The nominated films will have a chance for online distribution throughout Japan via CINEMA PLUS, the domestic online distributor which has the shareholder of the major Japanese film studios such as TOEI, TOHO, SHOCHIKU.
The Festival is super focused on Filmmakers Exposure and their VERY NEXT STEP.

SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL will be held in the central TOKYO.

The Festival screens Film, exhibit Live Music and Food stall from around the world, attracting audience and Art-Loving crowd in Tokyo.

The Festival focuses on "DISCOVERING CULTURE" through cinema, celebrating cultural diversities. LOVE, MUSIC, FOOD, LGBT, and ANIME are the prominent categories.
We have also FICTION DRAMA category.

Story that tells about LOVE, or MUSIC, or FOOD etc.

We accept Fiction, Documentary and animation. Feature and Short.

The founder of the Festival, Tokyo Cinema Union, a Japanese filmmakers Union which has contributed and supported Japanese Film Industry and filmmakers since its beginning in 2012. Tokyo Cinema Union always wanted the Film Festival that has a proper output for the filmmakers and now we are able to secure the online distribution for chosen films amongst the nominated films.

Having music and food from around the world will also attract many audience who reside around Tokyo Mega city. So the Festival is designed to bring in the crowd, not only celebrating amongst film industry people.

・BEST SHORT : Trophy + 1000USD
・BEST ACTOR for SHORT : Trophy

SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL will take place 11th-14th October 2019 in central Tokyo.

【Submission Format】
 Online Screener via FilmFreeway

【Submission Eligibility】
 - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2014.
 - There is no premiere policy for all submitted films.
 - Work-in-progress are not accepted.
 - Films with distribution are accepted.
 - Film must be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English
 - You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and
  pay an entry fee for each.

【Submission Fee】
 All submissions for SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL are to be paid through
 FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.

【Selected films】
 If selected your film should be sent via internet data service to us.
 Mov or Mpeg4 files are accepted. Codec must be H264 or Prores.
 Maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080.
 If your film is selected, publicity images must be sent immediately.
 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format.

 If your film is selected for SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL, You could send your film data
 via post using USB or data disk.

 If you want your screener returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped,
 padded envelope. Nothing will be returned otherwise. The cost of shipping to
 the Festival and all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by
 the shipper/entrants.

【Festival Screenings】
 Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC.
 A selected film must be received at SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL no later than
 30 days prior to its scheduled screening date.
 We will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection,
 nor will fees be refunded in any such case.

 Screenings schedule is decided by SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL and SHINJUKU WORLD
 FESTIVAL reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason.
 SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of
 a change in scheduling.  
 No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

 All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than
 September 3, 2018.
 Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific
 to your entry.

 We take care of all materials submitted to our festival, however we cannot
 accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred
 en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure.
 Also Do NOT send original prints or master copies.

 SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL is held harmless from any and all claims,
 liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any
 claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

 -- Entry fee (must be paid online).
 --3-5 Line Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)
 --Less than 300 Word Treatment/Story
 (Synopsis and Treatment may be used for Festival Program&website)

 --Accepted entries must submit at least 1 digital, horizontal 300dpi still photo from
  the film and at least 3 web-ready still at 100dpi and a film's poster at 150 to 300dpi

Overall Rating
  • Liang Zhao

    Though I was not able to travel to attend the film festival, but I want to send out my appreciation of the whole team of being very friendly and communicative! It was a very joyful experience to be selected into the short film program. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to attend the film festival to watch amazing works from filmmakers all over the world.

    January 2020
  • Great festival, so friendly and so cinematic! Bravo!

    January 2020
  • Jing Sun

    Thank you Shinjuku World Festival so much for having Prey!!! The festival is so dedicated! Movies are so great!!! Love the communication part cause exchanging the ideas with the other filmmakers is the best thing! Highly recommended to independent filmmakers!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your comment and your attendance at the festival!

  • Great festival with great hospitality and communication. I'm thinking about submit my future work into the festival again. Thanks for providing this great platform to screen my work to the audience of Japan.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for attending the festival! We will improve and evolve more and more!

  • Felicity Tillack

    I attended as both a contributor and a guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Yusuke Hayami and his team have great taste and I loved the selection of short films they showed over the 3 days. The venue itself is beautiful and comfortable. The night of my screening was also an amazing experience as we were able to use the venue for several hours afterwards for networking and interaction with the audience. I hope the festival continues into the future and I look forward to my next opportunity to attend!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Felicity for coming all the way to Tokyo to attend the festival! We hope to see your next feature film!