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Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

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  • Yamagata, Japan October 2015, TBA
    This festival runs biennally every other odd year
  • Call for Entry Deadline: April 2015, TBA
  • Festival Data:
    • Established: 1989
    • Attendance: 23387
    • Media Attendance: 347
    • Accredited Industry Attendance: 112
    • Total Number of Films Submitted: 1796
    • Total Number of Films Screened: 238
    • Competitive
    • Catalog
    • Has Panels
  • Festival Website:
    http:/ / www.yidff.jp
  • Festival Description:

    Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) strives to screen radical documentaries from around the world. The program consists of:

    International Competition: A program that began with the very first YIDFF. Feature-length works were sought from around the world, and from the 969 entries emerges a stringent selection of 15 cinematic gems, richly varied and representing the vanguard of world filmmaking.

    New Asian Currents: This program endeavors to uncover and support rising Asian filmmakers, including those whose work shows signs of nascent promise. Waves of talent from around the region continue to surge forth, gathering momentum from year to year. Get a head start on discovering the next global filmmaking sensations in Yamagata!

    Facing the Past—German Documentaries: From the Nazi era, WWII, partition, the collapse of the Berlin Wall to reunification, Germany has endured an epoch of upheaval. With a focus on war responsibility and “overcoming the past,” and furthermore the various issues left behind by East Germany, this program studies the ways in which German documentarians have faced up to their own history.

    Dramatic Science! —Yamagata Science Theater: The wonders of nature, the mechanisms of life and the infinite universe . . . enjoy the dramatic delights of science films in this special program. The wonderful living world of French filmmaker Jean Painleve; early science films from Germany’s world-renowned UFA; a tribute to the late director, “cosmologist of life” and Yamagata native Higuchi Genichiro; and a selection of classic Japanese science films! Welcome to the amazing world of “science (non) fiction,” offering excitement for children and adults alike!

    The festival also includes the Asian Network of Documentary (AND)’s workshop for up-and-coming filmmakers from around Asia; New Docs Japan which displays the diversity of Japanese documentary; special invitation screenings, jurors’ films and a whole lot more. Apart from screenings, there’ll also be a constantly evolving array of talk events, discussions and more.

  • Email:info(at)yidff.jp
    Mailing Address: YIDFF Organizing Committee Office (Yamagata Office) 2-3-25 Hatago-machi, Yamagata-shi,
    Yamagata 990-8540


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  • Prizes for the International Competition
    The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize):
    Encirclement—Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy Dir: Richard Brouillette

    The Mayor’s Prize:
    Oblivion Dir: Heddy Honigmann

    Awards of Excellence:
    Z32 Dir: Avi Mograbi
    The Fortress Dir: Fernand Melgar

    Special Prize:
    Japan: A Story of Love and Hate Dir: Sean McAllister

    New Asian Currents Awards
    Ogawa Shinsuke Prize:
    American Alley Dir: Kim Dong-ryung

    Awards of Excellence:
    Bilal Dir: Sourav Sarangi
    This is Lebanon Dir: Eliane Raheb

    Special Mentions:
    Spiral Staircase of Harbin Dir: Ji Dan
    Ximaojia Universe Dir: Mao Chenyu

    Citizens’ Prizes
    Japan: A Story of Love and Hate Dir: Sean McAllister
    Yuri—About Loving Dir: Azuma Mieko

    Community Cinema Award
    Bilal Dir: Sourav Sarangi

    Directors Guild of Japan Award
    Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic Dir: Cong Feng
  • Prizes for the International Competition were chosen by the jury which was made up of: Hasumi Shigehiko (President), Pedro Costa, Alanis Obomsawin, Kidlat Tahimik and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize): "FENGMING A Chinese Memoir"
    Directed by: Wang Bing (CHINA)

    The Mayor’s Prize: "Encounters"
    Directed by: Pierre-Marie Goulet (PORTUGAL, FRANCE)

    Runner-up Prizes: "Potosi, the Journey"
    Directed by:Ron Havilio (ISRAEL, FRANCE)

    Directed by: Nicolás Prividera (ARGENTINA)

    Special Prize: "Tarachime birth/mother"
    Directed by: Kawase Naomi (JAPAN)

    New Asian Currents Awards were chosen by a jury that included Byun Young-joo and Nakazato Isao

    Ogawa Shinsuke Prize: "Bingai"
    Directed by: Feng Yan (CHINA)

    Awards of Excellence: "The Drown Sea"
    Directed by: Yuslam Fikri Anshari (Yufik) (INDONESIA)

    "Back Drop Kurdistan"
    Directed by: Nomoto Masaru (JAPAN, TURKEY, NEW ZEALAND)

    Special Mention: "Somewhere over the Cloud"
    Directed by: Hsiao Mei-ling (TAIWAN)

    Citizens’ Prize: "Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine"
    Directed by: Jan Hinrik Drevs, René Harder (GERMANY)

    "Back Drop Kurdistan"
    Directed by: Nomoto Masaru (JAPAN, TURKEY, NEW ZEALAND)

    Community Cinema Award: "Bingai"
    Directed by: Feng Yan (CHINA )
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