10th ANNUAL JAPANESE - SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

We are thrilled to announce the open call for submissions to the 10th annual Japanese-Serbian Film Festival (JSFF). This year marks a decade of celebrating the theme LASTING, recognizing emerging talent and established professionals on the scene.
We are inviting all Japanese and Serbian productions and co-productions, regardless of nationality, to submit their short films, feature films, animations or J-dramas (one episode per series is also acceptable) for consideration. JSFF has always been committed to promoting cultural exchange through the power of cinema, and we are excited to continue this tradition for another year.

The 10th annual JSFF will take place in November 2023, and we encourage all filmmakers to submit their work before the end of August. Traditionally, submissions are completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Join us in celebrating this milestone year and be a part of the next chapter in the history of Japanese-Serbian film.

ABOUT JSFF

The Japanese-Serbian Film Festival (JSFF) is a bi-city-themed event celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The festival showcases an exciting array of films from both Japan and Serbia, with a focus on promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two countries. JSFF is held annually in both Belgrade and Tokyo, offering an exceptional opportunity for audiences to experience the best of contemporary Japanese and Serbian cinema. The festival has become a significant cultural event and an excellent platform for emerging filmmakers from both countries to showcase their work and connect with international audiences and identifies itself with the following values: quality, fairness, and openness.

CATEGORIES:

- SHORT FILMS (under 30 minutes)
- FEATURE FILMS (over 60 minutes)
- ANIMATION (short or feature-length)
- J-DRAMA (under 60 minutes per episode)

JSFF2023 PRESENTS NEW SELECTION OF AWARDS
Award fund and specific awarding allocation to be announced prior to the event.

JSFF FEATURE
■ BEST JAPANESE FILM
■ BEST SERBIAN FILM
Notice: The jury will decide the annual festival's best film from the two.

JSFF SHORTS
■ BEST SHORT FILM
■ BEST JAPANESE SHORT (Serbian Jury Award)
■ BEST SERBIAN SHORT (Japanese Jury Award)

HONORARY AWARD NIKOLA STOJANOVIC

ELIGIBILITY

- Country of production or co-production: Japan or Serbia (JSFF NATIVE);
- Non-JSFF NATIVE COUNTRIES are able to apply only if the film is co-produced in one of JSFF NATIVE COUNTRIES (Japan or Serbia);
- JSFF NATIVE director who made a film outside of JSFF NATIVE COUNTRIES is allowed to apply.

Qualification terms

🗸Feature film Length: Minimum of 60 minutes.
🗸Short film Length: Maximum of 30 minutes.
🗸J-Drama(up to 2 episodes): Maximum time per episode: 60mins
🗸Animations: Short or Feature will be screened in short or feature sessions; Anime series can allow up to 2 episodes per title, Maximum time per episode: of 60mins
🗸Genre: All genres
🗸Year of Productions: All movies made after January 1st 2022.
🗸Video format: h.264 (DCP - conditional to venue)
🗸English subtitles
🗸Minimum required materials: Poster, Synopsis, Trailer.

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By applying to JSFF, applicants allow the festival to exhibit/screen films at JSFF travelling events and/or use works for education, and/or festival promotion; JSFF can use the prints for the purpose of PR with maximum care and caution but cannot be held for any unpredictable damage of the file during shipping, use, preview or screening; JSFF also is not responsible for any copyright, trademark, credits to all participants or author rights issues.
By submitting the work, applicants understand that JSFF claims screening rights for a period of 5 years in the line-up of the festival's re-run.

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  • JSFF is an extraordinary film festival that beautifully fosters the sharing and mutual respect of each other's cultures. I extend my utmost respect and gratitude to everyone who contributed to the creation of this festival.

    December 2023
  • Maša Šarović

    Wonderful festiva, will go back againl!!

    November 2022
  • Takashi Okado

    A huge shoutout to the entire team for delivering a wonderful festival virtually and being so accommodating and inclusive! . Thank you festival team!

    November 2021
  • laurent ibanez

    JSFF was an amazing Festival. Very friendly and really wanting to help people making movie.
    I hope i'll be able to submit another film to the festival in the future.

    Thanks again to all the team for your time and kindness.

    November 2021
  • Aleksandar Vukasinovic

    Thank you for nice communication and great opportunity to present our work to the audience.

    November 2021