Every year, several outstanding short films and animations are produced and have received awards in Hong Kong, their creativity and efforts deserve recognitions both locally and abroad, not to mention many other excellent titles yet to be discovered. Now, Hong Kong independent filmmakers and animators are being offered a big step forward.

"HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS" is a scheme launched by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,aiming to promote excellent Hong Kong short films and videos locally and abroad. By sponsoring local talents to attend international film festivals and first-class cultural events, they will be introduced to global audiences and to engage in rewarding exchanges. Talents as such form the backbone of our creative industries, who make Hong Kong a unique and vibrant creative hub in Asia.



  • To introduce local creative talents to global audience
  • To broaden the talents' scope in short film filmmaking and appreciation
  • To promote Hong Kong short films locally and abroad
  • To reinforce Hong Kong as the creative capital in Asia


The online application for NAE is now closed. The next application period will be announced in due course. For Enquiries
Festivals submission deadline in November:

Filmfest Dresden- Intl. Short Film Festival [Deadline: November-01]

IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival [Deadline: November-10]

Berlin International Film Festival - short film competition [Deadline: November-15]

Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen [Deadline: November-25]

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Asia International Competition) [Deadline: November-30]

Aspen Shortsfest [Deadline: November-30]

Festivals submission deadline in December:

Tampere Film Festival [Deadline: December-01]

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film [Deadline: December-01]

Corti Da Sogni Antonio Ricci - International Short Film Festival [Deadline: December-01]

Melbourne International Animation Festival [Deadline: December-14]

MECAL International Short Film Festival of Barcelona [Deadline: December-15]

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival [Deadline: December-15]

BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival [Deadline: December-20]