Catholic Film Festival 2020 (hereafter referred to as “The Festival”) is organized by the Korea Catholic Cineaste Association, a related organization of the Committee for Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, officially approved by the Archdiocese of Seoul; and is hosted by the Executive Committee of the Festival.

Theme and Objective

The theme of the Festival is ‘Living with joy.’ We hope to reconsider the universal meaning of joy and think about the essential happiness of human beings through various protagonists struggling to find joy in their individual lives.

Festival period, Venues, Screening Schedule for Non-Competition Session

  • The Festival will be held for 4 days, at Daehan Cinema in Seoul, Korea, from October 29th (Thursday) to November 1st (Sunday), 2020.
  • Non-Competition (by invitation) films will be screened twice throughout the Festival.


No awards will be given to Non-Competition (by invitation) films. Awards will be given only to (Korean) short films in the Competition Program.

Submission Requirements

  • Films submitted to the Festival (hereafter referred to as “the Film”) shall pertain to the theme of ‘Living with Joy.’
  • There are no restrictions on the Film in its running time and genre—fiction, animation, documentary, experimental films, etc.
  • The Film should not been released in the Republic of Korea prior to the Festival. (However, previous screenings at any other film festivals will not impact the Film’s eligibility for the Festival.)

How to Submi

Please submit the Film online to, during a period starting January 1st (Wednesday) and ending at midnight (24:00 KST) on July 31st (Friday), 2020.

  • Documentation

1) Submission Form (in DOCX, PDF, or HWP)

2) 1 photo of the director(s) (in high-resolution JPG, or PNG)

3) 3 stills from the Film (in high-resolution JPG, or PNG)

4) 1 image file of the Film’s poster (if available)

  • Submission Rules

1). A screener link to the Film or the screener file shall be mailed to

2). The subject of the e-mail should be as follows:
“Caff2020 Non-Competition/applicant’s name/title of the Film/running time.”
(e.g. Caff2020 Non-Competition/John Doe/Romeo and Juliet/70 min)

3). No submission fee will be charged.

  • Subtitles

If the Film contains a dialogue or on-screen text in any language other than English and Korean, it must be presented with English or Korean subtitles.

Selection of Films for Non-Competition Programs

  • Films to be screened in the Non-Competition (by invitation) Program will be selected by the Festival’s Program Team. The team will review all films submitted by midnight July 31st(Friday), 2020, and will notify each applicant of the selection result.
  • Once the Film’s selection for the Non-Competition (by invitation) Program has been announced, its screening at the Festival cannot be canceled.

Submission of Theatrical File for Screening

  • Upon receiving a notification of selection, please submit the Film’s final theatrical-version file after consultation with the organizers of the Catholic Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “the Festival”) about the submission date/deadline.
  • The theatrical file must be presented in DCP and MOV format. A standard DCP (including all directories), a MOV file (ProRes 422 Codec), and an exported file by 1080p and 24p(fps) must be stored on an external hard drive or a flash drive, and be sent via postal mail to the secretariat of the Festival; or shall be transferred via an online storage drive, etc.
  • Along with the theatrical file, an 11-second highlight in MOV format must be submitted as well. The highlight will be used in the Festival’s opening ceremony and promotional trailer. If no highlight is submitted, the Festival will select and use an excerpt(s) from the Film at its discretion.
  • Non-Competition (by invitation) films originating from outside of the Republic of Korea shall be presented with English subtitles for the International audience.
  • The Festival will try its best to keep files submitted on an external hard drive or a flash drive safe. However, in the event of an unavoidable accident or a natural disaster, the Festival will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of the materials submitted.

Screening at the Festival

In compliance with the relevant international regulations, the Festival will not screen the Film more than three times throughout the Festival. The Festival will determine the number of screenings, the dates and the venue.

Using Submitted Materials for Promotion

  • Any materials submitted may be used in the Festival’s catalogues and other promotional materials.
  • For each selected Film, the Festival has the right to create a video clip not exceeding three minutes by excerpting from the Film and use it to promote the Festival.

Archive and Copyright

  • After the Festival finishes, the Festival will retain all selected Non-Competition Films’ copies in HDCAM, DCP, HD, HDV and MOV formats for screening, study, or educational purposes. When necessary, the Festival may request the Film’s copyright holder to send digital copies of the Film again.
  • The selected Films may be re-screened at non-commercial touring exhibitions, exchange exhibitions with other film festivals, screenings for sponsors, educational programs, etc. that are organized and/or hosted by the Festival.
  • When the Festival plans to have any of the selected Films broadcast on a Korean or foreign TV channel, it will gain the consent of the Film’s copyright holder.
  • The copyright of the submitted Film rests with the copyright holder.


It is deemed that any person who submits the application for the Festival agrees to the Rules and Regulations described above.


Rules and Regulations for Submission to the Non-Competition: PDF

Submission Form for the Non-Competition: DOCX | PDF