Asian Film Festival. Barcelona


15 Mar 2018
Call for entries

30 Aug 2018
Festival closed

02 Oct 2018
Notification date

01 Nov 2018
11 Nov 2018


CASA ASIA, Pabellón de Sant Manuel - Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, C/Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 ,  08025, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Festival description
Asian films
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 Continental Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2015
 Production countries: Required
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
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Festival start: 01 November 2018      Festival end: 11 November 2018

Specializing in Asian films, Asian Film Festival. Barcelona is the gateway to Asian cinema in Spain. Asian Film Festival. Barcelona aims to bring the high quality narrative art of the Asian continent to the Spanish public, making it a place of gathering and dialogue of multiple cultures.

The Asian Film Festival. Barcelona (AFFB) took over in 2010 as Asian Film Festival of Barcelona (BAFF), which was closed in its twelfth edition despite the public requests and expectations to maintain the continuity of this event. Since then, the AFFB has proposed to provide the best recently produced Asian films and prominent Spanish productions related to Asia. As a specialist in Asian cinema festival, it aims to become one of the best events in this field of the world in Europe and the meeting point of other festivals that have a clear Asian mark. In the 2011 and 2015 editions of the Casa Asia Film Week (CAFW) it has received support from the audience and the collaboration of numerous agencies and institutions. The festival held in 2016 was named Casa Asia Film Festival and since 2017 it is called Asian Film Festival. Barcelona.

-Best Film Award
-Best Director Award
-Best Screenplay Award
-Audience Award
-Other awards and special mentions might occasionally be given by the juries in some cases, except from the NETPAC Jury Award.

The regulation establishes bases for the proper development and continuity of the festival, the criteria for selecting films and their classification of sections and indications about jury and awards.

The selection of films will be based on the decisions taken by a committee which consists of the director of the Festival, the director and programmer of Cinemes Girona, the coordinator of the Department of Culture and Exhibitions of Casa Asia, a critic of accredited films and a director of Asian films.

The AFFB is an annual event that aims to highlight the importance of the Asian film industries in the international overview of this sector. For more than a decade, Asian films plays an important role not only in festivals in Hong Kong and Busan (Korea), but also in festivals in Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, Venice, Udine, Toronto, San Sebastian and Gijon. Casa Asia exhibits Asian films along the year through numerous cycles and exhibitions. The AFFB is unique in its field for devoting entirely to the Asian cinema and / or to the European co-productions with Asia.

The Festival is organised in 6 sections: Official Section -in which participate Asian films of recent production-, Panorama Section, which includes a selection of the best Asian productions of the last two years; Netpac Section -to contest-; Discoveries Section, Special Section for films that are unmarked in sections above, but may be relevant to expand the spectator’s view relating to the production of Asian cinema and “Retrospective” Section -dedicated to a director or a filmography of the film history on this continent.

Festival geography reaches from Central Asia to East Asia, including the former Soviet republics, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. When it comes to co-productions, this space is extended until Europe, USA and Latin America, provided that any of the countries belong to one of the Asian geographical areas are involved in the co-production of the presented film.

The Festival will be counting on a jury for the Official Section which consists of five members who are professionally linked to the cinematographic sector -directors, critics and journalists. The jury also includes a youth jury which consists of five independent students from different national film schools.

The prizes in the AFFB are the Jury Prize in the Official Section for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay; Young Jury Prize in the Official Section for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay; and the Audience Award. These awards may be extended if some companies or collaborating institutions think it´s appropriate. Honorary awards will not be available on the budget until it receives a financial compensation, as it is the will and intention of Casa Asia.

As organizer of the Festival, Casa Asia reserves the right to establish cooperation agreements with organizations that can contribute to the realization of this event. Also, Casa Asia carries out the obligation to disseminate the existence of the Festival as far as possible and to promote not only Asian cinema in our country but also the dialogue between our film industries and other film industries whose origin is located in the Asian continent

Animation, documentary, feature and experimental cinema are supported (exceptionally short films are accepted). The reception of films will take place between January and October.



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