Who can participate?

The AAYFF is open to ALL YOUNG PEOPLE who are currently enrolled in primary/junior, high schools, senior schools or colleges throughout the region. Films can be submitted in any one of four age divisions:

  • 9 - 12 AGE GROUP (Junior / Elementary)

  • 13 - 15 AGE GROUP (Middle / High school)

  • 16 - 18 AGE GROUP (Senior / High School)

Film Categories

  • Narrative – any film that is primarily a narrative.

  • Genre Film– any film that primarily fits a specific genre convention (Horror, Comedy, etc)*

  • Animation – any form of animation

  • Documentary – any subject!

  • Experimental – any film that does not fit the mould of typical filmmaking.

  • Music Video – music video* (Music must be own composition, licensed or have the full permission of the recording artist)

  • Short short – any film 60secs or under

*Please remember be mindful this is a family festival! Please refer to the AAYFF RULES for further clarification about content.

Film Duration

In order to be accepted in the AAYFF competition, your submitted film must adhere to the following durations (including credits).

  • 9 - 12 AGE GROUP – No longer than 3 MINUTES

  • 13 - 15 AGE GROUP – No longer than 5 MINUTES

  • 16 - 18 AGE GROUP – No longer than 7 MINUTES

It was an absolute privilege to be part of the inaugural AAYFF held at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. From the broad range of entries, there’s little doubt that the creative talent pool across Asia is incredibly deep and that this region continues to produce filmmakers with strong voices, displaying beautiful artistry, telling sophisticated, meaningful and inspirational stories and presenting them with high technical ability and mind-blowing creativity. That these young people have chosen to not only invest so much time and effort to create some wonderful work… but then have the bravery to subject it to broad scrutiny… says a lot about the possibilities for the future in this rich and varied part of the world. The AAYFF provides a superb platform to showcase and celebrate that young talent, undoubtedly nurturing Asian filmmakers of tomorrow.
— Tom Batchelor, GM Disney Studios, South East Asia