This competition's application entry has closed on April 1st.
The results of the first and second rounds of selection will be made public on our website at the end of June, 2019.
Thank you for submitting.
 

Application

“The Image Forum Festival,” the largest festival of moving image art in Japan, is accepting submissions of original moving image works. There are no restrictions whatsoever on genre (art films, documentaries, animated works, dramas, and so on), techniques used, or length. We are looking for works that go beyond existing concepts to expand the horizon of visual expression.

Application period: February 8th (Friday) to April 1st (Monday), 2019

Application section: East Asian Experimental Competition
▶ Application guidelines
 

What is the Image Forum Festival’s “East Asian Experimental Competition”?

The Image Forum Festival is a festival of moving image art that brings together for screening works with a high degree of expression, artistry, and creativity. A successor to “New Works of Underground Cinema” (1973-1975) and “Experimental Film Festival” (1981-1985), this festival, which expanded to include more international content and an open competition section, began in 1987 and is being held for the 32nd time this year.
The festival’s open competition section has come to be known as a gateway to success for groundbreaking young filmmakers in Japan, and in previous years has featured works by filmmakers and artists who have gone on to international success such as YAMAMURA Koji, KAWASE Naomi, IGUCHI Noboru, ISHIDA Takashi, and WADA Atsushi. Last year we have expanded this section (formerly known as the “Japan Tomorrow” section) that had been restricted to Japanese works and relaunched it as the “East Asian Experimental Competition.”

▶ Previous year : Image Forum Festival 2018
▶ Previous year : The awarded films and Jury comments


 

What does it mean to be nominated?

The (approximately 20) works that make it through the first and second rounds of selection will be screened at this year's festival along as works nominated for prizes. The final selection will begin when the festival opens and the following prizes will be awarded.

 ●Grand Prize (1): ¥300,000 + Prize certificate
 ●Terayama Shuji Prize (1): ¥100,000 + Prize certificate
 ●Excellence Prize (3): ¥30,000 + Prize certificate
 ●Audience Prize (1): Prize certificate

Image Forum will also recommend nominated works for selection at various film festivals both in Japan and overseas and include them in programs it curates for overseas festivals.

 

Schedule・Outline

Image Forum Festival 2019

■Venue, Date:
・Tokyo: September 14th ( Sat ) to 23th ( Mon ), 2019 / Spiral Hall, Theatre Image Forum
・Nagoya: November 8th ( Fri ) to 10th ( Sun ), 2019

■Main Program:
East Asian Experimental Film Competition
Experimental Panorama
Filmmakers In Focus
■Organizer:Image Forum
■Venue collaborator: Wacoal Art Center
 

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