The Fifteenth Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 5-12 October 2017, Japan

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

Event Dates: from Oct 05, 2017 12:00 to Oct 12, 2017 12:00

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  • a. Your entry number, URL for uploading files and your password
  • b. The content of your online entry form

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You may upload the following files online, if available. Details are provided in the confirmation email.

c. Press kit (English or Japanese)
d. Film stills (up to 3 different images)

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Preview video: 2 DVDs

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Please do not use any labeling sticker on your DVD. Simply write the following information on the face of the disc directly.
film’s title
entry number

Mailing address:
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
#201, 9-52 Kinomi-cho, Yamagata City 990-0044 JAPAN
phone: 81-23-666-4480

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  • Entry number
  • Film title
  • Name of entrant
  • Contact details
  • Date sent
  • Delivery method

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After we have received all of the materials required for entry and confirmed that the preview video is playable in our player, we will send you a confirmation email.
If you do not receive confirmation within six weeks, please contact the Festival office.


Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017October 5 (Thu) –12 (Thu), 2017
Entry Deadlines (postmarked)International Competition:

  • First deadline: December 15, 2016 (for works completed before October 31, 2016)
  • Second deadline: April 15, 2017 (for works completed after November 1, 2016)

New Asian Currents: May 15, 2017

Entry: Entry FAQ

Can anybody enter a film in the festival?
Anybody can. But please read the entry regulations carefully first. For details, please see the Entry.

Can any kinds of film (genre) be accepted?
If producers intend a film to be documentaries, we accept it as entries.

Where can I obtain an entry form?
Apply online from the YIDFF website. If you would prefer to mail your application, please contact the Yamagata Office by fax (+81-23-625-4550) or email.

What’s the International Competition?
Approximately 15 feature length films are chosen and screened from new works submitted from around the world. Prizes are awarded by a panel of jurors at the conclusion of the festival.

What’s New Asian Currents?
This program introduces and supports works by rising documentary makers who either originate or reside in Asia. There is no restrictions on format or film length. Works are chosen and screened from submitted works. Prizes are awarded by a panel of jurors at the conclusion of the festival.

How much is the entry fee?

The Prizes?
Prizes are chosen by a panel of jurors and awarded to films screened in the International Competition and New Asian Currents.

International Competition
The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize) ¥2,000,000
The Mayor’s Prize ¥1,000,000
Two Awards of Excellence ¥300,000 each
Special Prize ¥300,000

New Asian Currents
Ogawa Shinsuke Prize ¥500,000
Two Awards of Excellence ¥300,000 each

* Don’t hesitate to contact the office directly if you have any other inquiries.
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