Our Mission
We aim to celebrate independent films and showcase the artistry and creativity of independent filmmakers. Strengthening the bonds between Japanese and foreign filmmakers is our greatest aspiration. We also strive to prioritize filmmakers by promoting them, their artistic expression and creativity.

Our Festival
Inspired by the elegance, culture & refinement of bon dance and history, action & high energy of Ninjas, the essence of BonDance International Film Festival exemplifies the backbone of Japanese culture. Located at Hizen Yume Kaidou Ninja village, in Saga Japan, this festival is made possible by the community of Saga.

Our Programs
We showcase film categories such as Kids, Drama, Sci-fi, Comedy, Thriller, Documentary and many more. Our films and guests are from Japan and abroad. All films shown will be subtitled in Japanese and English.

Our Location
Hizen Yume Kaido Ninja Village located in Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture, is a theme park loved by the locals and is frequently used as a location for TV and movies. The adjacent Ureshino Onsen has been known as a famous hot spring since ancient times. This location near the center of Kyushu boasts great access to all other tourist destinations.


盆踊りのエレガンス、文化、洗練性と忍者のアクションとエネルギーにインスパイアーされた ボンダンス国際映画祭 のエッセンスは、日本文化のバックボーンを象徴しています。佐賀県の元祖忍者村肥前夢街道にあり、この映画祭は佐賀のコミュニティによって支えられています。

キッズ、ドラマ、S F、コメディ、スリラー、ドキュメンタリー、その他多くのカテゴリーをカバーしております。私たちの応募作品と観客は日本と海外の両方から参加いたします。全ての上映作品は日本語と英語の字幕付です。


Best Feature
Best Feature (Animation)
Best Feature (Documentary)
Best Feature for Kids
Best Feature for Kids (Animation)
Best Short
Best Short (Animation)
Best Short (Documentary)
Best Short for Kids
Best Short for Kids (Animation)
Best Short for Kids (Documentary)
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Music Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Ninja Film
Best Local Film
Best Student Film

No prize money involved.



-We accept all genres.
-We accept multiple-category submissions.
-Feature films must be longer than 40 minutes. Short films must be 40 minutes or shorter.
-mp4 (H.264) is the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
-For programming consideration, the festival only accepts online screeners via FilmFreeway. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DVD OR BD SUBMISSIONS.
-After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and is 'In Consideration'. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met, and necessary information is given.
-We do not accept works in progress.
-All the rights related to the submitted film must belong to the applicant.
-Those whom we deem overly violent, abusive, thoughtless or outrageous without the respect for human rights or animal rights will be disqualified.
-Films in non-English languages must have English subtitles.
-Once officially selected, Japanese subtitles will be necessary (We will introduce affordable subtitle translation services from English to Japanese, if needed).
-Withdrawn films are considered to be disqualified.
-All the paid fees are non-refundable for any reasons.
-Still photos, a brief synopsis, a poster and a trailer should be added to the project for the film’s promotional purpose.
-We will send your digital winner certificate free of charge.
-All the shipping costs regarding the award-winning film, if any, must be borne by the applicant.
-If you would like your printed winner certificate with its holder, we will send it to you for $20 and shipment.
-By submitting, you agree to allow us to use the materials such as trailers, posters, images etc. for the purpose of advertising your film and our events (web, printed media, and television etc.), and to share them with our partner festivals for promotional purposes.
-By submitting, you warrant that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the BonDance International Film Festival and that, to the best of your knowledge, the information that you have supplied is correct.

-応募を送信した後、送信した応募が私たちの条件に合致していること、表示が「In Consideration」となっていることをFilmFreewayのアカウントで必ずご確認ください。全ての条件が合致していることと、全ての必要な情報が提出されていることを確認するのは、応募者の責任となります。
-応募することにより、応募者は 本映画祭がトレーラー、ポスター、画像等の素材を応募者および映画祭イベントの宣伝に使用すること(ウェッブ、印刷媒体、テレビ等)、プロモーション目的で本映画祭のパートナー映画祭と共有することに同意するものとします。
-応募することにより、応募者は ボンダンス国際映画祭 のレギュレーションを読み、理解し、同意したことを保証し、応募者の知りうる限りにおいて、応募者が提出した情報が正しいことを保証することとします。

Overall Rating
  • Xin Li

    Thank you for giving the award towards my film The Winter. It is a great honour to be included in BonDance International Film Festival . Thank you for the wonderful experience.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Xin Li, Thank you so much for your appreciation. Would be happy to work with you again!

  • I was very pleased to be selected my film to BonDance I wish them good luck for the next editions and I hope to participate on next editions! and have the pleasure to be in beautiful Japan! Thank You guys you did a great Festival!!!!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to welcoming you in our ninja village next year!

  • i had planned to go to this festival, but couldn't because of covid. but the organizers were friendly, helpful, and encouraging. i'm planning to shoot a short film in japanese and hope to go next year. i like the idea of their location being away from the big cities.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your nice feedback! Looking forward to seeing you in the venue and showing you around next year!

  • Terje Henk

    Wonderful! I was delighted of the idea that my animation will be shown in Japan and sad that I could not go to participate by myself as well. The communication with organizers was excellent and no problems at all. I wish them good luck for future festivals! Thank you.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback! We'll continue trying to make our festival even better year by year!

  • Gang Zhao

    A great film festival, thank you for choosing my film, and look forward to working together again. Thank you!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your nice review! We are glad to know you enjoyed BonDance experience. Look forward to your future films!