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Categories and awards
JIFF is pleased to announce the 2018 categories accepting submissions. Selected videos will receive certificates engraved “Joy International Film Festival.” Other prizes will be made available to filmmakers who attend the festival. Winners will be announced at the festival on November 3, 2018.

All films submitted should focus on positive themes to be eligible for consideration. As this will be a community event for all to attend, we will not consider films with excessive violence, sex, or adult themes.




Best Dramatic Film
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Filmmaker Award
Audience Award

We are accepting only short films this year. All films submitted must be no longer than 20 minutes to be eligible for consideration.
Rules and terms
We do not accept any films made before 2015.

Non-Chinese/Taiwanese language films should have English subtitles if the dialogue is not in English. Chinese/Taiwanese films should have both Chinese and English subtitles.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us. By submitting your film to JIFF, you warrant that you are authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations.

One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee. For payment structures, visit the FilmFreeway website. All fees are non-refundable.

JIFF is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films.

Films do not have to be screened publicly to be eligible for our festival, prizes, or awards.

JIFF is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. Not all submissions received are selected for JIFF.

All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination at one or more competitive categories.

JIFF reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed to be inappropriate.

By submitting your film, you agree that JIFF can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes, e.g. broadcasting clips of the selected films on television, the internet or other media (segments totaling three minutes or less). It also reserves the right for the use of stills in the festival program, catalogue, website, and other publicity materials.

All submission applications, disposable media and press kits submitted become property of JIFF and will not be returned.

Festival times may be subject to delay or change.
Submit a film
Joy International Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

We are accepting submissions starting January 19, 2018.

Early Bird submission deadline is May 14, 2018.

Click here to see the JIFF listing on Film Freeway for a complete list of dates, deadlines and fees.