photo : Akiko Mizuno
About Film Festival
Ishigakijima (Ishigaki Island) and Shonan are the area surrounded by nature that is best described as unique, majestic and alluring.
Ishigakijima and Shonan International Documentary Film Festival will be held at the "Yui Road Theater" etc, the southernmost theater in Japan. The keyphrase of the festival is "Young People × Senior." Screening many domestic and international documentary films, we will create an idealistic opportunity for young people of this generation and knowledgeable seniors to interact, dialogue and learn through the films.
Awards for each category
Audience Prize Award（50,000yen）
International Competition Division（50,000yen)
※Other special prizes etc. may be established.
It must be work produced after January 1, 2018.
Must be a documentary film of 5 minutes or more, maximum 15 minutes.
The piece must be created by the director as an intended documentary
(It is also possible to cover works based on facts and works reproducing the facts).
※It must fall under any of the following
Works that not only highlight and criticize problems, highlighting issues in the area, the community, workplace etc but also suggesting solutions and the different approach to the way of life.
Work that makes use of a particular point of view and sensibility relevant to the generation to which the producer relates to.
International Competition Division(Add points to student or over 60 years old and with subtitles in English or Japanese.)
Domestic student A department (vocational school, university, graduate school)
Domestic student B department (high school student or less department)
Domestic senior division (over 60 years old)
General department (non-student and under 60years old department)
Yaeyama local film department (Add points to students or workers over 60 years old and set in the Yaeyama district)
The application deadline is September 30, 2019.
※ Because non-students and under 60years old strongly required to create a general department, we added a general department (from June 2019). However, when judging the Grand Prize, International Competition Division, and Yaeyama local film department, the student and over 60 years old shall be judged by adding points.
About the Examination
1. Upon selection by the preliminary review executive committee, we will select the prize-winning works screened at this film festival from all entries. We will inform you of the selection by e-mail.
2. From the final screening, award winning films will be selected for each prize in the category by a final judge panel consisting of experts involved in the film/video industry, including professional film directors.
（ expected person ）
Film Director /
Tokyo University of the Art, Graduate School Professor
Film Director /
Nihon TV Lab Senior Creator
Film Director /
Former Fuji TV Director
* Please fill in the following items and send it to the following Film Festival Secretary by email.
Ishigakijima and Shonan International Documentary Film Festival Secretary
Post the finalised documentary on Youtube or Vimeo media format and enter its URL in the application. If it is protected with a password, please enter the password also.
※ Movie files can not be sent via online storage
(2) Introduce the film in 200 characters or less, included within the email.
(3) Describe the director's history/career in 100 characters or less, included within the email.
(4) Other requirements (title of the film, duration, name of director/s, name of applicant, address, telephone number, email address)
(5) Make sure to add English or Japanese subtitles to films created in languages other than English.
Official Screening and Selection of winning Films
We will inform the applicant of the selection of their film via email (Late October 2019).
The selected works will be posted on the official website.
※ We will not be providing explanations on the reasons for selection, so please be forewarned. However, as for the prize-winning films, the final review committee will review the selected films at the screening event.
Please submit a DVD (Region Free, Region Code "2") to the secretary via post etc. after your selection notice, as films selected for the official screening films of the Ishigaki Island Documentary Film Festival.
The submitted DVD can not be returned, please be forewarned.
About Copyright Handling
The copyright belongs to the applicant himself / herself.
Do not infringe human rights and copyrights of others.
The music used in the work must be copyright free or obtain prior permission of the copyright owner.
Partial use of manga, literature, television, movies, etc. must have obtained prior permission from the copyright holder.
After the festival ends, please note that the winning works may be released online based on the director's wishes.
Terms and conditionsUpon entry, we will complete the necessary procedures for the copyright used in the work. In the unlikely event that a claim such as infringement of rights or damages is made from a third party, the applicant shall take full responsibility, and the organizer shall not take any responsibility.
Early sale of 1 day ticket - 1000 yen (Scheduled to be sold by E-mail from July 2019)
【Organizer】Ishigakijima and Shonan International Documentary Film Festival Executive Committee / NPO KANATAN
【Support】 Okinawa Prefecture, City of Ishigaki, City of Yokosuka, City of Ishigaki Board of Education, City of Ishigaki Tourism Exchange Association, Taketomi Town Board of Education, Taketomi Town Tourism Association, Yui Lodging Theater, Ishigaki Cable Television Corporation and others.
Ishigaki and Shonan International Documentary Film Festival