Call for Submissions



20th Annual Edition: NOVEMBER 2016

EARLY DEADLINE (No Submission Fee): April 17, 2016
REGULAR DEADLINE ($15* short films | $25* feature films): June 19, 2016
FINAL DEADLINE ($30* short films | $45* feature films): July 3, 2016

*All fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Reel Asian is Canada’s largest and longest-running showcase dedicated to contemporary Asian cinema and media arts from Asia, North America and all over the world. Annually, the festival attracts thousands of attendees to screenings, industry events and galas. We invite you to submit new independent films and videos of all genres by and/or about East, South and Southeast Asians.


We welcome new film and video submissions by and/or about East, South, and Southeast Asians from around the world, including North America.


We encourage submissions that are independently produced with an East/South/Southeast Asian/Asian North American and Asian diaspora artist in a key creative role (behind the camera and/or on screen). We welcome films and videos of all genres, including but not limited to: narrative, documentary, short, animation, experimental, etc.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2) SUPPORT MATERIALS (in addition to printed and signed application form)

Secure online screener links are the preferable previewing method. A DVD preview copy (NTSC, Region 0 or 1) is also acceptable, and must be received post-marked by the deadline (July 3, 2016) to be considered for the 2016 festival.

(If submitting an online screener, please be prepared to send a DVD preview copy upon request.)

Do not send masters or irreplaceable material. Submitted DVDs must be able to play on standalone DVD players. Please label in ink each item clearly with title, director’s name, running time, year, and contact information. Previews WILL NOT be returned. Do not send unnecessary printed material.


Send all submissions to:

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 309. Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada

For international packages: The customs declaration should clearly state the preview video has no commercial value, is for temporary consideration and for cultural use only. Reel Asian will not cover the resulting customs and duties charges, and will refuse the package. Do not send entries in a fibre-filled envelope.


Selected applicants must provide a DCP format of their film or video work. In some cases (especially short films), filmmakers may be required to provide a high quality Pro Res file for exhibition. Please contact the festival directly if you have other formats for consideration, such as HDCam. We do not accept DVD as an exhibition format.

Reel Asian is not responsible for transfer costs for the appropriate exhibition format.

The participant agrees to pay print shipping costs to the festival. The festival will pay the return shipping cost (one way). Shipping information (such as where/when the tape/print is coming and going to) must be settled upon confirmation of participation. The exhibition tape/print must arrive at the festival one month prior to the festival.


Reel Asian is committed to paying artist fees to directors in selection and follows standard rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance ( Artist fees will be paid post-festival.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® proudly accepts entries exclusively via, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.