The ASEANale Film and Multimedia Competition encourages ASEAN higher education students to produce creative works in film and Multimedia that are the narratives of their culture and their personal experiences. The competition also gives honors to these filmmakers and multimedia producers whose creative storytelling explores a range of human experiences that echoes the festival's theme of "Capturing the spirit of ASEAN in the Digital Times". Because of this, the ASEANale Film and Multimedia Competition encourages originality, creativity and research based works. There are three (3) sub-themes for the film and multimedia competition – Diaspora, Democracy, and Disaster.
The organizers and the judges of the ASEANale Film and Multimedia Competition reserve the right to exclude films and Multimedia works that do not uphold the values of the competition. The organizers and the judges of the ASEANale Film and Multimedia Competition will likely exclude works that contain obscenity, nudity, violence, the macabre, or those that are risqué.