September and October Film Festivals and 2019 Film Festivals Open for Submission

Even though the heat continues to bear down on us, the eventual changing of the season from summer to autumn means more than cool, comfortable temperatures and the colorful fall foliage. It is also the season of film festivals all throughout Japan! This week we bring to you a list of notable film festivals during September and October.  I also included a few 2019 film festivals that are currently open for submission. (If you’re interested in submitting your film to a film festival take a look at the following blogposts written by my predecessor, Ryushi:

How to Get Your Movie Into a Film Festival – Part I

How to Get Your Movie Into a Film Festival – Part II

September Film Festivals

Aichi International Women’s Film Festival 2018

9/5 (Wed) ~ 9/9 (Sun)

Venue: Will Aichi

40th PIA Film Festival

9/8 (Sat) ~ 9/22 (Sat)
Venue: National Film Archive of Japan

Focus on Asia – Fukuoka International Film Festival

9/15 (Fri) ~ 9/23 (Sun)

Venues: Canal City Hakata:

Nara International Film Festival 2018

9/20 (Thur) ~ 9/24 (Mon)
Various Venues in Nara City:

Kansai Queer Film Festival 2018

Osaka Venue

9/22 (Sat) ~ 9/24 (Mon)
Toyonaka STEP (Toyonaka Gender Equality Promotion Center)

Kyoto Venue:

10/19 (Fri) ~ 10/21 (Sun)
Kyoto University Seibu Kodo (West Auditorium)


October Film Festivals

Mito Short Film Festival

10/6 (Sat) ~ 10/8 (Mon)

Venue: ACM Theater at Art Tower Mito

13th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market

10/11 (Thur) ~ 10/14 (Sun); Special/Awards Screenings 10/19 (Fri) ~ 10/21 (Sun)

Kyoto International Film and Art Festival

10/12 (Thur) ~ 10/15 (Sun)

Various locations throughout Kyoto

31st Tokyo International Film Festival

10/25 (Thur) ~ 11/3 (Sat)
Roppongi Hills / EX Theater Roppongi and Other Venues in Tokyo


Film Festivals Currently Open for Submission

The 6th Green Image Film Festival

Festival Dates: February 22, 2019 ~ February 24, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018

Submission Requirements:

13th Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018

Festival Dates: March 3, 2019 ~ March 17, 2019

Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018

Submission Requirements:

Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2019

(From 2018 Festival)

Festival Dates: March 2019 (Dates To Be Announced)

Submission Deadline: December 24, 2019

Entry form under construction, email [email protected] to receive entry form once it’s complete.

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