The jury members and works nominated for the “East Asian Experimental Competition” have been decided!

The “East Asian Experimental Competition” received a total of 462 submissions from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, and after two carefully conducted rounds of screening 25 works were selected for nomination. These nominated works will be screened at each venue of the 2020 Image Forum Festival. The final evaluation will be conducted during the screenings at the Tokyo venue by the three jurors listed below, and 5 of them will be awarded prizes.

The 25 works nominated for the “East Asian Experimental Competition”

TSUKURIME TEJIMA Ayako / digital / 12min. / 2020 / Japan
Shivering wall. TSENG Yu Chin / digital / 10min. / 2019 / Taiwan
Difference and Repetition and Coffee KUDO Masa / digital / 5min. / 2020 / Japan
THE LIVING WALL KUROSAKA Keita / digital / 6min. / 2020 / Japan
The Honor Among Thieves MA Lanhua / digital / 50min. / 2019 / China
Cells and Glass HAYASHI Yuki × Center for iPS Cell Research and Application(CiRA), Kyoto University / digital / 9min. / 2020 / Japan
MENTHOL YU Chae / digital / 3min. / 2019 / Korea
DOGHEAD TAKENOSHITA Momo / digital / 5min. / 2020 / Japan
Red WANG Hong / digital / 69min. / 2019 / China
Wong Ping's Fables 2 WONG Ping / digital / 13min. / 2019 / Hong Kong
Ladles KWAN Cheuk Wai / digital / 17min. / 2019 / Hong Kong
Strawberry Candy LI Nianze / digital / 7min. / 2020 / China
9M/M5 & I OKUYAMA Jun’ichi / 32min. / 2019 / Japan
13 ISOBE Shinya / 11min. / 2020 / Japan
Red Ball Missing! YAMAGUCHI Kenta / 19min. / 2020 / Japan
hair YAMAMOTO Sho / digital / 17min. / 2019 / Japan
Unanswered Telephone LEE Seunn / digital / 6min. / 2020 / Korea
The Six CHEN Xi, AN Xu / digital / 5min. / 2019 / China
11,565 Kilometers Project ZHANG Beichen / digital / 31min. / 2019 / China
Pink Mao TANG Han / digital / 22min. / 2020 / China
I AM NOT HERE KURiO / digital / 9min. / 2019 / Japan
No land to live. TSENG Yu Chin / digital / 10min. / 2020 / Taiwan
TOSHI SHI OKI Hiroyuki / digital / 12min. / 2020 / Japan
notes before the wind IP Yuk-Yiu / digital / 25min. / 2020 / Hong Kong
The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin KIM Dongryung, PARK Kyoungtae / digital / 115min. / 2019 / Korea

TEJIMA Ayako(Japan)

Shivering wall.
TSENG Yu Chin(Taiwan)

Difference and Repetition and Coffee
KUDO Masa(Japan)

KUROSAKA Keita(Japan)

The Honor Among Thieves
MA Lanhua(China)

Cells and Glass
HAYASHI Yuki × Center for iPS Cell Research and Application(CiRA), Kyoto University(Japan)

YU Chae(Korea)


WANG Hong(China / Japan)

Wong Ping's Fables 2
WONG Ping(Hong Kong)

KWAN Cheuk Wai(Hong Kong)

Strawberry Candy
LI Nianze(China / Japan)

9M/M5 & I
OKUYAMA Jun’ichi(Japan)

ISOBE Shinya(Japan)

Red Ball Missing!
YAMAGUCHI Kenta(Japan)


Unanswered Telephone
LEE Seunn(Korea / Czech)

The Six
CHEN Xi(China), AN Xu(China)

11,565 Kilometers Project
ZHANG Beichen(China / USA)

Pink Mao
TANG Han(China / Germany)


No land to live.
TSENG Yu Chin(Taiwan)

OKI Hiroyuki(Japan)

notes before the wind
IP Yuk-Yiu(Hong Kong)

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin
KIM Dongryung(Korea), PARK Kyoungtae(Korea)
※(Country of birth /Country of residence)


“East Asian Experimental Competition” final evaluation jury

WONG Veronica ( contemporary art curator / China )
MARIKO Tetsuya ( film director / Japan )
YOSHIGAI Nao ( film director, choreographer, dancer / Japan )



“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: January 24th (Fri) to April 1st (Wed), 2020 May 15th (Wed),2020 *The application period is extended.

Application section: East Asian Experimental Competition
▶ Application guidelines
▶ Application form(PDF)
▶ Application form


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 : 33rd Image Forum Festival
▶ 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.



Image Forum Festival 2020

■Venue, Date:
・Tokyo: September 26th ( Sat ) to October 4th ( Sun ) / Spiral Hall, Theatre Image Forum
・Nagoya: Aichi Arts Center

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

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