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

The “East Asian Experimental Competition” received a total of 322 submissions from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and South Korea, and after two carefully conducted rounds of screening the following 26 works were selected for nomination. These nominated works will be screened at each venue of the 35th Image Forum Festival. The final evaluation will be conducted during the screenings at the Tokyo venue by the final jurors, and 5 of them will be awarded prizes.

The 26 works nominated for the “East Asian Experimental Competition”

HONEYMOON ARAKI Yu / digital / 29min. / 2021 / Japan
The Other FUJITANI Azuma / digital / 11min. / 2021 / Japan
grained time vol.5 walker(s) on the crossroad GOSHIMA Kazuhiro / digital / 4min. / 2021 / Japan
Statues Game HONG Xiao / digital / 5min. / 2020 / Mainland China
Return to the Peach Blossom Wonderland HUANG Yue, LUO Yuchao, PENG Haomin / digital / 19min. / 2020 / Mainland China
K’s room–the creation and destruction of the world HUNG Wei-Lin / digital / 15min. / 2020 / Taiwan
Toward Zero ITO Takashi / digital / 72min. / 2021 / Japan
After the riots, before the liberation IU Chung Hong / digital / 15min. / 2020 / Hong Kong
On Time Off Time IWASAKI Hirotoshi / digital / 9min. / 2020 / Japan
RED TABLE KIM Hakhyun / digital / 7min. / 2021 / Korea, Japan
Welcome to Nan! KURIHARA Mie / digital / 166min. / 2021 / Japan
This is China of a particular sort, I do not know LIU Clare Chun-yu / digital / 34min. / 2020 / Taiwan, UK
VOMIT MATSUDA Takaki / digital / 8min. / 2021 / Japan
Transparent, I am. MURAOKA Yuri / digital / 11min. / 2020 / Japan
Polka-dot boy NIHEI Sarina / digital / 8min. / 2020 / Japan, France
Kids behind the doors NISHIO Akino / digital / 8min. / 2021 / Japan
Parallax NOVE Hayato / digital / 34min. / 2021 / Japan
Desire Line SHI Ruini / digital / 7min. / 2020 / Mainland China, UK
N.P Lisa SPILLIAERT / digital / 60min. / 2020 / Japan, Belgium
Between hate&like SUZUKI Ririko / digital / 12min. / 2021 / Japan
MIND THE GAP TEZKA Macoto / digital / 24min. / 2021 / Japan
Trinity WANG Mowen / digital / 19min. / 2020 / Mainland China
Tugging Diary YAN Wai Yin / digital / 16min. / 2021 / Hong Kong
Sonata for smoke Samson YOUNG / digital / 16min. / 2021 / Hong Kong
HYDROPHONE BUTTERFLY YU Chae / digital / 16min. / 2021 / Korea
Half of an Apple ZHOU Xiaolin / digital / 5min. / 2020 / Mainland China
※Title Director / Format / Duration / Year / Director’s region of birth, current region of residence

HONEYMOON
ARAKI Yu

The Other
FUJITANI Azuma

grained time vol.5 walker(s) on the crossroad
GOSHIMA Kazuhiro

Statues Game
HONG Xiao

Return to the Peach Blossom Wonderland
HUANG Yue, LUO Yuchao, PENG Haomin

K’s room–the creation and destruction of the world
HUNG Wei-Lin

Toward Zero
ITO Takashi

After the riots, before the liberation
IU Chung Hong

On Time Off Time
IWASAKI Hirotoshi

RED TABLE
KIM Hakhyun

Welcome to Nan!
KURIHARA Mie

This is China of a particular sort, I do not know
LIU Clare Chun-yu

VOMIT
MATSUDA Takaki

Transparent, I am.
MURAOKA Yuri

Polka-dot boy
NIHEI Sarina

Kids behind the doors
NISHIO Akino

Parallax
NOVE Hayato

Desire Line
SHI Ruini

N.P
Lisa SPILLIAERT

Between hate&like
SUZUKI Ririko

MIND THE GAP
TEZKA Macoto

Trinity
WANG Mowen

Tugging Diary
YAN Wai Yin

Sonata for smoke
Samson YOUNG

HYDROPHONE BUTTERFLY
YU Chae

Half of an Apple
ZHOU Xiaolin
 
 

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: 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)

 

Schedule・Outline

Image Forum Festival 2021

■Venue, Date:
・Tokyo: September 25th ( Sat ) to October 3rd ( Sun ), 2021 / Spiral Hall, Theatre Image Forum
・Kyoto: October 29th ( Fri ) to 31st ( Sun ), 2021 / Lumen Gallery
・Nagoya: November 26th ( Fri ) to 28th ( Sun ), 2021 / 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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