Asia-Europe Short Film Contest

Deadline: 4 April 2012
Open to: citizens of any of the 46 ASEM countries
Prize:  paid trips to Singapore, three nights accommodation for the five winners to receive their award, and to attend a workshop at the Film School in Singapore; first prize also consists of  SGD 5000


The Asia Europe Foundation invites you to give your view of Asia and Europe’s connections of the future, the diversity of the now and the interesting challenges of a small world with big populations. Imagine the connection between Asia and Europe. What does it mean for you? How do you see the two regions relate to each other?

Express your views in a short, up to 3 minute film of any type (animation, documentary, fiction, mobile phone video) be it related to cultures, arts, environment, education, economy or individual relationships, and take part in the first Asia-Europe Short Film Contest.


The contest is open to anyone between the age of 18 and 35, who is a national of one of the 46 ASEM countries.

This contest will not be effective in those areas where it is prohibited by law. As the organizer, ASEF reserves the right to verify the eligibility of the participant and to resolve any discrepancy that may arise.


Participants can upload their short films by registering on the website after having agreed with the terms and conditions.

Short films should be uploaded by 9 April 2012, 23.59 (SGT)

By participating in this contest, participants authorize Asia-Europe Foundation to use and disseminate the submitted short films for any ASEF-related purpose at any time. ASEF on the other hand, will make sure that the name of the participant responsible for that particular short film will be featured whenever the short films or clips from the short films are shown or used. The winners of the competition will transfer copyrights and exploitation rights to Asia-Europe Foundation, in the framework of any ASEF project.

Should the winners not consent to these conditions, Asia-Europe Foundation reserves the right to choose an alternative winner. The winners will have to consent to allow the organizers (ASEF) the right to use their name and short film for outreach, awareness raising and communications purposes for the organisation (Asia-Europe Foundation), without any additional compensation, except where there is a legal prohibition. Participating in the competition implies consent on behalf of the creator to ASEF’s claim to copyright, distribution, and exploitation rights.


A jury panel will shortlist the finalists, after which a high profile team of judges consisting of one European and one Asian renowned filmmaker, will determine the final winners – four winners in total. An additional winning film will be chosen by the public via online voting.

There will be two rounds: the first – voting for the short films on the contest website and the second – voting on the ASEF Facebook page for the 10 finalists. The winners will be personally contacted in the second half of April 2012.

The 5 winners (one single director or film initiator per short film) will each receive a paid trip to Singapore, including three nights in a hotel, to receive their award, and to attend a two-day filmmaking workshop at the world-famous Film School in Singapore. The winner who is awarded first place in the contest will also receive a monetary prize of SGD 5000/-. All submitted short films will be screened to the international public in Asia and Europe at relevant ASEF events. ASEF can assist the winners in arranging for the necessary visas and other travel documents they need to travel to Singapore to receive their prizes and awards.

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