Watch 38 short films from around the region at this year’s Shorties International Film Festival

Photo: Shorties Film Festival
Photo: Shorties Film Festival

The annual Shorties International Film Festival is back with their third edition this November, and it’s gonna be a big ‘un. For the uninitiated, it’s a move by the Hive Worldwide to support emerging filmmakers from around the region. From November 10th to November 14th, film buffs can catch one of 38 shortlisted films, hand-picked by a panel of industry experts including Alison Thomas from Scene852 in Hong Kong, award-winning writer, director and producer Othello Khanh from Vietnam and Thailand’s own Oliver Wolfson from Channel Sixty. 

Open calls for short films were held from February to March, with over 220 submissions showcasing unique stories from across Asia Pacific. And now you can catch these selected short films from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Genres range from animation and comedy to documentaries, horror and beyond, so there’s something for everyone.

As you might’ve guessed, the festival will be held online for the first time this year. Selected movies will be screened on virtual screening platform Bingewave and a season pass ticket (for a full-week) goes for USD$10.

Just for Bangkok though, there will be an onsite screening on 13 November at the Hive Thonglor from 6pm-8pm.

Stick around until after the credits though, as there will be exclusive Q&As with the filmmakers at the end of every day from 10-14 November, capped off with an exciting virtual Awards Night on the final day. 

The categories and prizes are:

  • Best Documentary (500 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Best Fiction Film (500USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Best IG Micro Short Film [maximum 1 minute duration] (150 USD)
  • Best Film Directing (250 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Best Cinematography (250 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Best Screenplay (250 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Young Filmmaker (18 years or under in age) (250 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Best Environmental with Earth.Org (250 USD + 6-month Hive Membership)
  • Public Choice Award (6-month Hive Membership)

Head over to their website to buy a ticket or to view the full festival schedule.

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