Winners Prizes

This juried competition recognises new and up-and-coming young filmmakers from around Asia for their achievements in filmmaking.  A cash prize will be awarded to the film that demonstrates standout excellence in creativity, storytelling, technique, and innovation in the narrative form. Age group and category winners will also receive a cash prize and all shortlisted films will be presented with AAYFF certificates.

How do I submit a film?

Once submissions are open from the January 1st 2019 head to the submission form but make sure you have the necessary permission.

When and where does the festival take place?

The #AAYFF2019 screening event will happen on 20 April 2019 hosted by ISHCMC, Vietnam.

What is the final deadline for entry?

The entry form and film must be received by Saturday 30rd March 2019 however submitting earlier is recommended.

What length of film may be submitted?

  • 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

*timings include credits.

Can I submit more than one film?

Yes, but films must be entered individually.

Will I receive any prize for winning an award at the AAYFF festival?

Yes, winners in each category will a cash prize. All shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to attend the Gala Screening Event on 20 April 2019.

If my film is selected, should I attend the festival?

Definitely! You should begin thinking about plans to attend the festival as soon as you submit your film! Shortlisted filmmakers will have an opportunity to attend a day of workshops and activities the day before the screening.

How will I be contacted if my film is selected for the festival screening?

If the AAYFF festival selection committee select your film, you will be contacted through email.

How many films are being nominated in each category?

The AAYFF will nominate up to 8* films for each age category, which will be judged on the evening of the screening by a panel of leading industry professionals.

*This may vary based during the programming of the event

What is AAYFF’s policy on copyrighted music being used in submitted videos?

If your film is shortlisted, a submission release form must be completed before your film can be screened. AAYFF will exclude from consideration submissions that contain licensed music without permission.

Are collaborative projects allowed for submission?

Yes, collaborative projects are allowed for submission.

What category should I submit music videos to?

All music videos should be submitted to the music video category.

Will AAYFF exclude my film from consideration if it contains profanity and/or other explicit material?

Yes, AAYFF will accept submissions for consideration that contain explicit material.Iinclusion of this material will not influence the selection process of AAYFF. See the British Board of Film Classification for guidelines

Do I need to translate my film?

No, AAYFF will accept submissions in any language, but subtitles in English would be appreciated if the film is in another language.

What is the festival’s definition of Asia?

The festival refers to the definition of Asia accepted by the United Nations, which includes Central Asia, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, SouthEast Asia and Western Asia.

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
— Steven Spielberg