KAFFNY INFINITE CINEMA - Call for Entries 2018

Who should submit?

KAFFNY invites filmmakers and artists of all backgrounds, from any country. Given our history, Korean, Korean-American and Korean – diaspora filmmakers are especially encouraged to share their works, but that is by no means required. Films from years 2017 and 2018 preferred.

What themes/topics/films are appropriate?

Any films, shorts, or documentaries which reflect the commonalities of humanity across cultural divides, highlight multi-cultural interaction, challenge existing narratives, or provide mirrors for people to reflect on their own culture through the experience of another.

2018 Theme: Conversations to Form The Future

Films which address topical themes of 2018 will be given additional consideration, including:

  • North Korea

  • #Metoo and themes of “Future is Female”

  • Sustainability

Where is the festival being held?

Wythe Hotel Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

When is the festival being held?

October 27, 2018  

Why do we host this festival?

The past eleven years of experience in telling Korean American stories helped KAFFNY to identify and find commonality with other stories at the intersection of all cultures. We are ready to evolve, with a new mission to identify unifying commonalities and bust cultural stereotypes by connecting voices through our shared experiences.

KAFFNY Infinite Cinema's mission is to allow the audience to connect stories that are often missing from the mainstream narrative, allow the audience to engage in dialogue with the content makers to fuse a new understanding of our world, and hopefully inspire our audience to repeat this process by seeking out new ways to connect to a culture outside their own. Which is KAFFNY's motto: CONNECT. FUSE. REPEAT.


Submit now - Festhome deadline extended to July 20, 2018


We are now accepting submissions for our 12th Annual film festival, taking place in Brooklyn, New York in October 2018.

Our programming will fall into two main sections: INFINITE CINEMA and KOREAN DIASPORA. Our staff shall determine which sections are most appropriate for selected films. Films from either section are eligible to compete for Most Infinite Feature and Most Infinite Short (inclusive of narrative and documentary forms).

In furthering its expansion into "third culture" territory at the 11th Annual in 2017, KAFFNY is taking the cultural application of its mission into infinity. There is no other concept that is more boundless to the imagination of potential global culture. Films will be selected on the basis of the degree to which they expand our imaginations of culture, globally. Films do not need to explicitly or very obviously portray this. In fact, we think global culture is probably best expressed through an individual's story. To get an idea of what we mean, you can see our past programming on our site.

KAFFNY invites filmmakers of all backgrounds to submit for consideration films that are relevant to the Korean American community, the Korean diaspora, Korean-identified persons, or as our name implies, New York. KAFFNY also considers works outside the Korean nexus featuring at least one key creative member of Korean heritage, regardless of the subject matter. 

Submissions are being accepted in the following categories:

Narrative or documentary, for films longer than 50 minutes, completed any year. Films completed January 1, 2017 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).

All genres, for films shorter than 50 minutes, completed any year. Short films completed January 1, 2017 or later are eligible for competition (if any, at KAFFNY discretion).


KAFFNY defines a short film as any film with a running time less than 50 minutes.

KAFFNY defines a feature film as any film with a running time greater then 50 minutes.

Non-narrative and experimental films of any length may be submitted to Shorts.

"Alumni" entries are ONLY for prior filmmakers presented at KAFFNY. Any work submitted without this qualification may or may not be reviewed, without refund. If film is selected, the difference in entry fee MUST be made up by the submitting filmmaker.

KAFFNY prefers at least New York City premieres (first time screening theatrically to the public), but will make exceptions if it determines an audience still exists for additional local screenings. Films having received any theatrical or home-video distribution of any kind beyond festival screenings or that have been broadcast on television or the Internet may similarly be considered.

Films that have only had private, unpublicized screenings do not count against KAFFNY's premiere preference.

Films that have been previously submitted to KAFFNY are ineligible.

The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film. Films including unauthorized copyrighted material are ineligible.

Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the film.

*** The final screening copy of your accepted film must be received by KAFFNY no later than August 31, 2018. If screening copy is not received by then, KAFFNY retains the right to disqualify the film, without refund of the submission fee.



Multiple versions of the same film will not be considered.

If the submitted material does not play, KAFFNY will make an attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to obtain a replacement. If a replacement is not available, KAFFNY reserves the right to disqualify the film without refunding the submission fees.

KAFFNY will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated deadline without refund of the submission fee.

KAFFNY reserves the right to excerpt portions and scenes of your film at no fee, up to 1 minute, for use in promotional materials.

There is no guaranteed travel stipend or reimbursement for filmmakers.