Festivals of the Month – October 2019

octoberfestivals2019We present a list of the best festivals that will take place this October 2019.



13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights
Dates: October 2nd – 6th, 2019
Place: Seoul, South Korea

Film Festival for Women’s Rights (FIWOM), sponsored by Korea Women’s Hot Line, started in 2006 to show the reality and gravity of violence against women happening everyday and to spread support for the survival and healing of the victims. About 3,000 people attend the festival annually. The festival is comprised of a total of six sections: three fixed sections, two sections containing the theme of the year, and a competitive section consisting of domestic films.

FIWOM takes great interest in spreading movies about violence against women (including domestic violence and sexual violence), social structural problems that allow violence, and stories about brave women searching for their lives and human rights. In addition to covering sexual minorities, masculinity, aging, immigration, disability and overall human rights, we show movies dealing with violence against women from a multi-layered point of view. Moreover, we hold “Fiwom Talk! Talk!”, which was programmed to share our thoughts about the film with our audience. Through this program, KWHL invites survivors, experts and the programmer as guests after the screening.

Opening Film – Roll Red Roll by Nancy Schwartzman (See Article)





10th Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
Dates: October 4th – 8th, 2019
Place: Taipei, Taiwan

Founded in 2001, the biennial festival is Asia’s oldest and longest running international ethnographic film festival. For 18 years TIEFF has served to promote outstanding documentary films from around the world that are innovative, educational, and entertaining. These films, directed by both new and established filmmakers alike, all share a commitment to portraying stories and social practices from around the world in a culturally sensitive way.





24th Busan International Film Festival
Dates: October 3rd – 12th, 2019
Place: Busan, South Korea

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held annually in Haeundaegu, Busan (Korea) is one of the most important film festivals in Asia, together with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival. Since the first edition in 1996, the festival aim to introduce new films and first-time directors to the world. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.

40 Films you cannot miss – Part 1 (See Article)
40 Films you cannot miss – Part 2 (See Article)
40 Films you cannot miss – Part 3 (See Article)
40 Films you cannot miss – Part 4 (See Article)
10 Documentaries you cannot miss (See Article)
Kore-eda Hirokazu will receive the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award (See Article)
Opening Film – The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov & Lisa Takeba (See Article)
Jury Members announced (See Article)
Bae Jong-ok and Jung Jae-young will serve as Jury Members (See Article)




Women Make Waves Film Festival
Dates: October 5th – 14th, 2019
Place: Taipei, Taiwan

Founded in 1993, Women Make Waves Film Festival has emerged as one of the major film festivals in Taiwan, and has established itself as the biggest one dedicated to the promotion of female talents. By covering a wide range of genres, issues, and representations of women, WMWFF seeks to promote great cinematic art by female directors, and to advocate gender equality through films with a feminist consciousness from a variety of subjects. WMWFF also creates platforms for international exchanges and links in the feminist and female film industry. Having screened almost a thousand foreign productions, it provides Taiwanese audiences with novel perspectives from abroad alongside unique domestic productions. Since 2001, the festival has expanded outside of Taipei and has been touring Taiwan in an effort to enable broader audiences to enjoy its programs, screening films all over the country.

The festival is organized by non-profit organization Taiwan Women’s Film Association (formerly known as Taipei Women’s Film Association). Beyond WMWFF, the Association’s activities also include publishing print products and DVDs, distributing education materials and organizing workshops related to film studies and feminism. Through this range of activities, Taiwan Women’s Film Association hopes to make a contribution to the studies and discourses of film, female filmmaking and gender issues in Taiwan.




Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Dates: October 10th – 17th, 2019
Place: Yamagata, Japan

About the festival:
“Located in a verdant, rolling valley far north of Tokyo, Yamagata City is the site for Asia’s first international documentary film festival. The first Film Festival (in 1989) was an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yamagata City, the sponsor of the festival at the time, and has been held biennially ever since in Yamagata’s best season, October.

Until recently, the week-long YIDFF was one of the few film festivals in Asia devoted exclusively to the documentary form. Its scope, however, reaches beyond simply screening recent, ground-breaking work in the International Competition. New Asian Currents, the competition program introducing emerging filmmakers from across Asia, has over the years become one of the Festival’s vibrant centers of attention as a meeting place of raw youthful energy. By featuring special events and programs shedding light on the history and diversity of filmmaking, the YIDFF is working hard to create a new forum for the production of alternative, independent, non-fiction film and the discussion of documentary as a form of expression.” – YIDFF Website

International Competition announced (See Article)




Kaohsiung Film Festival
Dates: October 10th – 27th, 2019
Place: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The Kaohsiung Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Established in 2001, the festival screens both locally produced and international films, in all genres and lengths. The festival also has an international competition section where it hands out awards for outstanding short films.




QCinema International Film Festival
Dates: October 13th – 22nd, 2019
Place: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

About the festival:
The QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) is an annual festival designed to serve as the lens through which the general public will get to appreciate the active role of Quezon City in Philippine filmmaking from its pioneering years in the 50’s down to the present and on to the future. It features a broad spectrum of local and international films of all genres, through its various sections, both competition and non-competition. It is highlighted by films that receive substantial grants from the Quezon City Film Development Foundation (QCFDC).

2019 Lineup (See Article)




Binisaya Film Festival
Dates: October 16th – 18th, 2019
Place: Cebu, Philippines

Founded by local filmmakers and established in 2009, the Binisaya Film Festival aims to develop a uniquely Cebuano sensibility by providing a venue to showcase Bisaya films and Global Cinema unfettered by commercial constraints. BINISAYA has also maintained its status over the years as a hotbed for discussion over the direction of Cebuano films and its place in the world by inviting industry luminaries such as RA Rivera, John Torres, Richard Bolisay, Jade Castro, Teddy Co and Ramon Bautista to name a few. BINISAYA has also showcased works from neighboring Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Afghanistan through the Asian shorts competition. The festival itself has travelled through pop-up screenings all over the country—schools, cinematheques, posh coffee shops, barangay basketball courts, under bridge communities, etc.




14th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market
Dates: October 16th – 20th, 2019
Place: Sapporo, Japan

The Sapporo International Short Film Festival continues to attract between 2800 and 3500 entries per year across all genres cementing its reputation as one of Japan and Asia`s largest and most respected showcases of short form cinema. The festival offers one of the best opportunities available for filmmakers looking to expose their creative works to large audiences and to submit for appraisal by high profile international jury members in the heart of the burgeoning Asian transnational film scene.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival has received more than 35,000 entries from 141 countries and boasts an average annual festival audience of more than 10,000 film enthusiasts. The high volume of entries each year allows for the curation of an extensive and diverse array of programs of both Japanese and International films of the highest quality in various competitive categories. Selected films are professionally showcased, subtitled in Japanese, and screened in state of the art cinema surrounds.

The Japanese and International programs in competition are complimented by specially curated programs by festival and industry partners from around the world, an extensive selection of off- theatre Japanese shorts programs, along with numerous industry workshops and seminars. A total of around 150-200 films are screened each year in competition and in one-off boutique programs.

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21st Mumbai Film Festival
Dates: October 17th – 24th, 2019
Place: Mumbai, India




21st Bucheon International Animation Festival
Dates: October 18th – 22n, 2019
Place: Bucheon, South Korea

In 1999, the Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival (BIAF) embarked on its journey as the sole animation festival in Asia. BIAF has moved to general competition festival which has competitions of 5 categories (Feature / Short / Graduation / TV&Commissioned / Online). The festival is an Academy Award Qualifying Festival meaning that the Grand Prize winner will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film Category of the Academy Award.





12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Dates: October 21st – 27th, 2019
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environmentally themed films and programs. Since 2008, KLEFF’s mission is to accelerate mainstreaming of sustainable living and stewardship of the environment through the power of audio-visual materials and activities.




Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival Davao
Dates: October 25th – 31st, 2019
Place: Davao City, Philippines

Ngilngig Asian Film Festival Davao, the only fantastic film festival in Southeast Asia, it is an annual gathering of films and filmmakers organized by filmmakers for filmmakers, who understand the struggles of filmmaking, who recognize the importance of film as a voice to be heard or an experience to be shared, and who celebrate a convening community of artists and not just a glamour portrayed in festivals.

“Ngilngig”, or its derivative “ngiga” (from ngilngiga), has been more commonly used by the Bisaya-speaking population to refer to something that is “kuyaw” (awesome). But the word originally refers to something that elicits horror or alluding to the macabre. Here are some words that might define the “ngilngig” factor in you: Gruesome, awesome, dreary, dreamy, dread, eerie, scary, ghosts, fantastic, bombastic, grim, goosebumps, gore, horror, terror, amazing, fear, weird, smelly, spirits, legend, myth, punk, metal, experimental, fairies, memories, visceral, mind-fuck, macabre, town tale, superstition.




11th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Dates: October 26th – November 4th, 2019
Place: Kyoto, Japan




32nd Tokyo International Film Festival
Dates: October 28th – November 5th, 2019
Place: Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). TIFF started in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival. Since then, it has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. TIFF seeks out excellent films from around the world and brings them to Tokyo, where filmmakers and film fans can enjoy them, meet emerging filmmakers, and be inspired.

Zhang Ziyi appointed Jury President of the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (See Article)




17th Asiana International Short Film Festival
Dates: October 31st – November 5th, 2019
Place: Seoul, South Korea

Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF) is the first international competition short festival in Korea. AISFF will be the best place to see the newest trend of world cinema though eyes of short films, the future of cinema and the cinematic variety and cultural diversity. AISFF is looking forward to seeing your great work of art as well as your passion for short films.

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