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The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival (HKAFF) is a quarterly online film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

HKAFF hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

PRIVATE SCREENINGS

All submissions are privately screened every quarter and evaluated by an international team of experts in the industry. .

FILM SUBMISSION

SUBMIT A FILM

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

SUBMISSIONS
The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener). All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Summer 2017
offical selection

The 2017 Summer selection will be announced on June 22nd, 2017.

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival aims to showcase dozens of feature and short films. Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative feature, Documentary feature, Narrative short, Documentary short...) The winning filmmakers will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit. With the filmmaker's permission, we will also host the winning films prominently on our website.

Award Categories

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Spring 2017

Best Narrative Feature Film, Spring 2017
Run / Vlucht (Germany) by Frank Blau


Germany. The situation has changed from democracy to a kind of military dictatorship. L., a woman age30, mother of two little children is being blackmailed by the department of homeland-security: She has to hand over a so called terrorist. B. is on the run. She is forced to leave Germany. L. finds B. in the forrests, they walk together.After some time L. realises, that she and B. are in the same desperate situation. Run- a movie about trust, loneliness and the morality of betrayal.

Best Documentary Feature Film, Spring 2017
Babylondon (United Kingdom) by Andres Roccatagliata


BabyLondon is a documentary, which reveals an invisible side of society in London, a city where reality and illusion get muddled up. Young immigrants from different countries, share ideas, beliefs and experiences which connects us with a universe full of questions which make us doubt the political and social system we live in. The people who appear in the documentary explore an alternative lifestyle which puts them on the margins of the system, recycling food from dustbins, living in houses which have been abandoned by their owners and taking drugs as a way to explore. In the course of the documentary these characters show us the nature of the world they inhabit, a world full of uncertainties, a context in which experimentation plays a primordial role in understanding the purpose of life. These characters show us a hidden side of the London underground; a psychedelic London which coexists with the cultural discomfort prevailing in postmodern society. The filmmaker has immersed himself in an urban subculture, developing an audio-visual experience, which portrays a fragment of the hidden alternative culture in London while at the same time revealing the cultural disenchantment that exists in postmodern society.

Best Narrative Short Film, Spring 2017
Zoe (Poland) by Antoni Nykowski and Ola Rudnicka


Stolen pay. Sexual harassment.Months without a paycheck. Outrageous fees and expenses that eat away at earnings. And no one to turn to for help. Zoe is a story about 18 years model, being exposed to white rape and sexual abuse situation since she was 15. It’s about her striving to survive in a world full of hypocrisy, where youth & innocence are only an asset.

Best Documentary Short Film, Spring 2017
Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary (Australia) by Ian Tran, Rachel Morssink


What happens when a $3.7 billion dollar regional rail project gets derailed by a 76-year-old man and his humble doughnut van? Nick Tsiligiris' doughnut van, Olympic Doughnuts, has been an iconic fixture at Melbourne's Footscray train station since 1979. This short documentary offers a glimpse into Nick's life and the business that has captured the heart of this multicultural and ever-changing community.

Best Animated Short Film, Spring 2017
Pizza Face (United States) by Justin Ulloa and Jamie Dwyer


A self-absorbed pizza waitress unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister new mobile app.

Best Underground Film, Spring 2017
Otis N' Dwayne (United States) by Dylan Mendoza O'Neil


Two androgynous creatures embark on a psychotronic journey of self-discovery in a cruel, unusual and mostly male world. This comedy about two gay androids abandoned in a New Jersey suburb inhabited by God, the devil, and other lowlifes is a f*cked up movie for f*cked up times.

Best Experimental Film, Spring 2017
The Grace Chapters (Germany) by Lene Vollhardt


Grace Kelly lingers in the stairway of the cinema. Men appear, lining up in a row in front of her, like a tribunal at a trial on an unknown indictment. Confronting her equally with offers and allegations, her state is increasingly marked by a state of cryptic waiting. Riddled by the hints she is given, her perception starts to undergo transformation, resonating with the space she is in, rather than with the men that keep appearing in front of her. Does the hallway of the cinema speak to her, or are those the theatre ghosts? Expelled from the screen, will she find her way to empowerment, or will she be forever locked in the transition space between projection and being real?

Best Music Video, Spring 2017
Skinny Days - Alright Right Now (Poland) by Mats Udd


The story of five people in an abandoned factory in Poland. When an old man suddenly enters nothing will ever be the same. This psychotic and gross video is the collaboration between a Swedish director, the Norwegian band Skinny Days and a Polish film crew. This is the band Skinny Days first single but even though their music is far away from horror, not even the bands from the Norwegian black metal scene made ​​videos like this.

Narrative Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Beijing Being (Australia) by Emma Jaay

Beijing Being is a lyrical, nostalgic exploration of friendship in an ever-changing city. Sophie, a young blogger living in the historic laneways of Beijing, is struggling to accept the abrupt departure of her best friend during a visa crackdown. The future is uncertain - for the foreigners with their temporary (and at times dubious) visas, their Chinese friends with their nontraditional lifestyles, and even the old streets themselves, falling under the hammers of the developers. Sophie makes sense of the rhythm of change, loss, heartbreak and the sheer exhilaration of being young in the best way she knows how – by creating a cabaret on the streets she loves but can never own, discovering in the process that being in Beijing is less important than being herself.

Narrative Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Benny Loves Killing (United Kingdom) by Ben Woodiwiss

The film is about a French student living in London who is making a horror film as her final dissertation at University. This flies in the face of everything she is supposed to do, but she insists on doing what she wants to do. As the film progresses, it develops into a claustrophobic character study of Benny as she begins to destroy everything around her. Or does she? The film has a Rorschach inkblot of a narrative, allowing viewers to reach different conclusions about Benny.

Narrative Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Living and other fictions (Spain) by Jo Sol

Pepe has left the psychiatric hospital after serving time for stealing to work. Only the solidarity of Antonio, a disabled activist, allows him to build a fragile life on which to project his weak hopes. Nevertheless, his need to fit in a senseless world becomes a desperate chore. The horizon of his long-awaited “normality’’ proves unreachable. The relationship with Antonio interpellates his view of life, inviting him to recognize himself as an anomaly and invent a new madness in which to live.

Narrative Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Office for Monument Construction (Poland) by Karolina Bregula

They came from a town which no longer exists. Having no better place to stay, they inhabit a deserted office building, situated in the middle of a vibrant city. However, their temporary home is bound for demolition so they will soon have to move again. Constantly searching for something which might represent their identity, they gather unusual objects. Gradually a museum-like collection begins to emerge. The film raises oblique questions around the acquisition of collections, and institutional attempts to preserve collective identity.

Narrative Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

The Tower (Poland) by Karolina Bregula

An opera musical about people who plan to build a sugar tower. Full of absurd and anxiety, the story of the utopian project is addressing the history of post war Modernist housing architecture. analysing it from the position of its user, the inhabitant of a modernist city. The dreams and desires are juxtapositioned with difficult reality of life in the blocks and contradictions inscribed in the modernists' plans.

Documentary Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

The Hermitage Theatre. A Golden Age (Russian Federation) by Manas Sirakanyan


The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg contains many masterpieces but five of them are on permanent display: lining the River Neva, they are the five buildings of the great palace complex itself. But even among these magnificent buildings one is truly unique. It is the Hermitage Theatre, the oldest theatre in St. Petersburg and the only eighteenth-century theatre building left in the city. The 18th century witnessed the Golden Age of the Hermitage Theatre, when its position as the theatre of the court made it the most important theatre in the Russian Empire. It was also one of the most important music centres in Europe. Some of the greatest composers, writers and artists of the time worked for the Hermitage Theatre and left it a great artistic heritage, which is now undeservedly forgotten. Now, thanks to the work of such artists as the baroque ensemble ‘The Soloists of Catherine the Great’ - who meticulously strive to rescue the performing arts of the 18th century from oblivion - it is one again possible to immerse ourselves in the potent atmosphere and the spectacular heritage of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Theatre during its ‘Golden Age’.

Documentary Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Tore, the sky & the sea (Germany) by Maria Mogren and Jens von Larcher

The Swedish artist Tore Kurlberg lived in a fishing village on the coast. He rarely exhibited and hardly sold any paintings, but everyday he went to his studio and painted the view from his window: the horizon, the roofs, the sky and the sea. His work became increasingly abstract until all that remained were lines and dashes on the canvas, in hundreds of variations. Now the house is to be sold and the place is being emptied. Books and furniture are thrown out the window and the paintings are given away to his extended family in a lottery. Tore, the sky & the sea is a film about dedicating your life to one idea. It explores the remains of a life, the power of dreams and the nature of love.

Documentary Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Sputnik! (Spain) by Asier Abio

Jacint loves horror, gore and trash movies and now he`s got a dream: make a feature movie. Although he hasn`t a lot of money, with the help of his friends, he begins shooting a guerrilla cinema movie: ZOMBI INFECTION.

Documentary Feature Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Soft Water (Italy) by Enrico Mazzi

During the interlude between two floods, a man decides to rebuild a stilt house on a river’s bank, renewing a sequence of gestures that once he shared with those who, along with him, loved to take shelter in this small uninhabited space.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Tian and Mimi's Summer (Taiwan) by Eva Chen

In a summer of marble sodas, Tian meets Mimi. One day, Mimi disappears. Can Tian find her?

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

The Erlking (United Kingdom) by Christopher Whiteside and Madeline Graham

A young couple's burgeoning love for each other grows into something darker, when they face a malevolent entity that lives in the woods.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Samuel (Australia) by Ismail Khan

A young father struggles to deal with the loss of access to his baby boy.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Mura-Mura (Mexico) by Ragnar Chacin

Sáric is a young woman who has come from the sea. She follows an ancestral path which leads to a voyage of initiation through the desert, as she looks for other people.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Addictions (United States) by Emanuele Michetti

Peter: a narcissistic lawyer who found mechanical happiness in power, money, and sex. Betsy: a depressed young woman smashed by fast paced, individualistic society, who passes the time getting high and being miserable. Annette: a want-to-be artist who is too scared to challenge herself. She spends days and nights in front of screens. They are mid-class white people in their late 20s, in the process of decay of their life, but in different stages. All begin their New York City day as usual, nothing but surviving, but Betsy can't bear this non-living anymore.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Carma (Singapore) by Gerald Seah and Tariq Mansor

Centering around a young mobster’s traumatic maiden experience with committing murder, his veteran of a partner attempts to convince him that what goes around does not always come around.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Little Chicken (Canada) by Nicolas Legendre

After a big day of work at the factory, Jason is practicing for his "rap battle" of tomorrow, under the scrutiny of his colleague Max. He will have to learn to confront all kinds of opponents ... Even those who have nothing to lose.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Not Here (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Nader Khaledian

She left the house in the morning after a altercation. Her husband could not find her through the day. Now it's the Night.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Bad Sheriff (Germany) by Ben Bernschneider

When an ex-police alumni turned vigilante killer – who goes by the name of 'Bad Sheriff' – walks into a bar to pick up his girl and leave town forever, he bumps into his old instructor – to soon find out that he is the man trying to hunt him down. A love letter to early 80s crime movies and a wake up call for German genre cinema. From a time when neon was a given, romance tasted like blood and ambivalent heros said little, but spoke through their guns.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Laughter Far Away (France) by Ewan Golder

Laughter Far Away is an immersive, hypnotic journey into the surreal drunken nether world of Colin, a young, emotionally scarred man seeking oblivion, at the edge of the world, the edge of life.

Narrative Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Fade (China) by Howie Lam

Set in a desolate New York City, a man faces the reality of his life and relationship when his daily routine is disrupted.

Documentary Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Lars - A film about solitude (Sweden) by Klas Martin Eriksson

Lars lives half the year alone in the Swedish arctic wilderness, and he wouldn't have it any other way. But peace and quiet comes at a cost.

Documentary Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

The Sad Monk (Germany) by Diana Frankovic

When we find ourselves in another emotional crisis, we begin to question our existence and the meaning of life. We want change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are the keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far eastern practices. Buddhism is the path to enlightenment. But is that really the case? Following this path to Nepal, we meet the young Tibetan buddhist monk Tenzin, a representative of a new generation, who is grappling with the questions of life and his religion. But instead of enlightenment, we find doubtful young monks who are asking the same kind of questions about their lives as we do about ours. His insights challenge a universal human foible: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealised environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal. The film reveals that happiness is not always that which we expect it to be, that searching for happiness might just be an irresponsible waste of our beautiful yet imperfect lives. Isn’t there a Sad Monk in all of us?

Documentary Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Mum, I dyed my hair (Switzerland) by Maximilian Preisig

The director is searching for his own rebellion. He wants to have an adventure, break out, go wild. But... how can he be a rebel if his parents were punks, heavily involved in the scene back then, creating havoc with their bands? When he and his parents go on a journey to Italy, he is looking for answers in his own family.

Documentary Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

A Million Waves (United Kingdom) by Daniel Ali
'A Million Waves' ia about Kadiatu Kamara, or KK, the only female surfer in Sierra Leone at just 19-years-old. When her father died two years ago, KK was left to face the Ebola epidemic alone, but she found escape, and hope, in the surfing community of Bureh Beach, a coastal village just south of the country’s capital of Freetown

Documentary Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Connective Patterns (Finland) by Sari Palmgren

Connective patterns shows a day in the lives of seven Asian and European dancer-choreographers. Shot on location in Greece, Finland, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Estonia, it sets individual choices against a wider perspective of the society at large.

Animated Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

body without organs (United States) by Mark Franz

"body without organs" is an experimental animation that explores the mystical singularity of the body in terms of its separate functioning parts. Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari use this term to refer to the "cosmic egg" of life.

Animated Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Porgandia (United Kingdom) by Risto Kütt

Film about a man and a woman in separate worlds. Both of their lives circle around carrots. Man harvests the carrots and woman cooks them. They want to get together but the man has to first collect 3 million carrots to leave his world. Their plan to get together gets crushed by an angry carrot eater. Who comes to destroy it all.

Animated Short Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Heavenkid (Taiwan) by Derrick, Yung-Te, Wu

ToTo by accident opened a device that transformed a chessboard into a Space Door. So, he and Ahya could become anything they wanted, going anywhere they wished. They fought with each other while playing out many different roles. This means they would be locked within, unable to escape. HeavenKid used his magic to awaken them teaching them the book Di-Zi-Gui. Finally, they having learnt their wrongs, corrected their ways, averting the crisis.

Underground Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Spit'nSplit (Belgium) by Jerome Vandewattyne

This film is about The Experimental Tropic Blues Band rock tours. The ones that stink of dirty basements, full of brain damaged freaks; the ones with endless road trips, clumsy friendships and the difficulties of living together. All of them sprinkled with the 'Baby Bamboo', that magical pipe which brings the promise of psychedelic journeys. Warning ! The movie is a mockumentary and must be seen until the end because it takes an unexpected direction…

Underground Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Who's Watching Oliver (United States) by Richie Moore

Who's watching Oliver tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in.

Experimental Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Parallel Lives (Germany) by Hase & Zinser

"Parallel Lives" represents a cycle in which three colors rotate around a protagonist while each of the colors stands for a different moment in time. In all of them the protagonist finds himself confronted by causalities of his actions as he lives entirely isolated from the outside world.

Experimental Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Endless (Austria) by Victor Neustetter

An experimental investigation and expression of our inevitable endless pursuit of space exploration. This is an experimental merging of sounds and imagery in the hope to investigate and reflect upon what humanity’s journey into space reveals within ourselves. It serves to take us on a visceral exploration of what it is like to deal with such an endeavour. The endeavour to look up and go forth. We are at a point where we have done so much; we have created and gone so far… only to realise that there is no end. Only to accept that we must, as lonely as it may seem, dare greatly and continue. The second we are launched into existence our day turns to night to reveal the vast expanse of the sky. Even just a section of our solar interstellar neighbourhood has so much to offer that we need to pool resources from a great multitude of minds globally. Bring them together, let them merge, overlap and play to dive deeper and deeper into their minds. Finally to create mechanisms that launch us violently and intensely further and further into this abyss above our heads. Here in the far recesses of the darkness lies the beauty of stars, of solar flares and raw power. Power that moves, burns and dances. Power that explodes, ripples and sings. Power that resides within ourselves. Each of us goes forth with this inner energy seeking to explore our own center sun of space… in the inevitable and endless pursuit to try make sense of it all.

Experimental Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

VOICE, a performance art movie (United States) by Sylvia Toy St. Louis

As bipolar Psyche Lyssa Echo Smith enters therapy so her estranged husband will come back home, her psychoses begin traveling in outer space.

Experimental Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

Tub (Germany) by Sylvia Toy St. Louis

Tub is an 8-minute experimental short film, written, directed and edited by Gloria Endres de Oliveira and starring Melissa-Kelly Franklin. It is based on & influenced by: Shakespeare’s Ophelia and her Pre-Raphaelite depictions; 19th century asylums for women & their treatment form for hysteria called Hydrotherapy; Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; found footage horror films; Jung’s and Freud’s models of dream interpretation; the footage of Laura Palmer & Donna at a picnic in Twin Peaks & the Japanese, Korean and American screen adaptations of Kōji Suzuki’s novel Ringu.

Experimental Film, Official selection, Spring 2017

It's not homosexual just the homophilic but also the one blinded by the lost phallus (Spain) by Equipo Palomar

It's not homosexual just the homophilic but also the one blinded by the lost phallus, takes it title from a previously unknown 1976 draft for a short film that directors of the film discovered in the archives of the spanish prolific writer, anthropologist and LGBT activist Alberto Cardín, who died of AIDS-related illness in Barcelona in 1992. The exuberant production of Cardín’s loose screenplay by Equipo Palomar is an erratic and erotic exploration of narcissism, blasphemy, miscegenation, transvestism, the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Schreber case.

Music Video, Official selection, Spring 2017

Floyd Shakim - Mermaids (France) by Daniel Howlid


Music Video, Official selection, Spring 2017

Fear Of Heights (Israel) by Benjamin Esterlis

A fantastic voyage to defy fears, gravity & death.

Music Video, Official selection, Spring 2017

Slooom & Dancinatra - CONTROL (United States) by Diego Lozano

Slooom evokes the dream state: musically atmospheric, conceptually abstract, and chaotic in effect.

Music Video, Official selection, Spring 2017

November Under Ashes (France) by Camille Laloux

ovember under ashes is a cri du coeur, a song, an hymn in which personal and national mournings are melted, a heartbeat of fear, of strength and an ode to life. Under the ashes of a dear person and of scores of innocent people killed in Paris attacks, on the 13th of November, a young woman retraces her subway route and thoughts details which leads her to see the death by singing the life.

Hong Kong Cinema Now, Official selection, Spring 2017

Life on the Line (Hong Kong) by Ashley Cheung

What happens when one that who cannot face death, encounters the person that cannot face life? Nim Cheung is a phone operator at Suicide Prevention Hotline. One day, a suicidal call appears and the caller is the person responsible for her deepest fear, what would be her choice facing such dilemma?

Hong Kong Cinema Now, Official selection, Spring 2017

Back hometown (Hong Kong) by li bin

A Chinese girl to work back to the village, and the story of the son of the village head.A desire and love, family and their own choice.

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