Taylor's University Film Festival is open to university students from all around the world.

The inaugural festival was conducted in 2019 and ran for 3 days. It included workshops, master-classes, experiential booths, screenings, Q&A with filmmakers, as well as a gala awards night.

Unfortunately, the festival was put on hold in 2020 & 2021 due to the pandemic.

The festival returned in early 2022 in a hybrid format, with some live workshops & screenings on-campus and in cinema halls with some other events being streamed online.

Back again now in 2023, the festival will continue in hybrid mode, with live in-person workshops and screenings, as well as a selection of online streaming webinars.

2023 Workshop dates:
6th - 8th March 2023

Link to register for workshops:

2023 Screening & Awards ceremony:
9th & 10th March 2023

There will be two (2) separate categories for Malaysian and International submissions, with maximum durations for each sub-category as per below:

Animation - 5mins
Experimental - 5mins
Documentary - 15mins
Short Film - 15mins

There will also be another two (2) separate categories - Malaysian & International - for technical achievements, which will be selected based on the overall submissions.

Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Narrative
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Production Design

In total, twenty-four (24) awards will be handed out.

Films must have been produced between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2022 only.

Films must have been produced while filmmakers were still in tertiery education.
Films must be listed as student films on FilmFreeway to be eligible.
Shortlisted films will be contacted via email and be required to provide the necessary evidence prior to the final announcement.

All film submissions are to be done online via FilmFreeway only (https://filmfreeway.com/TUFF2023)

By submitting films to TUFF, candidates thereby grant TUFF to obtain full access permission to the film and make sure the film does not contravene the rights, including copyright of any third party. Filmmakers will be liable for any damages in the event TUFF and/or their film is sued for infringement during the screening.

Filmmakers who submit their films must grant TUFF the right to use up to 30 seconds of the film for media promotion purposes.

Films must not have been available for public viewing at any time prior to the festival, whether on broadcast/cable TV, digital streaming services, physical distribution (DVD or similar) or public online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

We will not accept any submission that include corporate logos in the film and/or credits. Simple text credits are allowed.

Subtitles for Malaysian submissions:
i) All non-English language films should have English & Bahasa Malaysia subtitles.
ii) All English language films should have Bahasa Malaysia subtitles.

Subtitles for International submissions:
i) All films in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Khesshen Mahendran

    It was such a great experience and opportunity for us to be apart of this festival! We would like to express our gratitude to Taylor's University for selecting our documentary under categories of Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Our sincere thanks to Ms. Prema, the Head of School and crew members for guiding us throughout the event. Overall, we really look forward to take part in all future festivals/competitions conducted by Taylor's University.

    March 2023
  • Overall my team and cast loved the festival held. Can't wait for the next festival. Thank you for the opportunity.

    March 2023
  • Qurratul Ain Saeed

    Thankful for the selection and award!

    March 2023
  • Faris Gmkz

    Excellent film festival with a variety of wonderful films on screen. Beautiful cinema. Communication was great.

    June 2022
  • Jia Ying Lim

    Great communication and great people! :) It's rare enough to find a good film festival in Malaysia that supports local films, go submit your films here guys!

    June 2022