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
  • James Anthony McElligott

    It was a great honour to take part in this film festival. Very well organized.

    May 2022
  • アートで愛を作る
    日本国際映画祭に永遠に感謝します。原作漫画「grydscaen:psycho dive」を原作としたアニメ短編映画「grydscaen:scout eve」をご愛顧いただき誠にありがとうございます。 それは私にとって大きな名誉です。

    Eternally grateful to Japan International Film Festival for recognizing my anime short film "grydscaen: scout eve" in Japan, home of anime and manga. Eternally humbled, honoured, beyond grateful for the award win enabling visibility for the grydscaen mission to promote "truth, compassion, equality & world peace-" Thank you for making this dream come true. #ThisIsWhoWeAre #Namaste #PAX

    Natsuya Uesugi DuBois

    “Beneath the Veil lay right and wrong, vengeance and love, and sometimes throwing aside the veil, a soul of sweet Beauty and Truth stood revealed.” -- W. E. B. Du Bois (1935)

    May 2022
  • Tamal Dasgupta

    Japan International Film Festival is one of the most importent Film Festival for Art house Films. Japan International Film Festival is an excellent Film Festival. I convey my lots of thanks to Officials of Japan International Film Festival.

    May 2022
  • gaele sobott

    Our short animation, 'Dear Rosa', was screened at the Japan International Film Festival and won an award. We were so honoured to participate in this festival. The communication was fantastic.

    May 2022
  • Angelena Bonet

    Thank you so much Japan International Film Festival for such an amazing film festival experience! I will be submitting more work in the near future. 5 stars all round - thank you!

    May 2022