Japan World Film Festival is rapidly growing International Film Festival.
JWFF runs in 3 venues and cities in Japan giving much wider exposer for the nominated filmmakers.We showcase high quality short films from around the world in Tokyo, Nagano and Ibaraki celebrating art and culture.

JWFF believe in the power of cinema that ties the world together.
We value films with true voice regardless of the size of the production.
The Festival is purely the audience centric. That’s where cinema belongs and if you are a cinema auteur this is the place for you.

Films with deep themes and messages, bold and daring approaches by filmmakers will move the audience.
We look for high quality and yet independent spirited films.Our mission is to enhance human life through cinema.
JWFF is pure and simple, "great cinematic experience first"
It doesn't matter the budget nor star names, with or without, if the narrative story is compelling and it has the deepest message that has to be told then the audience will appreciate it. This is our spirit and it has not changed since the incubation.

The past screenings included the films with 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.

We are inspired by the cinema pioneers, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Jean Luc Godard, and many more, the auteurs who speak their mind without any filters.

Our Festival was proudly 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.
The nominated film may have a chance to be screened in three cities and this means a lot more exposure.

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 spirited 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"

SINCE 2017

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 FILM IBARAKI : 100,000yen
・BEST ACTOR : Trophy

【Submission Format】
 Online Screener via FilmFreeway

【Submission Eligibility】
 - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
 - 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 JAPAN WORLD FILM 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.
 Mpeg 4 files are accepted. Codec must be H264 or Prores.
 Maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080.

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

 We do not accept any shipping.

【Festival Screenings】
 A selected film must be received at JAPAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (JWFF) no later than
 14 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.

 SELECTED Film needs to be transferred to either 24fps or 30fps (NTSC frame rate)
 Please provide subtitles in SRT. English films also need English subtitle in SRT

 Screenings schedule is decided by JWFF and JWFF reserves the right to make
changes at any time for any reason.

 JWFF 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.

 JWFF 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

 - 2017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
 - 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
  • Chrstiane Hilbert

    Sooo great! Very nice! We love them!

    November 2021
  • 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!