Last year's AAYFF2017 screening scenes

Last year's AAYFF2017 screening scenes

The AAYFF is hosted by Tanglin Trust School from the heart of the one-north media district in Singapore and is wonderfully supported by HBO Asia, Disney and Mediacorp.

Join us at the Red Carpet Gala Screening where the AAYFF Official Selection 2018 will be screened in front of a live audience and panel of esteemed judges from HBO, Disney and Mediacorp. Winners of each category will be announced on the night.

HBO Asia will again be covering the Gala Screening event for broadcast across Asia!

Friday 4th May
 5.30 - 10pm
The Moot, Tanglin Trust School
(Level 5, The Nixon Building)

Dress Code – Formal / Hollywood Glam

Seats are $10


Tanglin Trust student takes on AAYFF design for final IB Visual Art project

Julius Villar, a Year 13 IB Diploma student made the most of Tanglin Trust School hosting the 2nd edition of the AAYFF by using the festival and its values to inform his process portfolio work and exhibition. His final work is currently being exhibited with the accompanying artist's statement.

AAYFF (Series)

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AAYFF is a design made to promote the Across Asia Youth Film Festival, and the underlying themes of wonder and imagination, predominant in youth. The interconnecting lines represent both the concept of international coexistence across Asia, and local Singaporean culture, as a representation of the local MRT network. Bold primary and secondary colours are used practically, to capture a viewer's attention, as well as symbolically, to capture the essence of a lively, colourful youth.

JV March, 2018

AAYFF 2018 Prizes announced!

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Prizes will be awarded from the Official Selection by our jury on the evening of the screening event at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore.

Best AAYFF Film 2018: S$1000 & Trophy

Best Film (10-12 age group): S$250 & Trophy
Best Film (13-15 age group): S$250 & Trophy
Best Film (16-18 age group): S$250 & Trophy
Best Film (19-21age group): S$250 & Trophy

Best Documentary: S$150 & Trophy
Best Animation: S$150 & Trophy
Best Horror: S$150 & Trophy
Best Experimental: S$150 & Trophy
Best Drama: S$150 & Trophy
Best Music Video: S$150 & Trophy
Best Short Short: $150 & Trophy

Best Director: S$150 & Trophy  
Best Editing: S$150 &  Trophy
Best Cinematography:  S$150 & Trophy
Best Sound:  S$150 & Trophy
Best Special Effects:  S$150 & Trophy

Audience Award: S$250 & Trophy 

The Audience Award is voted for by the public over a period of a week following the screening event. All amounts listed are in Singapore Dollars

Introducing Ellie and Carl, AAYFF Student communications

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My name is Ellie and I am the Head Student Communications Manager for the Across Asia Youth Film Festival 2018. Along with my assistant Carl, we are in charge of managing the ‘aayfilmfest’ Instagram account and we would love to showcase the production process of you making your films.

We're looking for behind the scenes photos or clips to share with our followers! If you already have an Instagram account please follow the AAYFF on@AAYFilmFest and tag your pics/clips with #AAYFF2018 OR If you send a clip/photo to with the name of your film and shooting location we can post for you!

For a little background information, I joined the AAYFF team last year and led the Social Media Campaign. I created the Instagram account and posted photos and footage from the actual event throughout the night as well as interviewed filmmakers. I really enjoyed being a part of the event last year as it was great to see different students across Asia coming together to celebrate the creativity of avid, youthful storytellers. When I heard that the event was happening again this year, I was very eager to be a part of the organisational process again and I have been lucky enough to have been given this higher role in this event. I currently do A-Level Media Studies and will be posting lots of photos of our production process for our coursework to show you guys our behind the scenes perspective!

We really look forward to seeing the films that you produce (for those of who are shortlisted) and we really hope that you keep in contact with us leading up to the event because we would love to see some behind the scene clips of what you are filming.

Hope to see you all on May the 4th!
Best wishes,

Ellie and Carl

Across Asia Film Festival 2018

AAYFF 2018 Festival Posters now available to download!

Featuring artwork from some of last year's films, the #AAYFF2018 festival posters are stunning and also now available to download from the festival site or here. 

Please feel free to download the posters and spread word of the Across Asia Youth Film festival at your school or college.

The AAYFF is Back!


Dear Filmmakers and Film fans,

The AAYFF is back! We are already tremendously excited and busy planning the second edition of the Across Asia Youth Film Festival which returns in the new year.

The festival will once more be hosted by Tanglin Trust School from the heart of the media district in Singapore. We are also delighted to announce the continuing support of our partners HBO Asia, Disney and Mediacorp all of whom helped make the AAYFF shine in its inaugural year.

The AAYFF connects talented young filmmakers with the film and media industry and aims to provide more opportunities for young filmmakers to learn from industry professionals and develop their craft. We are therefore thrilled to be including an additional industry experience day of workshops and exclusive experiences organised by our partners which all shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to attend.

Important news will be announced over the coming months, but for now please take note of these key dates:

January 1st 2018
Opening Date For Submissions

March 23rd 2018
Submission Deadline

3rd May 2018
Industry Experience Day

4th May 2018, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Gala Screening Date

Please help to share news of the #AAYFF2018 with your friends, students and colleagues by following on social media using the links listed below. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.

Have a wonderful Christmas break and see you in the new year!

The AAYFF Team

The AAYFF 2017 on HBO!

HBO, Disney, Mediacorp, JTC and the hosts at Tanglin Trust School really helped the AAYFF shine in it's inaugural year. The #AAYFF2017 Gala Screening will be sure to live long in the memory of the young filmmakers who's work was screened and the audience lucky enough to be in attendance. HBO sent a team in to cover the event and here is the TV Spot that went out Across Asia last month.

The AAYFF Gala Screening Event 2017

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Many thanks to all of you who helped share word of the festival with your students and help make this event happen. Tomorrow at Tanglin Trust School, thirty two films shortlisted from 274 will be screened before an audience of 500 and an industry jury. Many of the young Singapore based filmmakers will get to meet those travelling in from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and China. We will have in excess of 100 student filmmakers who submitted films in attendance!

 Shortlisted young filmmakers from 17 schools across Asia. 

Shortlisted young filmmakers from 17 schools across Asia. 

Shortlisted young filmmakers from 17 schools across Asia. 

From 6pm the shortlisted films will be made made public via our Facebook page and here on the site. The programme will consist of 32 films by students from 17 schools being screened and then the awards ceremony.

✦ International School of Ho Chi Minh City ✦ Tanglin Trust School ✦  International School of Beijing ✦ UWCSEA, Singapore, ✦ IGB International School Malaysia ✦ International School of Dongguan ✦ QSI Shenzhen, China ✦ Shrewsbury International School Bangkok ✦ International School Manila ✦ Singapore American School ✦ The International School Of Macao ✦ SMK (LKTP) Maokil, Labis Johor, Malaysia ✦ The British International School Shanghai ✦ Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore ✦ Canadian International School ✦ Vientiane International School, Laos ✦ International Bilingual School at Hsinchu-Science-Park ✦

We will also be featuring films during the interval on the live stream which didn't quite make the shortlist, so be sure to share with your students.

✦ Green School, Bali ✦ King George V School, Hong Kong ✦ Dulwich College, Shanghai ✦ Tanglin Trust School ✦ Kellett School, Hong Kong ✦ Yew Chung International School Shanghai ✦

There will be an Audience Award which will be decided by the public voting over a period of a week following the screening. This year's winner will win S$250 kindly donated by the Tanglin Trust School PTA and one of our AAYFF trophies. Voting will open tomorrow at 6pm via our Facebook page and here on the site.

I'm already looking forward to the impact this event will have on youth filmmaking in the region, so when we return with the second edition we can look forward to even more students getting involved and sharing their stories through film.

Kind regards,


David Anthony Procter
AAYFF Director


This year's AAYFF will be closing for submissions at the end of the week Sunday 12 March

The online submission formmust be submitted and films received before this deadline date. Late entries will not be considered.

What happens next?

The shortlisting committee will be meeting on Tuesday 14 March to review all the films and arrive at a final shortlist. Successful submissions will be showcased before public and industry audiences at the 2017 edition of the AAYFF hosted by Tanglin Trust School on 24 March. Filmmakers will hear if their film has made the shortlist before 17 March.


Submission deadline: 12 March 2017

Shortlisted films published: 17 March 2017

Festival Gala Screening event: 24 March 2017

All filmmakers submitting to this year's festival will be invited to attend the screening event. to find out more to book a seat click here.