We’re currently on the lookout for features and shorts to showcase at next summer’s event. What exactly are we looking for? While predominantly an independent film festival, Asia Independent has always embraced films whose sheer individuality puts them in a genre of their own. If you’re not sure whether your film is right for us, consider that we are eager to showcase everything from captivating dramas, eccentric comedies, provocative documentaries, mind-blowing experimental works, musicals, even atypical children’s films. In other words, set our minds’ eyes on fire and we’ll do everything possible to get your film seen. Feel free to get in touch with us for a better understanding of our programming tastes.

Any work produced in the past 18 months is eligible for both our official jury competition and our Public’s Prize.

Our entry fees are low – and we encourage filmmakers and companies of all backgrounds, interests and obsessions to submit their work.


Please fill out the online entry form and send a private viewing link through filmfreeway along with the appropriate entry fee. The screener(s) and other promotional materials will not be sent back. We will consider all films received by, May 5th, 2018 PST. After the selection process, not only the creators of the selected films will be contacted by us but also all the other submitters will get a personalized email by our festival director.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted online via Withoutabox.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted ONLY via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
– There is no premiere policy for any film and music videos.
– Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.

4. Premiere Status
– There is no Premiere policy for any films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Submission Fee
All submissions for Asia Independent are to be paid through Withoutabox. The submission fee is not refundable once judged.

6. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DVDs and additional materials sent to and returned from Asia Independent Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Asia Independent will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Asia Independent Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in India customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Asia Independent will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.

Submission packages from outside the India must be labeled ‘Non Commercial Use Cultural Purpose’ on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
– Quality of narrative and production values
– Independent nature of the production

8. Notification
Asia Independent endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 30 April 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive an online Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a DVD or Blu-Ray in order to be screened at the Asia Independent Film Festival, as well as a back-up MP4 or MOV file. The film title MUST be clearly labeled on the DVD or Blu-ray.

DVD will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.

A selected DVD or Blu-Ray must be received at Asia Independent no later than 30 days prior to its scheduled screening date.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Asia Independent. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Asia Independent authority reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.