Kadoma International Film Festival is a community-based film festival in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. We launched in 2018 and went international last year. We continue to welcome Foreign (Non-Japanese) Films from all across the world!

Welcoming filmmakers from all over the world to Kadoma has been the ambition of us from the beginning. Our mission is to encourage interaction among filmmakers regardless of their continents or languages. In 2019 we stepped forward to make our dream come true, having screened 48 foreign films and met nearly 20 guests from overseas. The enthusiasm attracted the coverage from newspapers, radios, and TV media, too!

The winners of 2019 can be seen here. https://kadoma-filmfes2019.themedia.jp/pages/3135659/page_201908181343

Kadoma is a commuter city in Osaka, probably most famously known for the Panasonic headquarter, but strangely it's a city without a single movie theater. In 2016 our festival director Takashi Nasu founded Kadoma Film Commission to produce community-based films and invite filmmakers to the city of Kadoma. With the enthusiasm and passionate encouragement from the Kadomanians, he launched the film festival in 2018 without any official funding. The movie-loving Kadoma people voluntarily participated in running the festival. For the huge success, the festival and the director have been honored with the regional development and cultural activities awards.

The city of Kadoma is surrounded by the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Therefore, it's a good hub for sightseeing as well. You are guaranteed with big smiles and good hearts from the people of Kadoma. We grant artistically-made certificates by calligrapher Taijun Nagayama, including Governor's Award and Mayor's Award in addition to the regular awards.

We are also preparing a launch of On-Demand distribution service, if you are thinking of a way to distribute in Japan.

The 2020 Foreign (Non-Japanese) Film categories accept:

Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
Dance Feature
Dance Short
Animation Short

All submissions must be in Non-Japanese language, except for Dance, which must be made by a Non-Japan-based company/production.

After a film has been officially selected, the filmmaker will be notified.

Awards will be announced at the award ceremony on the last day of the festival. The winners will be handed artistic certificates written by renowned calligrapher Taijun Nagayama.

You must fully comply with the rules and regulations to be eligible for the official selection in Kadoma International Film Festival (KIFF) 2020.

1) You must hold all necessary legal rights for your submission, including permission to use any copyrighted material. KIFF assumes no responsibility for any infringement claim from third-parties and holds absolute rights to disqualify such entries.
2) Submissions are through Filmfreeway only. Upload or Link to Vimeo/YouTube is accepted through the entry form.
3) By submission, you agree to give permission for the KIFF to use excerpts of your film and images for promotional purposes.
4) Screening committee determines which films to be shown in the festival. Submission does not guarantee the selection.
5) Entry fees are final and not refundable.
6) Subtitles (English or Japanese) are strongly encouraged. If selected, KIFF will request a English subtitle/caption file to prepare a Japanese subtitle.
7) In case of increment weather or other unpredictable incidents, the screening may be cancelled. Participants will be notified.

Overall Rating
  • Jing Sun

    Thank you KIFF for including Prey!!! Even though I couldn't make it visit Kadoma in person, it's a great chance to have Prey screened at Kadoma, Japan! Thanks again!

    August 2019
  • thank you for taking the time to organize the festival and giving "I am Zal" the chance to be a part of this great event and win the Golden Lotus Root award. for me, it was a golden opportunity and I look forward to the future editions. keep up the good work!

    August 2019
  • YuHui Yang

    Carrying a trophy home is a plus, but the essence of going to film festivals for me as a filmmaker is having conversation with other filmmakers and the audience.
    It was amazing how being only in its second year and all run by the volunteers, it was highly professional and super communicative. I had a great time there exchanging ideas with others and learned a lot for my next project I'm developing. Highly recommend!

    August 2019
  • Thank you so much for participation at Kadoma International Film Festival, and selecting "The Dreamer" as a semi-finalist! It's wonderful to see International Festivals like yours in Kansai and Japan. We are excited for the next festival, and look forward to sharing more films from The Love 愛 Project, when production is complete!

    August 2019
  • Joe Chang

    It's a great film festival! l love it very much!!

    August 2019