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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.


All submissions are privately screened every quarter and evaluated by an international team of experts in the industry. .



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, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

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.


Winter 2017
offical selection

The 2017 Winter selection will be announced on December 22nd, 2017.

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival aims to showcase dozens of feature and short films. 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.

Award Categories

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

Fall 2017

Best Narrative Feature Film, fall 2017
The Astronauts' Bodies (Germany) by Alisa Berger

When his two mature children Anton (19) and Linda(19) start leaving the house, as they just have graduated from school, father Michael(55) stops taking care of his body as a protest. His son Anton takes part in a bed-rest-study to contribute to space-travelling, while his sister Linda is in search of her first love and is drawn to a young man, who seems to have similar problems like her father.

Best Documentary Feature Film, fall 2017
The Chronicles of Polyaris (Portugal) by Christine Reeh

A lost man... An abandoned settlement... An almost wordless story about a fallen utopia located at the edge of the world. After a tragic air crash at the end of the millennium, life in the Russian mining town on Spitsbergen ceased to exist overnight. A few years later, an anonymous chronicler arrives in order to present a dismal report about the state of human non-existence.

Best Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
Nemercka (Greece) by Avrilios Karakostas

Missing her, will take him to a journey. He will cross on foot the place they met and lived, so that in a way he can see her again.

Best Documentary Short Film, fall 2017
Hasta Siempre, Comandante (Cuba) by Faisal Attrache

Ernesto, a 14 year old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection to it. Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, he must reconcile these values with the reality around him.

Best Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Shadow (China) by LeiLei

This film tells about a girl who had been followed and abused sexually suffered sendary injuries which were all from different treatments of people around her.

Best Experimental Film, fall 2017
Sculpt the Motion (Italy) by Devis Venturelli

Sculpt the motion shows continuous transformations of metallic bodies through different urban plans. Contemporary architecture is a scenario for a performance, an experience as a sculptural promenade in a continuous flux. Silver strata of insulating material in action through the body change in mobile sculptures evoke Boccioni's Futurist dynamism.

Best Music Video, fall 2017
Tears (Switzerland) by Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux

A psychologic story of a strange chain smoking woman having misadventures with a dangerous husband...

Best Underground Film, fall 2017
Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters (United States) by John Brennan

When notoriously promiscuous Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. waltzes into the story, it is no surprise that the Sex Lobsters start to spread like wildfire, and everyone in Tromaville is feeling the burn! The romantic bi-sexual aquatic savior Dolphinman returns to Tromaville to fight the lobsters and bring relief from the unbearable itching and burning sensations befallen upon the town like a pat of extra-creamy butter.

Best Hong Kong Cinema, fall 2017
Longing (Hong Kong) by Chan Tsun Yin

Anthony claimed that he accidentally killed his son, John. A few years before John’s death, Anthony was discharged from prison, and brought home his illegitimate child Karl. John became rebellious and harmed Karl. Frank the officer found Anthony’s confession doubtful, and believed the murderer was someone else...

Narrative Feature Film, fall 2017
Love Me (Germany) by Nergis Usta

“Love Me” is a homage to Berlin. A movie about people caught in the big city lifestyle, searching — for their place and for themselves, drifting away — to fulfilment or despair.

Narrative Feature Film, fall 2017
Threshold (Argentina) by Claudio Perrin

An empty house at night. Heartrending screams coming from the streets and five persons who transgress the threshold to remain besieged, right after the murder they left behind.

Documentary Feature Film, fall 2017
Bird’s Nest - Hêlîn (Turkey) by Fırat Gürgen

After the mandatory migration in the years between 1984-1997 in the southeast region of Turkey, 13 years later the people came back to their old lands. When they came back, they saw the burnt and destroyed houses. They started to construct their new homes with everything they can find from their old ones. Bird’s Nest doesn’t ask the question of “What is war? Who side wins?” It is questioning what is hidden behind the will of repairing the past in human nature. It shows the story of people who try to rebuild their new lives on the remains of their old lands. 

Documentary Feature Film, fall 2017
Monger (Argentina) by Jeff Zorrilla

A sexual tour guide, an ex-client who is fighting for the custody of the child he had with a prostitute, and a fledgling client who is trying to sleep with the highest number of prostitutes possible show us the world of sexual tourism in Buenos Aires.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
In a World of Bad Breath (United States) by Christopher Graybill

Somewhere along the way humans were eaten by their own creations. And now forgotten archetypes and obsolete specters dance in the corners of the new world of Bad Breath. Adapted from automatic drawings during a severe fever of hypnagogia. Watch general confusion amongst an ancient presence.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin (Netherlands) by Rene Nuijens

‘Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin' is a dry tragic musical comedy (short) film about a gipsy guy who does think he can be famous by writing a song for the first man in the space 'YURI GAGARIN'...

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
The Shuttle (United States) by Lu Han

When an infertile nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
In The Still Of The Night (Singapore) by Sanif Olek

Set post-WW2, three women struggle with an acute sense of loss related to the men in their lives, but find new strength amid the sorrow.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
Embers & Dust (United States) by Patrick Biesemans

As the radio broadcast of War of The worlds travels across the airwaves, a young boy's imagination is sparked, sending him on his own kind of vision quest, deep into the neighboring forest.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
Where I Belong (Portugal) by Miguel Munhá

Two brothers who have always lived in an island fight for different dreams. One of them, a fisherman, wants to live and die in his home village; the other wants to leave and become an actor.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
1st June (United Kingdom) by Gabriel Calderwood

A couple becomes estranged as their long summer draws to a close.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
Glory (Israel) by Assaf Hayut

In the gutters of the ever troubled state of Israel an apolitical and voyeuristic camera follows three relationships.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
12 Yellow Stars (Finland) by Henna-Riikka Halonen

A surrealist story about disoriented girl and a boy in a strange new world and a man and a woman who face and are blocked by borders and walls. Based on a comic book The Raspberry Ice Cream War published by European Union in 1996.

Narrative Short Film, fall 2017
The pencil (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin

An unsharp pencil, it's very annoying

Documentary Short Film, fall 2017
Medea's Walk (Ukraine) by Mel Hsieh

Medea’s Walk is a Pasolini inspired Butoh opera, starring butoh dancers Valentin Tszin and Flavia Ghisalberti with music by Audrey Chen (vocals), Phil Minton (vocals), Henrik Munkeby Norstebo (trombone), Thomas Rohrer (rabeca), and Michael Vorfeld (percussion), staged in front of the UFO looking roof at Olympic stadium of Kiev, Ukraine. This genre bending opera has no melodic lines, let alone arias, but can be perceived as a counterpoint of thriller threads by body and sound performance in their mixture of beauty and pain.

Documentary Short Film, fall 2017
Lab Rat #31415 (United States) by Justin Weinrich

In the United States, there are currently over 100 million rats living out their lives in research laboratories. This is a day in the life of one such creature.

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Re-Organization (Israel) by Osi Wald , Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer

A trippy animated journey through the hundreds of catalogues printed by the Israel Museum over the last 50 years. The catalogues are an endless source of inspiration – Art of any type and time, Archeology, Brides from Afghanistan, scattered texts, butterflies, a cabbage, Bauhaus, cigarette ads, limbs, squares of color... We scanned, cut, filed, tore and read. We found ourselves reorganizing the catalogues over and over, Recognizing connections and dismissing them. The more we broadened our research, the more the film became personal. At the end we realized the film no longer deals with the art we absorbed but with the way we look at it, the space between the artist the text and the observer, the gap between the art pieces and the catalogues .

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Mt. (Taiwan) by Lai Yu Chi

This story is about the journey of love told though the act of mountain climbing. A man meets a woman and sets off to “conquer” her. Their relationship face trails and turbulences told through the shifting of forms and features of the mountain.

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
National Gymnastics (Korea, Republic of) by Gyuri Lee

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Shame (Spain) by Alberto Rey Garcia

Ahmad, an innocent Syrian child travels with his father (and a hundred more refugees) on a dinghy to Europe. He sees his dreams of getting to the promised land broken after the sinking of the dinghy...

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning (Canada) by DaCosta Bayley

A whistle blows, signalling break time. Gerd sits in his favourite spot to enjoy his break and catch up on some reading. Unbeknownst to Gerd, his best friend Sunny is about to deny him any respite from the day’s grind. Things go from zero to “wha’-tha’?!” when Sunny finds himself in a tight spot and Gerd has to rescue his little buddy. Some quick thinking and a little hacking just might save the day.

Animated Short Film, fall 2017
Going Ape (France) by Nicolas Lesaffre, Charles Blanchard

How apes will behave if they have access to social media and internet? The story begins with a black monolith waking up an ape when landing in the stone age world. Through the monolith amazing window our protagonist will discover how his own kind have colonized the earth in a parallel world?

Experimental Film, fall 2017
Experimental: No.4 / Parts: 1+2 (United States) by Atton Paul

Made in April-June, 2017

Experimental Film, fall 2017
The Dream Hatcher (Russian Federation) by Mel Hsieh

An experimental short about the interpretation of dream hatching and symbol of captivity and entrapment.

Experimental Film, fall 2017
Enthalpy (Germany) by Lena Doreen Zwerina

Wind, snow - perceivable coldness. Three screens, three generated sights. One recording spread out.

Experimental Film, fall 2017
White Trash (Argentina) by Jeff Zorrilla, Ignacio Tamarit

Cinematic Graffiti. A defacing of the image of normality sold to the public en masse. We manipulate these images to express our visceral reaction as filmmakers and artists to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the disasterous yet logical conclusion of a system that is finally imploding before our eyes.

Experimental Film, fall 2017
In Through the Night (United States) by Josiah Cuneo

By recalling a childhood story, a world of daydreams and longing unfold against a quiet backdrop of the quotidian.

Experimental Film, fall 2017
A Perfect Circle (For my Dad) (United States) by Noah Engel

A Child draws a perfect circle for their father.

Music Video, fall 2017
The Pieces (United States) by Blake Ortego

A short film and composition about insecurity, obsession and ego.

Music Video, fall 2017
Pooma - Soldier (Germany) by Harun Güler

A love-hate relationship between two men ends up in a bloody battle.

Underground Film, fall 2017
Inferno (United States) by Dustin Rosemark

A contemporary horror adaptation of Dante's Inferno, shot entirely on B+W film.

Underground Film, fall 2017
Exquisite Corpse (United States) by Laura(Jingyi) Li

A boy, or a Mermaid, changing forms between the edges of death and life, reincarnation, rebirth. When will be an end for these endless repetitions? Within the non-stopping process, many emotions intertwined, and memory of different lives confuses each other. The only thing that does not change, might be the destiny that, "even though I close my eyes this time, I will soon open them shortly.

Hong Kong Cinema, fall 2017
A Close Call (United Kingdom) by Wing Chiu

Close Call is a true story bases on the thrilling experience of the director's Father before retiring from police force. Back in 1991 in Hong Kong, crime rate was overly high due to the continuous illegal immigration from Mainland China. The director's father and his team were assigned to neutralise an armed robbery syndicate and mounted an operation in Water Head Village, Kam Tin, around a three-story village house where the criminals hide.

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