New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival is an animation festival dedicated to animated films held at the terminal building of New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido, Japan), which connects Hokkaido with the rest of the world.

The 8th edition this year is held in a hybrid format consisting of both in-theatre and virtual screenings and events. The festival provides an exciting experience that is only possible as a one-and-only “airport festival”.
Launched in 2014, the festival has been growing. In 2019 the year before COVID-19, it gathered about 43,000 attendees from all over the world, which was the highest number in the history of the festival. Last year, the festival took place in a hybrid format with online screenings that had more than 100,000 views.

The international competition, the main event of the festival, has received more than 2,000 films. Gathering attention from all around the world, now the festival is one of the most prestigious animation festivals in Japan.

The screening programs cover a wide variety of interests: Bakuon screenings, masterclasses and lectures, and live music events. The festival tries to offer opportunities for encounters. Through the festival, the airport becomes a “home” for the domestic and international community of animation, where everybody comes back every year.

Short Films Competition:
‣ Grand Prix - 1 million JPY
‣ New Talent Award - 200,000 JPY
‣ Japan Grand Prix - 500,000 JPY
‣ Best Student Film - memento
‣ Audience Award - 100,000 JPY
‣ Kids Award - memento
‣ Best Music Animation Award - 100,000 JPY

Feature Films Competition:
‣ Grand Prix - 300,000 JPY

Note: Films that cannot be screened online can still be submitted. The availability of the online festival doesn’t affect the result of selection.

1. Short Films Competition
Submissions must be animated films with a run time not exceeding 30 minutes and must be works completed in or after 2019. VR films, GIF animation, and digital motion comics and movie installation works are also accepted. There is no submission fee.

Please read carefully and agree to the terms and conditions of the Submission Regulations before submitting works.
‣ https://airport-anifes.jp/en/competition/short/

1-1. Competition categories
(A) International Competition
(B) Japan Competition
(C) Music Animation Competition
(D) Student Competition
Submissions will be sorted into the relevant category based on judgment by the Festival Office and Selection Committee members. Submissions may be selected for more than one of the categories.

1-2. Invitations
Note: Due to the situation around COVID-19, the festival regrettably has decided not to invite artists from overseas to this year’s film festival. Only the filmmakers/producers who are living or residing in Japan at the time of the festival are eligible for the invitation. However, depending on the situation, all the invitations may be canceled.
Please read carefully the conditions for invitation. ‣ https://airport-anifes.jp/en/competition/short/

1-2-1. International Competition, Japan Competition and Music Animation Competition
The festival will cover (one person per film):
(1) Part of round-trip flight costs (as par the Festival Office regulations)
(2) Part of accommodation during the festival (applicable only to hotels arranged by the Festival Office and only for one person)
(3) Part of meals during the festival (by meal coupon, as par with Festival Office regulations)

1-2-2. Student Competition
The festival will cover (one person per film):
(1) Part of accommodation during the festival (applicable only to hotels arranged by the Festival Office and only for one person)
(2) Part of meals during the festival (by meal coupon, as par with Festival Office regulations)
 
 
2. Feature Films Competition
Submissions must be animated films with a run time exceeding 30 minutes and must be works completed in or after 2019. There is no submission fee.
Note: Submit a preview link of the whole film, not a trailer.

Please read carefully and agree to the terms and conditions of the Submission Regulations before submitting works.
‣ https://airport-anifes.jp/en/competition/feature/

2-1. Invitations
Note: Due to the situation around COVID-19, the festival regrettably has decided not to invite artists from overseas to this year’s film festival. Only the filmmakers/producers who are living or residing in Japan at the time of the festival are eligible for the invitation. However, depending on the situation, all the invitations may be canceled.
Please read carefully the conditions for invitation. ‣ https://airport-anifes.jp/en/competition/feature/

The festival will cover (one person per film):
(1) Part of round-trip flight costs (as par the Festival Office regulations)
(2) Part of accommodation during the festival (applicable only to hotels arranged by the Festival Office and only for one person)
(3) Part of meals during the festival (by meal coupon, as par with Festival Office regulations)

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  • kvali XXI

    Super New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival! Hope to join in 2021!

    January 2021
  • Zuzanna Waś

    Absolutely the best! Great event and place to be!

    January 2021
  • One of the best festivals I've been to.

    November 2019
  • Vojtech Domlatil

    One of the best animation festivals in the world! I enjoyed all the selected films (all were so strong and interesting) and meet there so many great filmmakers.

    November 2019
  • Shiyii Xiong

    such a great festival,get so much inspiration there!!

    December 2018