2022 JIFF Japan Indies Film Festival Winners!

Best Script: "Isaac Newton" by Randall Palmer
Best Music Video: "Colours of Love" by Indrajit Nattoli
Best Short: "Storage Man" by Tatsuro Manno
Best Documentary: "Little Satchmo" by John Alexander
Audience Award: "Kaiju Girl" by Takafumi Sakabe
Honorable Mention Audience Award: "Un Ange Passe" by Natsuko Sagawa
Grand Prix Winner: "Update" by Yo Okazaki


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7 Reasons To Submit to the Japan Indies Film Festival by Elliot Grove. https://www.raindance.org/7-reasons-to-submit-to-japan-indies-film-festival/


We are the official JIFF Japan Indies Film Festival.

The official JIFF Japan Indies Film Festival is a true independent international film festival supporting young talent around the world.

Creating dreams and hope through cinema is our vision. Returning Japan to the glory days of cinema for young filmmakers and independent artists the goal of the official JIFF Japan Indies Film Festival.

Our Jury includes some of Japan's top filmmakers and other famous filmmakers as well as industry leaders on the Arts as Jury members from around the world.

Jury Members:

*Elliot Grove - Founder and President of Raindance Film Festival in London, England.

*Suzanne Ballantyne - Program Director of Raindance Film Festival in London, England.

*Cica Oyama - Director / Producer / Writer

*Stephen Benham - Singer, songwriter, Performer & Music/TV/Film Producer.

*Yujiro Seki - Award winning Director / Writer

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Office Hours:
Weekdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM

Best Feature

Best Documentary Feature

Best Short

Best Documentary Short

Best Music Video

Best Script

Rules & Terms (Read carefully).

· Selected films must be in English or Japanese and subtitled. (Japanese language films must be dubbed in English and English language films must be subtitled in Japanese.)

· All Entries must include a press pack including a one-paragraph synopsis and short staff biography with a photo of director and producer for promotional use.

· All Entries must include a list of cast including high-quality photos for promotional use.

· All Entries, if selected for competition, not in Japanese language, must include Japanese subtitling, cost to be borne by Filmmaker.

· Every submission has to pick one main category.

· Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

· All movie entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send discs or any downloadable files to us.

· All movie scripts should be sent via FilmFreeway.

· By entering festival, filmmaker agrees that The official Japan Indies Film Festival has the right to use any movie stills or promotional photos for The official Japan Indies Film Festival promotional purposes.

* Films made after January 2020 eligible

*Films must be in NTSC format.

*Features in theaters, TV, online streaming services, sales or distribution representation in Japan or winners in any Japanese film festival not eligible.

*If films are in Japanese, dialogue sheets are not necessary. Films in all other languages require dialogue sheets.

*Winners may get distribution offers in Japan (in airlines in-flight movies, theaters and Asia's biggest satellite TV network).

* We do not pay any screening fees.

*All music rights must be cleared through proper channels.

· Entries will not be returned

· Entry fees are non-refundable

* A project being Selected by the Selection Committee does not guarantee screening at the festival. Many factors can cause non-screening of projects, though we do our best to eliminate them.

* Scripts are not eligble for Raindance submission (Raindance does not accept scripts).

*Rules are subject to change due to current circumstances.


Overall Rating
  • Natsuko Sagawa

    Thank you very much for choosing my film from the very many entries and for organising such a warm film festival at Daikanyama.
    I'm really appreciate it.It was a great opportunity to share my film with so many. I am truly humbled and honoured to receive an audience award for my film. I extend a thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who watched it.
    It makes me really happy that so many liked it.

    December 2022
  • I had a great moment through this event. That was an excellent opportunity to communicate with the founder, Mr. Mike Rogers, and other filmmakers.
    Also, this film festival has enthusiasm for sharing great films with the world.
    I definitely would like to attend every year.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Kaiju Girl is brilliant film making!

  • Lea Umberger

    Such a fantastic festival! Little Satchmo could not have dreamed for a better Asia Premiere -- even in the face of a pandemic! Mike Rogers is truly an incredible festival organizer who is always responsive, creative, and fun to work with. Highly recommended and we will be sure to submit our future work!! What an honor to have screened here (and to have won Best Documentary :). Arigato!!!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Little Satchmo is a current and future legendary film!

  • A big thanks to JIFF for their support of film artists, both emerging and established. A great film festival all around.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Randall san! Good hunting and good luck with your excellent script - Mike Rogers & JIFF staff

  • William Greenawalt

    We were so proud to win "Best Documentary" in this year's JIFF and happy to represent here on our home turf in Tokyo! Thanks JIFF!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    A fabulous documentary! Thank you so much!