Arthouse Asia

Arthouse Asia is an annual breeding space of independent filmmakers. Over the years independent filmmaking has changed a lot, Asian independent filmmaking market is increasing steadily. The Past has taught us "United we stand, divide we fall".
Arthouse Asia is an effort to unite worldwide independent filmmakers in a single platform. We know the path is not an easy way but we believe independent filmmaking is the true way of practicing art through filmmaking medium. The studio system is a money generating system, it does not allow experimentation as it always tends to follow the already established monetary model.
So we believe independent filmmaking is the future of filmmaking.

After the very successful 2017 and 2018 edition, we are back with our 2019 edition.
This Time it will be bigger and better.
This year we are looking for fictions, documentary, animation, VR films, video arts, short films and full-length films. Every selected submission will be eligible for "Golden Wood Award" which will be presented at the conclusion of the festival.

The event will be happening at the "Niranjan Sadan". The home of arthouse films.
The filmmakers and cinephiles will experience eventful two days in the mid-May. There will be coffee table discussions, Meet the media sessions and post-screening discussion sessions along with dinner parties.
Awards & Prizes
Best fiction feature

Best fiction short

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short

Best animation

Best VR

Best Video Art international

Rules & Terms


Short documentaries and fictions are preferably under 30 min long but not longer than 45 min.

Feature films are 60 min and up.

International films are very welcome to compete in the Best Features and Best Short category.


ArtHouse Asia does not demand an international or national premiere requirement.

We accept any films completed after 1st January 2016.

Please submit subtitles on all work except English spoken films.



All films are viewed by the festival programmers and/or the jury. Each film is viewed a minimum of two times, rated, and will move on to the next stage based off of those ratings. Our programmers and jury will make final decisions and notify filmmakers accordingly.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.


All films will screen at the festival in BLU-Ray or DVD or High Quality .MP4 at the Doab. We will nominate according to categories listed above and select the winning film in each category in the official selection. Winner is entitled to use to laurels on poster and all marketing material.
For officially selected films, only transport costs between screening locations during the Festival are covered by the Arthouse Asia. This does not include screenings organized by the producer or rights owner of a film. In a case of loss or damage to a print, the ArtHouse Asia will not reimburse any amount.

-ArtHouse Asia reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
- Films selected may not be withdrawn from the festival program after its registration.
- All submission fees are non-refundable. We will not return your screening and exhibition copies.
- The festival Directorate may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
- Not all winning films will be screened. The festival has the right to screen and not to screen the winning films.
- Only producers, directors, and main actors/actress can receive the physical awards at the award ceremony. Regardless of their winning status, winning filmmakers who can't attend the Awards Ceremony, will only receive laurels. We reserve the right to decide which nominated films that will be a part of the screening of 2018 based on the quality of their showcase Blu-Ray or DVD or HIGH QUALITY .MP4 as well as program schedule. Winners will be announced online and in press. The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kind of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.

The festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the festival if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

The duration of this agreement shall commence as of the date of submission by Owner and terminate at the close of the current year's festival.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair