Pramana Asian Film Festival is a young independent film festival dedicated to films from the Asian continent.

The third edition will be held in Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) from the 27th to the 29th of March 2024.

The festival was created by three Southern Italian and Korean young people who studied together in Milan, and is managed by a cultural non-profit organization based in Calabria.

It represents the first program of Eastern cinema in the region, with the objective of offering high quality works from the Asian continent to promote its cultural diversity through the cinema language.

The idea behind the program was born from our passion for Eastern cinema and culture, together with the awareness that, in Southern Italy, Asia is often object of misunderstandings, stereotypes and prejudices that don't do justice to its richness.

The differences between the many Asian countries are deep and complex. However, they are too often observed through Western critical perspectives. We want to offer a film program able to narrate Asia from the point of view of those who directly experience it, to stimulate the interest to explore the stories and the traditions from these countries.

For this reason, we intend to select enjoyable movies, able to put together quality, creativity and accessibility. We refuse the idea of an elitist art house cinema, dedicated only to experts and small groups of film enthusiasts but unable to communicate with the general public.

We want to reach especially those who are not used to this type of initiatives and are not familiar with these cultural contents.

The films admitted in the Official Selection will compete for the following awards:


The winner of BEST ASIAN SHORT FILM category will be awarded with a full scholarship to participate in "KINO GUARIMBA FILM RESIDENCY", organized by La Guarimba Organization in Calabria. The scholarship has a value of $1500, and covers the participation fee, the accommodation and the training events of Kino Guarimba, an international film training program held in June and September in Italy.


a. You can submit both short and feature films, no limits of duration.

b. There’s no limit of genre and format. We don’t like censorship and we don’t care about repressing the creativity of artists in the name of audience sensibility.

c. The films must be produced from the year 2019.

d. The production country of the films needs must be part of the Asian continent. Asian films in co-production with countries from other continents are accepted.

Here's the list of the countries that we can include in the selection:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

e. All the films, to be considered, must contain English subtitles.

f. We don’t require the status of premiere. We accept films that have been screened in other festivals.


a. The films must be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway platform. Any other processes won’t be taken into consideration.

b. The films will be watched by the festival programming team, who will publicly announce the official selection by the 1st of March 2024. The programmers decision is unquestionable and it represents the result of personal preferences. We don’t intend to express in any way a judgement on the quality of the work.

c. The festival will communicate the result to the selected filmmakers through an email to the address indicated on FilmFreeway submission.


The selected filmmakers/distributors must send the following materials:
a. A clean copy (with no subtitles) in H264 format.
b. English subtitles file (.srt) or list of dialogues in English.
c. We won’t accept any file on physical support, and we won’t give back eventual hard drives/pen drives/DVDs.


a. The screenings will be on the days 27, 28 and 29 March 2024 in Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy), at Cine Teatro Metropolitano, an historical 120 seats theater in the city center.

b. We won’t recognize screening rights for the selected films. The festival is a non-profit event with free entrance, which won’t speculate in any way on the works of other people.

c. The films will be screened in original language with Italian and English subtitles.

d. The festival will prepare the subtitles files, professionally translated from English or Korean. The srt. file will be sent for free to the film authors.


a. The festival reserves the right to use a short extract, a frame and the poster of the selected films exclusively for the promotion of the event.

b. Submission fees won’t be refunded. Once the title has been registered through the platform, we will consider it submitted.

c. By submitting a film, the individual or the organization declare to accept the festival rules and allows the public screening of the work exclusively during the 3 days of the event (27, 28 & 29 March 2024). The film won’t be spread in any way outside the festival.


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Overall Rating
  • Yamini Deen

    A wonderful festival founded by visionary young people from Korea and Italy. Thank you for hosting us in Reggio. We had a great time, and appreciated talking about Delhi Dreams with a very engaged audience. We highly recommend Pramana Asian Film Festival.

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Yamini! It was amazing to meeting you and screening your film!

  • Thank you for your hospitality. It was a great honor to be with the first Pramana Asian Film Festival.

    July 2022
  • donnie cai

    Thank you so much for all of your work, especially the Italian subtitles!
    It was a great honor for our film to be appreciated by 100 Italian audiences.
    To hold a brand new festival with your own concept and faith is not an easy task. Rarely is a fresh film festival organized with such care and attention to detail.
    As a festival agent for my school mates, I hope their works can be seen and be affirmed by the world. I will keep submitting our films to Pramana!

    May 2022