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


Festival submission deadlines in May:

KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin [Deadline: May-17]

Uppsala International Short Film Festival [Deadline: May-21]

Locarno Film Festival [Deadline: May-27]

Hollyshorts Film Festival [Deadline: May-29]

Ottawa International Animation Festival [Deadline: May-29]

Sedicicorto International Film Festival [Deadline: 30 May]

Concorto Film Festival [Deadline: May-31]

Greek International Short Film Festival in Drama [Deadline: May-31]

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

MIX COPENHAGEN LesbianGayBiTrans Film Festival [Deadline: 31 May]

Festival submission deadlines in June:

South Taiwan Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-1]

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-5]

Motovun Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-5]

Vancouver International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-12]

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

interfilm - International Short Film Festival Berlin [Deadline: June-14]

Kaohsiung Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-15]

REC Filmfestival Berlin [Deadline: Jun-15]

Woodstock Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-18]

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

International Short film festival Shnit [Deadline: Jun-21]

Iris Prize Festival [Deadline: Jun-22]

Busan International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-24]

Asiana International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-30]

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

Peloponnesian Corinthian International Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-30]

Seoul International Senior Film Festival [Deadline: Jun-30]

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

Festival submission deadlines in July:

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival [Deadline: Jul-1]

Cork Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-5]

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market [Deadline: Jul-5]

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-5]

London Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-6]

CINANIMA - International Animated Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-10]

Festival Tous Courts [Deadline: Jul-12]

International Short Film Festival Winterthur [Deadline: Jul-12]

Reykjavík International Film Festival [Deadline: July-15]

ZINEBI, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao [Deadline: Jul-15]

Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-25]

Venice International Film Festival [Deadline: Jul-21]

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