“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 20th (Wed) to March 22nd (Mon), 2021

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 : 34th 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.


Final evaluation jury

ARIKUNI Keisuke (Project Director, Flowplateaux co., ltd.)
NAKAMURA Yuko (Film Director)
Marie LOSIER (Filmmaker)



Image Forum Festival 2021

■Venue, Date:
・Tokyo: July 10th ( Sat ) to 18th ( Sun ), 2021 / Spiral Hall, Theatre Image Forum
・Nagoya: TBA

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

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