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2017 Asiana International Short Film Festival Accepting Entries

Festival to offer over $40,000 USD in cash prizes.

The Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF) is accepting entries for its 2017 edition.  Sponsored by Asiana Airlines, and now in its 15th year, the AISFF has grown to become one of the world’s most important showcases for short films.

For the 2016 AISFF, the festival selected 46 short films for the international competition after receiving 5,327 submissions from 121 countries. Another 11 short films were chosen for the Korean competition from the 904 domestic submissions the festival received.

Last year’s International Grand Prize winner was Seide by Elnura Osmonalieva of Kyrgzstan. The 13-minute short film portrayed the harrowing moment the life of young Seide billows over when her family decides it’s time for her to get married to someone she doesn’t love. Meanwhile for the Korean Grand Prize winner the short film, Fly To The Sky, by Yo Ok-seop and Koo Kyo-hwan, beat all other entries from the region.

To be eligible for this year’s festival a film should have been completed after June 2016 and be a maximum of 30 minutes in length.  The festival is also only accepting films that would have a “Korean premiere”, or in other words, films that have not previously screened in Korea.

Deadline for submissions is July 31st with the festival being scheduled to take place in Seoul later this year from November 2nd to November 7th.

Films can be submitted through,, or directly to AISFF by downloading material from the festival’s website and sending them to ( via e-mail.

AISFF offers a grand prize of $15,000 USD and two international round trip air tickets.  Other prizes range from $5,000 USD to $1,000 USD.  Additionally, films will also get the chance to be shown to thousands of international travelers on Asiana flights as part of the airline’s inflight entertainment offering.

For more information, visit the festival’s official website:

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Chris Weatherspoon is an American film producer based in South Korea. Over the past 7 years Chris has been able to gain a wealth of experiences in the Korean feature film, television, and animation industries. Chris currently lives in Seoul where he is pursuing his MFA in Film at Chung-Ang University.

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