The International Student Film and Video Festival (ISFVF) is an international exchange gathering for student short film and video works organized by Beijing Film Academy (BFA). The Festival was established in 2001 by Professor and distinguished Director Xie Fei. Since then, ISFVF has been officially included in the Academy's academic curriculum and is held every autumn in Beijing.

The International Student Film and Video Festival (ISFVF) is supported by the International Association of Cinema, Audiovisual and Media Schools (CILECT) and is an important part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Cinematic Arts and Cultural Diversity.

The 22nd International Student Film and Video Festival will take place at the two campuses of Beijing Film Academy from November 17th to November 24th, 2023, featuring various screenings and exchange activities, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

Missions of ISFVF:

1. To promote the internationalization of film education at the Academy, develop a global vision among students and faculty, and improve their professional skills and abilities.

2. To facilitate in-depth exchanges among international universities, especially among students majoring in cinematic arts, and foster mutual friendship.

3. To support and encourage talented students and introduce them as emerging talents to the cinematic industry.

4. To advocate for individuality, exploratory thinking, technological innovation, and self-expression.

The following awards will be decided by the Evaluation Committee and presented with certificates, trophies, and prizes as encouragement:
1. Best Fiction.
2. Best Documentary.
3. Best Animation.
4. Best Director.
5. Best Screenplay.
6. Best Performance.
7. Best Cinematography.
8. Best Production Design.
9. Best Sound.
10. Special Jury Prize.

The following awards will be based on votes of the audience and presented with certificates as encouragement:
11. Outstanding Award.

For Regulations or work submission, please visit our official website at You can complete online submission through

1. Student Status:
The competing work is required to be completed by the creator while the person is enrolled in higher education institutions or equivalent educational programs (including advanced programs, bridging programs and vocational schools). Proof of enrollment, student ID or graduation certificate should be submitted by applicants at the time of

2. Running Time:
The length of the work (including the opening titles and closing credits) must be within 40 minutes.

3. Production Completion Time:
The work must be completed after August 15th, 2022.

If you have any questions about ISFVF, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or

Overall Rating
  • FĂ©lix Farny

    Such an amazing festival !
    - Two big theaters screening between 20 and 50 short films a day, during one whole week
    - 40 directors decided to come when I was there
    - a lot of very kind and helpful volunteers
    - really great place to live for one week
    - nice visiting schedule (we visited the Great Wall and the Forbidden City all together)
    - I had the golden award, and that was an amazing thing as well ;)

    November 2018
  • Aram Gharibyan

    The best student festival in asia!

    October 2018