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 January:

Brussels Short Film Festival [Deadline: Jan-26]

VAFI - International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin [Deadline: Jan-26]

Short Shorts Film Festival [Deadline: Jan-31]

Aviv International Student Film Festival [Deadline: Jan-30]

DC Asian Pacific American (APA) Film Festival [Deadline: Jan-31]

Festival submission deadlines in February:

Animafest Zagreb - The World Festival of Animated Film [Deadline: Feb-1]

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Deadline: Feb-1]

Cartoons on the Bay - Pulcinella Awards, International Television and Cross-Media Animation Festival [Deadline: Feb-7]

Corti Da Sogni Antonio Ricci - International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Feb-10]

Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market (Mifa) [Deadline: Feb-15]

Hamburg International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Feb-20]

Kyiv International Short Film Festival [Deadline: Feb-29]

Frameline: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival [Deadline: Feb-29]

Palm Springs International ShortFest [Deadline: Feb-24]