【We are open again! 】
This time the Festival expands to 3 cities in Japan, Tokyo, Nagano, Ibaraki !
We accept films completed since 1st January 2015.

2019 Festival was very successful with high quality and yet independent spirited films.
Some of the films have amazing casts such as Yui Masayuki (Akira Kurosawa film), Naoto Takenaka (Shall we dance), Gérard Depardieu (Academy awards winner) .

We also invited the producer Mr. Bruce J. Nachbar (Party of Five) to talk about Hollywood filmmaking.

Our Festival was founded by TOKYO CINEMA UNION, Japan's probably only Filmmakers Union, to provide opportunity for filmmakers to have broader and wider exposure to the audience.

The Festival is super focused on Filmmakers Exposure and their VERY NEXT STEP.

In that regard, we are glad to announce this great news!
We secured Japanese Online Distribution of the films which are nominated at our festival via DOKUSO (Japanese VOD).

Also we are now expanding our Festival to 3 cities!
Your nominated film will be screened in three cities and this means a lot more exposure.

The Festival and Dokuso (VOD) and 3 Cities will be working and promoting in coordination so that the nominated film will have maximum exposure and impact.

SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL will be held in the central TOKYO and Also NAGANO (Southern Japan )and IBARAKI (Northern Japan)

The Festival focuses on "DISCOVERING CULTURE" through cinema, celebrating cultural diversities.

LOVE, MUSIC, FOOD, LGBT, COMEDY and ANIME are the prominent categories.
We have also FICTION DRAMA category.

We are passionate about ART of STORY TELLING.
We are eager to get those stories out into the world. We believe so many great stories have to be told in this world.

And Independent films can do that. Telling stories about social issues, human rights, art, and more... all these are universal theme that connects us all.

As Akira Kurosawa puts it "Cinema can bring world peace"

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.

In Japanese

2019年にスタートした映画祭はハイクオリティな作品と情熱的な映画制作者たちのおかげで大成功を収めました。黒澤明監督映画に出演する油井 昌由樹さんの出演映画や竹中直人さん(Shall We Danceなど)やフランスの名優ジェラールドパルデューさん(アカデミー賞)の作品など沢山の作品に恵まれました。



映画祭のテーマは世界の多様性、多彩な文化を「発見 DISCOVER」する。


作品は「物語を語る STORY TELLING」にフォーカスしたものを募集しています。


・BEST FILM : Trophy
・BEST ACTOR : Trophy

【Submission Format】
 Online Screener via FilmFreeway

【Submission Eligibility】
 - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2015.
 - 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.
 -The film you submit has cleared all licensing and rights for the screening.

【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.

 Film needs to be transferred to either 24fps or 30fps (NTSC frame rate)

 Please provide stills of the film for publicity.
 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format.

 Please provide subtitles in SRT. English films also need English subtitle in SRT

 We do not accept any shipping.

【Festival Screenings】
 A selected film must be received at SHINJUKU WORLD FESTIVAL no later than
 7 days after the nomination announcement by us.

 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.

 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

In Japanese

 - 2015年1月1日以降に制作された作品
 - プレミアポリシーはありません
 - 制作途中の作品は受け付けません
 - 配給が決まっている作品もOK
 - 英語字幕を必ずご用意ください
 - 複数の作品のエントリーも可能ですが作品ごとにエントリーください
 - 応募作品の上映に関わる権利関係を事前にクリアしてください


 サイズは最高で 1920 x 1080.











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
  • Slony Sow

    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!