Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2017

National Library Building, Singapore

17 — 21 MAY 2017 ♦ Singapore

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is an annual festival in Singapore that celebrates and promotes the creation and appreciation of children’s books and content, with a focus on Asian themes.
Indonesia is the country of focus for this year.

Find out more about this year’s



Our popular online illustration contest is back! 

This year’s theme revolves around: food, fantasy and Indonesia.

Submit an illustration inspired by these three keywords (you may refer to one word, or all three), and stand to win full passes to the Writers & Illustrators Conference!

Contest Details

AFCC Super Short Story

Create a short children’s story with these five words in any order, and get a chance to win a complimentary 3-day Writers & Illustrators Conference ticket worth S$350!

remnants life ridiculous sound envelope
Contest Details
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Festival Calendar

Festival Highlights

Writers and Illustrators Conference

Featuring tracks on Illustration & Book Design / Young Adult / Kidlit / Translation / Library / Diversity In Kids & Ya Lit.


Cross-Platform Summit

A crossover networking opportunity for media and literary professionals while centring on multi-platform storytelling, pitching, interactive narrative and digital marketing.


Teachers Congress

The Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress features tracks for educators of both Pre-school and Primary children.


Parents Forum

The Parents Forum features tracks for parents of both Pre-school and Primary children.


Session Highlights

Imagination Room Kidlit

Divorce, Death and Other Difficult Topics

Petra Nagyová Džerengová (Author, News and TV-journalist and Founder of Verbarium)

Over time, more authors written on difficult topics in children’s books, but its inclusion in kidlit is still contentious. Petra draws on her books and examples such as Astrid Lindgren’s The Brother’s Lionheart, arguing that it is necessary to open discussions about these issues with children.

Part of Writers & Illustrators Conference

Possibility Room Kidlit

[PANEL] Authors’ Discussion: Who Gets to Write Asian Stories?

Wai Chim (Author), Paolo Fabregas (Comic Artist and Executive Creative Director of Publicis Manila, Inc.), Heidi Shamsuddin (Author), Holly Thompson (Author, Teacher)

As the message of diversity becomes more prevalent in publishing, it is crucial to ask who gets to create Asian stories. Join the content creators in this session as they give their stand on this question.

Part of Writers & Illustrators Conference

What Past Speakers Say

Felicia Low-Jimenez

A fun session filled with practical tips from an established children’s book editor.

Felicia Low-Jimenez from AFCC 2016
Co-author of the Sherlock Sam series (Singapore)
Catarina Sobral

Although AFCC’s focus is the Asian publishing industry, it doesn’t just promote writers and illustrators from Singapore and neighbouring countries. The children’s book market is widely open to European, American and Australian content and AFCC is a great agent for inspiring and encouraging global networking on children’s books, improving the Asian publishing scene and artistic expressions.

Catarina Sobral from AFCC 2015
Illustrator and Picture Book Maker (Portugal)

Festival Updates

Newly Added
Festival Updates

Newly Added

Published a book or created a children’s film or app within the past two years? Send it in for display at the local creator showcase and share it with the community of creators at AFCC Makan & Mingle by 30 March 2017!

Want to gain insights into the education in Singapore? Interested to meet and exchange ideas with other educators and librarians? AFCC brings you the inaugural AFCC Edutour

Why be Creative?

Why be Creative?

Why not? I can think of a few reasons... Without creativity, life would be stale I’ve seen how people spice up the dullest of chores or things to make them more interesting. Take barista art, or an ingenious table that can be folded on the wall, or shelves made from an old guitar. We owe it to... READ FULL ENTRY

Calling writers, illustrators and publishers!
Festival Updates

Calling writers, illustrators and publishers!

Meet and mingle with your readers and introduce new children’s books, apps, and other products to the public at our Book Launches! Closing date for application has been extended to 22 Feb.

Meet other publishers and agents from across the Asia Pacific region to sell and/or exchange your book rights and translation rights, negotiate co-publishing deals and other agreements at Rights Exchange. Closing date for submission has been extended to 15 Mar.

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