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


Online application for NAE is now closed. Details of the next round of application will be announced in due course. Make an enquiry
Festival submission deadlines in April:

International Animation Festival HIROSHIMA [Deadline: Apr-1]

Hollyshorts Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-7]

Manlleu Short Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-8]

Woodstock Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-12]

Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-13]

Salento International Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-14]

Concorto Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-15]

Palm Springs International ShortFest [Deadline: Apr-20]

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-27]

Greek International Short Film Festival in Drama [Deadline: Apr-30]

Portsmouth International Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-30]

Uppsala International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Apr-30]

Festival submission deadlines in May:

International Short film festival Shnit [Deadline: May-1]

Festival Silhouette [Deadline: May-13]

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival [Deadline: May-18]

FilmVideo Montecatini – International Short Film Festival [Deadline: May-15]

São Paulo International Short Film Festival [Deadline: May-15]

Fantoche – International Animation Film Festival [Deadline: May-18]

Motovun Film Festival [Deadline: May-20]

Ottawa International Animation Festival [Deadline: May-25]

KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin [Deadline: May-27]

Sedicicorto International Film Festival [Deadline: May-27]

Message To Man International Film Festival [Deadline: May-31]

Thai Short Film and Video Festival [Deadline: May-31]

Festival submission deadlines in June:

Portsmouth International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-1]

Locarno Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-1]

Hollyshorts Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-2]

KLEX – Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival [Deadline: Jun-2]

Montreal World Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-8]

Woodstock Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-14]

FilmVideo Montecatini - International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-15]

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-15]

Venice International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-15]

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-17]

International Short film festival Shnit [Deadline: Jun-20]

Tehran International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-20]

Vancouver International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-22]

interfilm - International Short Film Festival Berlin [Deadline: Jun-24]

Cork Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-29]

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-30]

International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography [Deadline: Jun-30]