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Our database just got bigger!

We present fourteen new Asian festivals that will be featured in our database.

New additions:
3 from Japan (1 web series, 1 animation, 1 documentary festival)
3 from United States (1 Asian American, 1 Vietnamese, and 1 Japanese festival)
2 from South Korea (1 kids, and 1 senior festival)
1 from Nepal
1 from Singapore (Kids festival)
1 from Hong Kong (Kids festival)
1 from Taiwan (Animation)
1 from Macao (Short Films)
1 from Thailand (Documentary)

Japan Web Fest
Type: Online Festival
Place: Japan
Date: February 20th – 21st, 2021
Screens: Web series
Theme: Web series
Website: https://japanwebfest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/japanwebfest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/japanwebfest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/japanwebfest

Japan Web Fest is an annual festival that focuses on web films. Our goal is to involve the creators and the audience interactively. Since web films are often produced by independent filmmakers, we are here to acknowledge the work of such talented creators and to celebrate their art. JWF is where creators get connected to one another from all around the world.

Nepal International Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: February 24th – 28th, 2021
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: General Festival
Website: https://niff.org.np
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/niffnp

NIFF is an initiative born out of a desire to conduct exchanges in film and culture between Nepal and the rest of the world, and to create a conscious, responsible and appreciative film culture and atmosphere in our country. The end goal for NIFF is to make Nepal a hub for global films and filmmaking, and to find a fertile field for Nepali films to spread globally.

Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) is one of Nepal’s premier annual film and cultural events. Started in 2018, NIFF was founded to celebrate various forms of storytelling and narratives from all over the world.

CAAM Fest – San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Type: Onsite and Online Festival
Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Date: May 13th – 23rd, 2021
Screens: Short & Feature films
Theme: Asian American / Asian
Website: https://caamfest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAAMFest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/caam
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caamedia

CAAMFest (presented by the Center for Asian American Media) is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films, presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco and Oakland. Since 1982, the annual festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

CAAMFest aspires to incite dialogue and community engagement, motivated by “the innovative ways Asian Americans are contributing to and shaping American identity and culture,” says Stephen Gong, Executive Director of CAAM. In doing so, CAAMFest also showcases music, food, and interactive workshops.

Big Eyes, Big Minds, Singapore International Children’s Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Singapore
Date: May 22nd – June 13th, 2021
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Children’s Festival
Website: http://www.bigeyesbigminds.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigeyesbigminds

Big Eyes, Big Minds – Singapore International Children’s Film Festival is the first and only film festival in Singapore dedicated to kids ages 2 to 18. The festival screens diverse and imaginative films from around the world to educate, enrich and inspire kids. Big Eyes, Big Minds also runs a sister film festival in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Date: July 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Children’s Festival
Website: http://movie-guro.or.kr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gukiff
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gukiff_official

Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival is Seoul’s largest kids film festival that is aiming to find children whom are ready to lead the film industry and offer diverse genre of cinema.

Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Hong Kong
Date: July 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Shorts & Feature Films
Theme: Children’s Festival
Website: http://www.kiff.asia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KIFF.asia
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hk.kiff

Founded in 2017, KIFF aims to bring meaningful films from around the world to children and teenagers in Hong Kong. We believe that films are a powerful medium to enrich cultural learning and inspire young minds. KIFF’s vision is not only to encourage children to watch film on big screens, but also to learn to appreciate films from different cultures, which in turn will ignite their imagination, nurture their creativity, and broaden their minds.

Viet Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival     
Place: Orange, California, United States
Date: October 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Vietnamese Films
Website: http://www.vietfilmfest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VietFilmFest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vietfilmfest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vietfilmfest

As the largest international Vietnamese film festival in the world, Viet Film Fest showcases the best creative work by and about Vietnamese people. Our award-winning films have been screened in numerous cities and countries. Viet Film Fest was created in 2003 by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) to celebrate the many stories about Vietnamese people. Now running successfully for over a decade, the festival has attracted thousands of national and international attention for its stunning showcase of shorts and features submitted from many corners of the world.

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date: October 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Japanese Films
Website: http://www.jffla.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jffla
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/japanfilmfestival.la_official

The Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles started out in 2003 as the Chanoma Film Festival. The festival has been a vanguard event dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of Japanese culture among American and Japanese audiences in Los Angeles.

This festival was originally created on the theme of “Chanoma”–the gathering place of a Japanese home–and showcased heartwarming films portraying the everyday life of a Japanese family. In 2008, in order to introduce Japanese film to a broader American audience and offer Japanese filmmakers inroads into the US market, the name of the festival was changed to “Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles”.

Seoul International Senior Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Date: October 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Senior’s Festival
Website: http://sisff.seoulnoin.or.kr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sisff.seoulnoin
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sisff_official

Seoul International Senior Film Festival helps to understand the complexity of the senior generation and introduces various aspects of senior and perspectives of young generation. SISFF sets a platform for presenting film works since 2008 with the idea that film is the most affective medium where the various voices of senior are transmitted. SISFF has programs that address familly issues and social problems related to the contemporary senior life.

Kuandu International Animation Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Taipei, Taiwan
Date: November 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Films
Theme: Animation Festival
Website: http://kdiaf.animation.tnua.edu.tw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KuanduInternationalAnimationFestival

The KuanDog Prize is held at the Kuandu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) to provide animators a platform to screen and promote their works. The Festival not only injects new energy into the animation industry, but it also promotes interactions between local and international participants. The KuanDog Prize encourages submissions from excellent animators and filmmakers. KDIAF also offers screening programs for outstanding animated films in different categories selected from all over the world.

New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Chitose, Japan
Date: November 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short Films
Theme: Animation Festival
Website: https://airport-anifes.jp/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AirportAnimationFestival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/airportanifes

The festival was launched in 2014 as the first festival ever held inside an airport’s terminal building. In 2019, the festival had 43,000 visitors from all over the world for four days and also received over 2,100 applications for the competitions, which is the highest number of submissions. It means the festival has been recognized internationally. Now the festival is one of the most prestigious animation festivals in Japan.

Macau International Short Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Macau, Macao
Date: December 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short Films
Theme: –
Website: http://www.soundandimagechallenge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soundandimagechallenge
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SICMacao
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/macauintshortfilmfest

Macau International Short Film Festival, previously known as Sound & Image Challenge International Festival, is an annual worldwide audio-visual festival which aims to motivate overseas and Macau short film productions to compete in this festival.

Bangkok International Documentary Film Festival
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: December 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short & Feature Documentaries
Theme: Documentary Festival
Website: http://www.bkkdoc.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/bangkokdoc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bkkdoc
Instagram: http://instagram.com/bkkdocfest

Bangkok International Documentary Awards (BKK DOC) is the documentary international award competition and film festival based in Bangkok, Thailand. BKK DOC was founded by Stephane Lambert, filmmaker, a long time resident of Bangkok, and co-founder and organizer of “Asian Side of the Doc Bangkok 2016” the first ever documentary film market in Thailand.

Stephane established BKK DOC to promote documentaries and its talents in and around South East Asia, starting with Thailand. BKK DOC aims at bringing documentaries from all over the world to Thailand, and South East Asian documentaries to the attention of professionals from other parts of the world.

Visual Documentary Project
Type: Onsite Festival
Place: Kyoto, Japan
Date: December 2021 (Tentative)
Screens: Short Documentaries
Theme: Documentaries Festival
Website: https://vdp.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Visual-Documentary-Project-1497115700502040

The “Visual Documentary project” was started in 2012 by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. The project aims to promote documentary filmmaking in Southeast Asia to complement the growing literature that exists on the region. From 2014, the Japan Foundation Asia Center (JFAC) is a co-organizer and helps widely promote the richness of Southeast Asian cultures to people in Japan. The project has linked up with numerous film schools in Southeast Asia to help strengthen the documentary filmmaking networks in the region. To date the project has received close to 960 documentaries over an eight year period.

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