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Introduction to the film festival

Japan World Film Festival is rapidly growing International Film Festival. JWFF runs in 3 venues and cities in Japan giving much wider exposer for the nominated filmmakers.We showcase high quality short films from around the world in Tokyo, Nagano and Ibaraki celebrating art and culture. JWFF believe in the power of cinema that ties the world together. We value films with true voice regardless of the size of the production. The Festival is purely the audience centric. That’s where cinema belongs and if you are a cinema auteur this is the place for you. Films with deep themes and messages, bold and daring approaches by filmmakers will move the audience. We look for high quality and yet independent spirited films.Our mission is to enhance human life through cinema. JWFF is pure and simple, "great cinematic experience first" It doesn't matter the budget nor star names, with or without, if the narrative story is compelling and it has the deepest message that has to be told then the audience will appreciate it. This is our spirit and it has not changed since the incubation. The past screenings included the films with Yui Masayuki (Akira Kurosawa film), Naoto Takenaka (Shall we dance), Gérard Depardieu (Academy awards winner).We also invited the producer Mr. Bruce J. Nachbar (Party of Five) to talk about Hollywood filmmaking. We are inspired by the cinema pioneers, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Jean Luc Godard, and many more, the auteurs who speak their mind without any filters. Our Festival was proudly founded by TOKYO CINEMA UNION, Japan's probably only Filmmakers Union, to provide opportunity for filmmakers to have broader and wider exposure to the audience. The Festival is super focused on Filmmakers Exposure and their VERY NEXT STEP. The nominated film may have a chance to be screened in three cities and this means a lot more exposure. The Festival focuses on "DISCOVERING CULTURE" through cinema, celebrating cultural diversities. LOVE, MUSIC, FOOD, LGBT, COMEDY and ANIME are the prominent categories. We have also FICTION DRAMA category. We are passionate about ART of STORY TELLING. We are eager to get those stories out into the world. We believe so many great stories have to be told in this world. And Independent spirited films can do that. Telling stories about social issues, human rights, art, and more... all these are universal theme that connects us all. As Akira Kurosawa puts it "Cinema can bring world peace" FOUNDED by TOKYO CINEMA UNION SINCE 2017. Sfilmmaker is our exclusive platform for cooperation in China, and we look forward to your good film.  --------------------- In Japanese 【ジャパンワールド映画祭】 映画祭は東京、長野、茨城の3箇所で行います! 応募作品は2017年1月1日以降に制作されたものに限ります。 【趣旨】 2019年にスタートした映画祭はハイクオリティな作品と情熱的な映画制作者たちのおかげで大成功を収めました。黒澤明監督映画に出演する油井 昌由樹さんの出演映画や竹中直人さん(Shall We Danceなど)やフランスの名優ジェラールドパルデューさん(アカデミー賞)の作品など沢山の作品に恵まれました。 その他、ハリウッド映画やテレビヒットシリーズ”パーティオブファイブ”のプロデューサー、ブルースナックバーさんの登壇&トークショーなど素晴らしいラインナップとなりました。 2021年は東京、茨城、長野の3箇所で上映が行われましたが、コンペ部門の作品のクオリティがかなり高く、観客投票でも接戦が繰り広げられ盛り上がりました! この映画祭は日本の映画業界、特にインディペンデント映画を盛り上げるためにアーティストのサポート活動を行う、東京シネマユニオンによって開催されております。映画祭の趣旨も映画監督とその作品の露出を高め、本当に面白いものを観客に知ってもらうというコンセプトが背景にあります。 【テーマ】 映画祭のテーマは世界の多様性、多彩な文化を「発見 DISCOVER」する。 作品を通じて世界の多様性を感じることができるエキサイティングなイベントになればと思っています。 世界の「愛」「音楽」「食」「性」「コメディ」「アニメ」「ドラマ」を上映します。 作品は「物語を語る STORY TELLING」にフォーカスしたものを募集しています。 社会的な問題やテーマ、人間にとっての大切な普遍的な何かを探求する作品を募集しています。 黒澤明監督が生前言われておられた、映画によって世界が平和になる、ことを祈っております。

Awards

BEST FILMBEST FILM IBARAKI: 100,000yenBEST DIRECTORBEST ACTORBEST SUPPORTING ACTORBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBEST SCREENPLAY

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love VR/3D Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited Children Humanistic Animals Food Women Education City Campus Sports Gay Old man Environment Home Political Workplace Special people
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV
【Submission Format】  Online Screener via Sfilmmaker 【Submission Eligibility】  - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.  - There is no premiere policy for all submitted films.  - Work-in-progress are not accepted.  - Films with distribution are accepted.  - Film must be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English  - You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and   pay an entry fee for each.  -The film you submit has cleared all licensing and rights for the screening.   【Submission Fee】  All submissions for SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL are to be paid through  Sfilmmaker platform. The submission fee is non-refundable. 【Selected films】  If selected, your film should be sent via internet data service to us.  Mov or Mpeg4 files are accepted. Codec must be H264 or Prores.  Maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080.  Film needs to be transferred to either 24fps or 30fps (NTSC frame rate)  Please provide stills of the film for publicity.  300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format.  Please provide subtitles in SRT. English films also need English subtitle in SRT 【Shipping】  We do not accept any shipping. 【Festival Screenings】  A selected film must be received at SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL no later than  7 days after the nomination announcement by us.  We will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection,  nor will fees be refunded in any such case. 【Scheduling】  Screenings schedule is decided by SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL and SHINJUKU WORLD  FESTIVAL reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection. 【Notification】  Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry. 【Liability】  We take care of all materials submitted to our festival, however we cannot  accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred  en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure.  Also Do NOT send original prints or master copies.  SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL is held harmless from any and all claims,  liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any  claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.【Entry】  -- Entry fee (must be paid online).  --3-5 Line Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)  --Less than 300 Word Treatment/Story  (Synopsis and Treatment may be used for Festival Program&website)  --Accepted entries must submit at least 1 digital, horizontal 300dpi still photo from   the film and at least 3 web-ready still at 100dpi and a film's poster at 150 to 300dpi .

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile
Yusuke Hayamizu Yusuke is also a founder of TOKYO CINEMA UNION to support filmmakers community. He also is the owner of Shinjuku at THEATRE. He is a CEO of Global Film Production ACTRS based in Tokyo. He’s lived in Australia for 7 years and learnt his craft in filmmaking, and worked on local medias such as SBS and FOXTEL. His works varies from Movie, CM, Music Video to documentary. His directorial work 「IN ANOTHER LIFE」won the best directors award at IFF Milan Film Festival. It also won the award of merit at WORLD FILM AWARD, Best Actress Nominee at Marbella International Film Festival. He also produces projects, an iconic work is his producing piece 「LONELY DEATH」which won the Shilver Award at 2018 New York Festival. Other work such as Pharrell Williams’ TOKYO RISING which became a huge success. Hi latest producing work is IQOS PATHFINDER Project with NIGO. Music composition is also his passion and he collaborated with an actor Jordi Mollas for the Spain Art Festival OBSERVATORI. His style is uniquely formed from his background in Music, Photography, Sculpture, and movie making. Since 2019, we started the film festival SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL.

Authorization type

    Exclusive Contract

Duration (several sessions)

    3

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Prize

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-06-06
    Submission start time

  • 2022-07-31
    Earlybird Deadline

  • 2022-08-03
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-08-03
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-08-03
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-08-04
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-08-04
    Submission end time

  • 2022-08-07
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-08-07
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2022-09-10
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2022-09-11
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • DISCOVER WORLD LOVE STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Discovering the diversity of LOVE story from around the world. Fiction film is accepted. Runtime under 30 min.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/04
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD MUSIC STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Discovering the diversity of MUSIC culture / related story from around the world. Fiction or Documentary. Runtime under 30 min. ※Simple Music Video may have less chance of nomination as we focus on the story telling aspect more important than a simple promotion of the musician.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/03
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD FOOD STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Discovering FOOD culture / related story from around the world. Fiction or Documentary. Runtime under 30 min. ※The film with strong and compelling narrative story. Food culture or farming culture, social issues, agricultural issues.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/03
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD ANIME STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Discovering WORLD ANIME. Runtime under 30 min. Anime can cross the border so easily! We love to see stories through animations. We wil also organize separate Anime screening for Anime loving crowds.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/03
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD LGBT STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Discovering the DIVERSITY of SEX culture / related story from around the world. Fiction or Documentary. Runtime under 30 min. ※We are looking for strong and compelling stories.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/04
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD COMEDY STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Comedy under 30mins are accepted. We would love to see the sense of humor from around the world!

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/04
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

  • DISCOVER WORLD DRAMA STORY
    Video length :01 - 30
    Any fiction Drama with strong and compelling story with universal theme and uniquely local vision, aesthetic or theme is accepted.

    2022/07/31
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 18 Dollar

    2022/08/04
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 30 Dollar

    Student: 30 Dollar

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