[Message from JFFLA regarding the influence of COVID-19]

Currently, JFFLA 2021 is scheduled to be held from October 3rd (Monday) to 10th (Sunday), online and in-person of this year, but the way of screening may be changed depending on the trend of the number of infected people in LA in the future. For example, last year, our festival was announced to be held in-person, but it was actually online only.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

As the Regional Stay Home Order is being extended in California and the state of emergency being announced in Japan, we believe each one of us is still living with a great concern. Even under such circumstances, we are deeply grateful that medical professionals and those who help the situation are working while risking their lives. In order to stop the Coronavirus from spreading, what we can do now is not to go out and not to meet people unnecessarily. We would like to ask all of you to be responsible for your actions not only for yourself but also for the people around you.
We look forward to the day when everyone can go outside and watch wonderful movies in the theater together. Take care of your health and stay positive with hope.

JFFLA2021 Executive Committees
January 18, 2021

The Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles started out in 2003 as the Chanoma Film Festival. The festival has been a vanguard event dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of Japanese culture among American and Japanese audiences in Los Angeles.

This festival was originally created on the theme of “Chanoma”--the gathering place of a Japanese home--and showcased heartwarming films portraying the everyday life of a Japanese family. In 2008, in order to introduce Japanese film to a broader American audience and offer Japanese filmmakers inroads into the US market, the name of the festival was changed to “Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles”.

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles will be held its 16th annual event ①online(for sure) and ②in-person(if possible) in 2021. Although the festival is still young, it is supported by members with unlimited potential. The committee members and volunteers are passionately dedicated to making this event the best it can be.

We hope to uncover new talent in the Japanese film industry through this festival, and to promote cultural exchange between the US and Japan. With these hopes in mind, we bring you Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2021.

Award Certificates and plaques

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2021
(Film Submission Details)

Submission requirements
- JFFLA2021 public selection will be online and theater screening(if possible) from October 4th(Monday) to 10th(Sunday).
But depends on the situation, it will be online only.
- JFFLA2021 online screening will be basically worldwide .
- It is the submitter's responsibility to ensure that rights for all images and music used in the film have been cleared.
- Selected films need to have English subtitles whenever the dialogue is not in English. JFFLA can provide information on subtitling services.
- The film may have been previously screened or released.
- In the case of Japanese director, writer and producer, the theme does not have to be related to Japan, but if those are non-Japanese ones, something (shooting locations, the concept, culture, tradition) must be related to Japan, or the leading role or many Japanese performers are Japanese.
- Films will be accepted from Japanese Directors, Writers, or Producers, and from non-Japanese Directors. It is a requirement that the theme must be related to Japan, OR that the lead or the majority of the cast are Japanese actors.

Other Requirements
Permission for promotional use: Your submission indicates your acceptance of the use of your film’s image captures, excerpts, or trailers for film festival promotional materials, including websites, social media, brochures, and flyers.
Important Notice: By submitting your film to JFFLA, you acknowledge that you have read and accepted all application requirements. In the case of falsehood or serious errors your film will be excluded, and you may be required to compensate for the expenses borne by the festival committee.

Categories for submissions
- Short Film – Maximum running time 5  to 20 min.
- Short Plus Film - 21 to 40 min
- Feature Film – Running time 75 - 120 min.

Film acceptance
If submitted film is selected to be in the final competition, notification will be sent to you via e-mail or phone. Accepted films can expect a response from JFFLA by May 15th(Saturday), 2021. We can not answer questions such as the screening status, reasons for receiving the award, or reasons for not being able to receive the award.
*Please do not call the JFFLA office. We will contact you directly.

Prize/ Award
There will be a Jury award. The winner will receive a prize. The prize will be original, and will be presented at the ceremony, or will be announced online and be mailed to you.

How to submit film
Please upload to https://filmfreeway.com  and complete the application form with your film link by the deadline.  
Early submission dead line - February 28th(Sunday), 2021
Normal submission  dead line - March 1st(Monday) to March 31st(Wednesday), 2021
Late submission deadline – April 1st(Thursday) to April 20th(Tuesday), 2021

Submission Fee
(The following will be charged as the entry fee. it does not promise to be screened.)
Short Film Submission Fee - $20 (Early) / $30(Normal) / $50(Late)
Short Plus Film Submission Fee - $30 (Early) / $40(Normal) / $70(Late)
Feature Film Submission Fee - $40 (Early) / $60(Normal) / $100(Late)
About the entry fee
*Even if you pay the entry fee, we do not guarantee the screening.
*We will not refund the entry fee after application.
*The entry fee will vary depending on the length of the movie and time of submission.

Japan Film Festival Committee (Submission)
Email:  info@jffla.org
Official Website:  http://www.jffla.org/

JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL LA 2021     (公募上映作品応募詳細)

– ご自分の責任で、写真、映像、音楽著作権その他の権利の処理をお願いします。未処理の場合、これにより生じた一切の紛争につき本映画祭及び実行委員会は責任を負いかねますのでご了承ください。
– 台詞が英語でない場合は、必ず英語の字幕を付けてください。字幕に関しての質問があればJFFLAにお問い合わせください。
– 映画はすでに発表・上映されたものでも構いません。
– 日本人の監督、脚本、プロデューサーの場合、テーマは日本に関するものでなくても構いませんが、監督、脚本、プロデューサー、出演者などが日本人でない場合、撮影場所や作品のコンセプトや文化や慣習など、何か日本と関連する作品とすること、もしくは主演または多くの出演者が日本人であること。


-短編映画 5分から20分以内
-短編プラス(中編)映画 21分から40分以内 
-長編映画 75分から120分以内



https://filmfreeway.com  に作品をアップロードしエントリーをお願いします。

早割締め切り日: 2月28日(日)
普通締め切り日: 3月31日(水)
レイト(最終)締め切り日: 4月20日(火)

短編映画- $20 (早割) / $30(一般) / $50(レイト)
短編プラス映画- $30 (早割) / $40(一般) / $70(レイト)
長編映画- $40 (早割) / $60(一般) / $100(レイト)
質問はJapan Film Festival Committee (Submission)までEメールにてお知らせください。
Email:  info@jffla.org  
Official Website:  http://www.jffla.org/

Overall Rating
  • Geoffrey Mark

    The JFFLA is one of the most hospitable festivals I've ever experienced. The people who run it made sure I knew what was going on, even with the covid lockdowns. Even without and in-person festival it ran smoothly. A wonderful group to work with!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Geoffrey !! We will looking forward to your new films.

  • Kazuhiro Kiuchi

    You should to join this film festival If you want to find Japanese culture and sprits in the latest movies !

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Kazuhiro !! We will looking forward to your new films.

  • Yurugu Matsumoto

    Thank you for choosing two of my movies!
    I am thrilled to receive the award!
    Thank you for giving me the best experience!
    Let's meet again!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Yurugu !! We will looking forward to your new films.