The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered lives but, at the same time, it has made us get closer to one another and find solidarity in life. Nothing reflects this solidarity, this acceptance of diversity, this co-existence of various beliefs and opinions, more than the world of cinema, media and, visual arts.
Films, scripts, tv shows and music videos all play their parts in making our current life more bearable and they can show us how to be human beings, how to cherish each and every moment and opportunity in life and how to love one another.

Here at the Japan International Film Festival, we celebrate and highlight various experiments and experiences in the worlds of cinema, media, and visual arts, and we are trying to provide a platform for artists of all backgrounds to come together and share their narratives. We sincerely hope that by gathering the greatest talents in independent cinema/media, we can provide our audience (and fans) a chance to have a sublime experience.

Submit your work and be a part of our community and share your story with the world!

We offer awards for the following categories (you can look at the right side of the page to see the categories individually and submit for 1 or more of them):

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Short Documentary
Feature Documentary
Best Animation
Student Film
Best Director
Best Female Director
First Time Filmmaker
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Script
Best Actor/Actress
Experimental Main Competition
Best Editing
Best Poster
Best Soundtrack

For the time being, we hold 'Online Screenings' for each edition of our festival. However, this screening is not mandatory and we can make an exception for filmmakers who do not wish their films to be screened.
Our online screening will be held on our website in a secure manner (with exclusive passwords).


To be a part of the festival, you must submit to the categories found on the right side of the page. We can only process the submissions that are submitted via Filmfreeway.

Please carefully review the categories you're interested in, because the submission fee is non-refundable.

All non-English films must have an 'English' subtitle, as we are an international festival and have an international audience.

Submitters can update their films/shows (to update links or information) until the event date.

By entering your film/show/music video for consideration to our festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property. We won't hold the rights to films and we won't be responsible for any problem with the intellectual property of your works.

Overall Rating
  • mario roccato

    I am really happy to have participated in your festival and for the attention you have dedicated to my film! It’s nice to know that many in the world can appreciate works - sometimes even so far away in culture - but that unite us in our common passion for cinema.
    Mario Roccato – WRITING ABOUT A LOVE - Italy

    August 2022
  • I was delighted to be selected by the Japan International Film Festival; better still to receive an award. What impressed me was the quality of the work of the other contributors; and I must mention the excellence of the site's graphic design by the Fuji Graphic Design Team. Altogether a very professional collaboration between all parties involved.

    July 2022
  • Mofieni Iniya

    Thank you Japan International Film Festival for the Honorable Mention for Super Fix!

    June 2022
  • Tom Gruenberg

    Excellent Festival in every sense. Thoughtful, insightful and tuned into the present day filmmaking. Great experience to have been involved. Thank you JIFF,

    Johnny Vonneumann

    June 2022
  • susan osberg

    Great news, so pleased to receive Honorable Mention for Mining the Moon in Japan!

    May 2022