Kadoma International Film Festival is a community-based film festival in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. In 2020 we held the festival in a dual mode as on-ground and online, in order to welcome film fans in our community and across the world. We have screened films from 30 different countries, out of the films we have received from more than 50 countries all over the world. The worldwide pandemic makes our ambition to connect filmmakers and film lovers in the city of Kadoma difficult, but we are still going at it.

Kadoma is a commuter city in Osaka, probably most famously known for the Panasonic headquarter, but strangely it's a city with no 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 to help run the festival. For its success, the festival and the director have been honored with the regional development and cultural activities awards.

Surrounded by Kyoto, Nara, and the main part of Osaka, Kadoma is a great hub to get around, in addition to the festival. You are guaranteed with big smiles and good hearts from the people of Kadoma, too. We grant artistically-made certificates by calligrapher Taijun Nagayama, including Governor's Award and Mayor's Award in addition to the regular awards.

The 2021 Foreign (Non-Japanese) Film categories accept:

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

Non-Japanese Language only! (*Except for Dance as long as it's by a Non-Japan-based company/production.)

Awards will be announced on October 10th at the award ceremony, the finale of the festival. The winners will get our official certificates artistically made by a 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) 2021.

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. 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) The screening may be held both on-ground and online if the situation calls for it.
5) Screening committee determines which films to be shown in the festival. Submission does not guarantee the selection.
6) Entry fees are final and not refundable.
7) Subtitles (English, or Japanese) are strongly encouraged. If selected, KIFF will request an English subtitle/caption file to prepare a Japanese subtitle.
8) In case of increment weather, pandemic, or other unpredictable incidents, the screening may be cancelled upon governmental guidelines. Participants will be notified.

Overall Rating
  • Jason Wen

    The festival director was very friendly, communicative and shared photographs after the event. As I am based in London, I viewed this year's festival online and was impressed by the scope and selection of films. Thank you again for selecting my short film, The Night Tram.

    November 2021
  • 友志 陳

    Thanks for your encouragement,I'll to make an extra effort

    October 2021
  • Leila Jordi

    Wonderful festival, so caring and the communication throughout was great. They sent the most beautiful certificate that I have ever seen. Thank you so much Kadoma IFF!

    October 2021
  • Javid Farahani

    It was an honor for me and thank you for your professional team⚘

    October 2021
  • Christian Monnier

    Merveilleuse expérience, très honorés d'avoir reçu le prix du Gouverneur d'Osaka pour notre film ! Un grand merci à toute l'équipe et aux spectateurs.
    Wonderful experience, very honoured to have received the Osaka Governor's Award for our film! Many thanks to the whole team and the audience.

    October 2021