The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival (HKAFF) is a quarterly online film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

HKAFF hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ...

Awards & Prizes

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival will showcase the very best of contemporary cinema. Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative feature, Documentary feature, Narrative short, Documentary short...) The winning filmmakers will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit. With the filmmaker's permission, we will also host the winning films prominently on our website.

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Rules & Terms

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener). All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

The filmmaker holds the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

19 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Nader Khaledian

    Amazing Festival and great experience

    April 2017
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    Muriel Paraboni

    It was really great to be part of the official selection in the experimental film category. This was an honour for us, broughting wider visibility and improving a lot the qualification of the film in the festival circuit. Many thanks to the entire HKAFF team, wish a lot of success for the festival!

    April 2017
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    Christopher Whiteside

    I was disappointed to discover that this festival is online only, with no physical festival to take place, but was grateful for the selection for the website, and the time taken to watch the film. I do think that feedback from those that selected the film would be helpful, as the process isn't very enlightening. I do howeve, hope that with the connections to the Toronto Arthouse Festival, that this selection may bare fruit!

    March 2017
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    Sylvia Toy St. Louis

    I am a micro-budget filmmaker and work alone. "Network" does not describe the inclusiveness I felt from this festival. "Neighborhood" is more like it. I am thrilled to have been welcomed into the neighborhood and to feel much less isolated!

    March 2017
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    Heaven Kid

    This is indeed a great film festival. Not only is the organization perfect, but the service is wonderful as well. We enjoyed being part of it.

    March 2017