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*Please note that the selected films will be shown to schoolchildren. Please don't send films made for adults*

The Japan Curry is a Japan-lovers' community, based in Kolkata, India. We aim to bridge the gap between Japan and India and for the same, we regularly make content, organise events and have worked on several projects with the Consulate-General of Japan in Kolkata for the promotion of Japanese culture in Kolkata.

We want to exhibit short/feature-length films made by the Japanese people which showcase aesthetic and technological innovation. In recent times, a number of young Japanese filmmakers have made outstanding award-winning films braving the lockdown.

This time we want to screen films in various schools in our city. We want to expose young children of our city to Japanese cinema made by amateurs and experts in Japan.

The films that are selected will become a part of our "Official Selection". These films will be finally screened at the event. The films that are a part of our "Official Selection" can display the relevant laurel from FilmFreeway. Additionally, we will be sending letters of appreciation to the filmmakers congratulating them for sending their films.

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Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Japanese Film Screening (name subject to modification), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.


Short Film refers to any fiction/non-fiction film with a runtime less than or equal to 40 minutes.

Feature Film refers to any fiction/non-fiction film with a runtime more than 40 minutes but less than or equal to 120 minutes (credits not included).

This is a non-competitive event for which films will be selected from the ones submitted on this platform and shall then be screened in various public and private schools in Kolkata for the school students (provided COVID restrictions permit so).

This event will only allow submissions from Japanese filmmakers who have made films in Japanese and preferably, the location of the shooting is Japan.

All films must have English subtitles.

No film should contain explicit nudity or violence or any content which shall hamper the bilateral relations between India and Japan.

No fees will be charged either from the submitters or the audience.

The Japan Curry is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within India only. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

The Filmmaker must agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Japan Curry and all organising members, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.

After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status means that your film will be screened at the festival. It also means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

All official selections will be privately screened for the judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
All films that have been officially selected will be sent a certificate of appreciation from the organising committee.

We will require a working online link to your films as well as a synopsis, credits and specifications. We will also require a CV or profile or website link of the director. Please provide us the same while submitting your film.

All films that have been officially selected will be downloaded for the final screening. We request you to cooperate with us for the same.

The Japan Curry may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. Please check for updates of these Rules & Terms from time to time.

All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening, they grant full and unrestricted permission for The Japan Curry to screen the film/video at times of the festival’s choice.

The filmmaker releases The Japan Curry and other organisers from any and all liability for damages or destruction of the entered DCP. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry.

The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the organisers will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival organisers are not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its festival screening. We use Professional Pioneer International playback systems, all formats, all regions, including Region 0. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the DCP does perform to industry Standards. The organisers assume no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.

The organisers reserve the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening.

The filmmaker will endeavour to present to The Festival a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of the video at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Kazuhiro Kiuchi

    I couldn't visit because of the pandemic, but they reported so that I could see the venue and the screening. I am grateful for the unique response. Thank you very much.

    April 2022
  • Takashi Okado

    A huge shoutout to the entire team for delivering a wonderful festival virtually and being so accommodating and inclusive! . Thank you festival team!

    April 2022