We will host an extended, multi-day, festival programme of films in September 2020 at the Barbican Centre, London.

Our theme for this festival edition explores the body and sensation. We are living through a time where words, facts and logic are increasingly ineffectual, powerless and absurd. As we attempt to make sense of the nonsensical, the most powerful form of expression is often what we feel. How we interact with other bodies and spaces around us, and how we express the unutterable become vital means of communication and connection.

Inspired by the now 2021 Tokyo Olympics, our experiences in lockdown and our loss of words, we will present a line-up of features and shorts that examine the body triumphant, and the body in crisis, through dance, performance, sport, exercise, and more.

We invite you to experience JAEFF in your own bodies, and to reconnect to the world.

By submitting your film, you'll be contributing to the showcasing of contemporary Japanese experimental works that challenge existing film practises and structures.

Style: Experimental
Format: digital
Production: made by Japanese or Japanese diaspora filmmakers/video artists
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles or no dialogue
Length: under 45 mins
Entry fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival reserves the right to use small portions and stills of accepted films for promotion of events.


スタイル : 実験映画
フォーマット : デジタル
製作 : 日本人または海外在住の日本人映画監督、ビデオアーティストによって作られたもの
使用言語 : 英語または日本語(英語字幕付き)、もしくは対話なし
上映時間 : 45分以下
参加費 : $15 (返金不可)