CINEBALU – Call for submissions

Movies by ASEAN, Korean & Taiwanese Filmmakers

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – this is out of competition

Focus for 2017: EAST MEETS EAST

Screenings: 7-14 July 2017
Time: 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Venue: MBO Imago Mall
Entrance: RM10

* Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidlines

  1. Submissions can be made by citizens and residents of ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), Korea and Taiwan
  2. There are no submission charges
  3. All genres are eligible for submission
  4. Screeners/preview copies for both shorts and feature-length films can be submitted
  5. Multiple submissions are welcome
  6. The film can be in any language – but English subtitles are required if it is not in English
  7. Submissions must have been completed on or after 17 July 2015
  8. Copyright for all music and videos used must be owned by the filmmaker. By submitting your film to the KKIFF 2017, you agree that the KKIFF 2017 will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your film.
  9. Submissions must be received on or before: 10 March 2017
  10. Festival screening format at MBO Imago Mall is DCP or Blu-ray or DVD

If you have any questions, contact: Jude – 014 3514298 or Hazli – 016 5522435 or email us:

Make Submissions

To Submit Your Film

Please follow these two steps:

1) Upload your screener/preview copy or your short film (highest resolution possible) with a link to a private YouTube video or a link and password to a private Vimeo video


Send your pendrive or dvd in PAL to:
Jude Day
KKIFF 2016 – Cinebalu
Lot 214 Jalan Wijaya
Taman Wijaya Park
88450 Kota Kinabalu

2) Fill in the KKIFF 2017 Cinebalu Submission Form at – with the link to your YouTube / Vimeo upload if that is how you are making your submission

Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017

Curating Cinebalu

Curating the Programme & Screenings

  1. Curating Cinebalu will take place in April, 2017 and those whose films are selected for screening will be informed on the KKIFF website and by email as soon as possible after this.
  2. Screening of the Cinebalu programme:Date: 7-14 July 2017
    Time: 4.00pm and 8.00pm
    Venue: MBO Imago Mall
    Entrance: RM10

Contributions towards an airfare, plus one night’s accommodation in a hotel will be provided for 7 filmmakers whose films are selected for screening at the KKIFF 2017. This is so that the filmmakers can be available for Q&A at one of the screenings of their movie.


  1. Submissions must not have been made public on the web, mobile phones, other public vewing platforms or on television prior to this festival
  2. Dvds / pendrives will not be returned. Postage, insurance and any other costs incurred are the responsibility of the filmmaker submitting the dvd / pendrive. The KKIFF is not responsible for any dvds / pendrives or other materials that go missing.