree that the KKIFF2023 will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.
KKIFF reserves the right to use stills and/or short clips of films submitted to Go10 for the purposes of marketing and promotion.

10. The film you enter must have been completed on or after 23 September 2021

11. The film should be entirely your own work.

12. If your film has been inspired by another film, please note this in the credits.

13. To submit your entry, please go to Filmfreeway

14. Entries must be submitted by 22nd August 2023

15. The KKIFF encourages filmmakers who have submitted entries for Go10
to attend the festival, especially the Go10 Highlight Screening and Awards Night. However, the KKIFF is unable to provide a financial contribution for airfares or additional expenses incurred during the festival.

If you have any questions, contact:  Jude +6014 3514298 or Jasmine +6017 8212132 or email us:  info@kkiff.com


Overall Rating
  • When I flew in to Kota Kinabalu to attend KKIFF2022, all I want was to represent our film, view the other films, meet new filmmaker friends and attend the Jury talk. But KKIFF is more than that! Jude is such as warm and jovial spirit. It was a case of kindred spirit for us when I first arrived and Jude introduced me to all the lovely people of the festival.

    Meeting Jude and the Sabahan filmmakers was such a joy that I truly value. And to meet Hassan (and listen to his talk) is truly an honor. 'was able to make friends like William and many Sabahan filmmakers and actors. I was also able to meet Filipino filmmakers who attended and was able to continue communication with them after KKIFF.

    KKIFF is a intimate festival experience with some of the friendliest people this side of the planet. It was one of the highlights of our year 2022 and we are most grateful.

    I urge Asian filmmakers to join in the Filmmakers Competition or just be part of the non-competitive sections. Add color and diversity to their already interesting programming.

    To Jude, Hassan, Rendall, Chris and William, thank you so much and congratulations to a lovely festival. Words can't measure up to the warmest accommodation you've shown us. To that I say, madamo gid nga salamat kag padayon!

    March 2023
  • Khristine Sandoval

    Superb effort of the organizers, thank you Jude Day! See you on next Film Festival!

    January 2023
  • Thank you for selecting my film!!

    September 2019