The Nara International Film Festival is a biennial film festival located in one of the most historically rich cities of Japan, Nara. Since its founding year of 2010, the festival has celebrated emerging filmmakers with the Cannes winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase as an executive director. The festival has presented two film competitions: NARAtive International Competition and NARA-wave Student Film Competition (limited to student films.
One of the winners of the Competition programs will receive an opportunity to direct a film in Nara, Japan. Along with the film competitions, many other film screenings and interactive events entertain the festival visitors, guests, and locals.
The Nara International Film Festival embraces cultural diversity and up-and-coming talent from all over the world and offers a uniquely intimate experience to showcase new artistic talents surrounded by many world heritage sites.

★IMPORTANT NOTE: The festival date on this website is prospective dates. The actual festival dates will be finalized by the end of January 2023.

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★International Competition Award
1. The Golden SHIKA Award (the first prize award)
2. The Audience Award (the most voted from the audience)
3. The Best Actor Award

One of the winners from our two competition programmes (except the Best Actor Award) will be granted the privilege of making the next NARAtive 2026 film.

*NARAtive is a project to make an original film in Nara, funded by NIFF.
Previous NARAtive projects are:
“Inori” by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio from Mexico (2012), “A Midsummer’s Fantasia” by Jang Kun-jae from South Korea (2014), "The Wolves of the East" by Carlos M. Quintela from Cuba (2016),"The Nikados' Fall" by Ida Panahandeh (2018)
The 2020 NARAtive film project is directed by Chinese filmmaker PengFei, which has theatrically released in 2021 in China and the Japanese cinema release took place in the winter of 2022.
The 2022 NARAtive "Beyond the Fog" is under post-production.

★Student Competition: NARA-wave Award
Competition for student films, videos, and moving-image arts. Some participating works also participate in the Cannes Film Festival’s student competition and works nominated by NARA-wave receive acclaim from other film festivals overseas. Works of excellence receive the Golden KOJIKA Award. Award-winners have the opportunity to submit a proposal for the NARAtive project, and if it is accepted, they will be chosen as the film director of the next NARAtive project.



【学生映画部門 NARA-wave 受賞内容】
「NARA-wave (ナラウェイブ) 」は、学生が手掛けた映画・映像作品を対象にしたコンペティション。参加作品が「カンヌ映画祭」の学生部門にも参加するなど、「NARAwave」にノミネートされる作品は、 海外の映画祭からも評価されています。最高賞は「ゴールデンKOJIKA賞」。受賞者には「NARAtive」の企画案を出す権利が与えられ、採用されれば次回「NARAtive」の映画監督に選ばれることになります。

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★ International Competiton Eligibility
1. A director’s first or second feature
2. Must have a minimum length of 70 minutes
3. Completed after July 1st, 2022
4. Japan premiere (including festival screening)

1. There is no restriction on the subject and/or genre of the film.
2. Non-Japanese films should be English subtitled if the dialogue is not in English.
3. The directors of selected films NEED TO BE PRESENT during the festival. For non-Japanese productions, NIFF will provide accommodation and one round-trip Economy Class ticket for the director (one director per film).
★Student Competiton Eligibility
1. Must be an original video work by a student. (Completed in May, 2020 or later, when either the director or main filmmaker was a student. A "student" means someone who is a student at a university, a graduate student, a student at an occupational school, or a student that is equivalent to those.)
2. One work per director.
※There are no age restrictions.
※The length of the work does not matter.
※There are no restrictions for the theme. A work that lets us feel the perspective of the director or filmmaker.

NOTE: Selection results will be only notified to selected films. If you do not receive any notifications from us by the notification day, please understand that your film was not selected.


Earlybird Deadline 2024年 1/16 まで 30米ドル
Regular Deadline 2024年 2/29まで 40米ドル
Late Deadline 2024年 4/30 まで 50米ドル

2. 70分以上の作品であること
4. 2022年7月1日以降に完成した作品であること

注意:選出された映画のみNOTIFICATION DATEの期日までにご連絡をさせていただきます。NOTIFICATION DATEまでに当映画祭より連絡がない作品は不選考としてご理解ください。