Regulations for Competition 2013


October 17th (Thu.) to October 25th (Fri.)


The Tokyo International Film Festival (hereafter referred to as TIFF) regulations follow the Regulations for International Film Festival provided by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

ARTICLE 1: Eligibility

All films selected and invited for the Competition must meet the following conditions:

Must be films completed after January 1st, 2013.
Should not have been screened at main competition section of "competitive feature film festivals (non-specialised)" accredited by FIAPF*1 prior to TIFF.
Must have its Asian Premiere at TIFF. World and International Premieres are given priority.
Japanese films must have its World Premiere.
Must be feature films (including animation) running over 60 minutes.
Documentary films are not eligible.
Screening material should be in digital format (in high definition), with English subtitles.

The application of these conditions belongs at the discretion of TIFF.

*1 Please refer to FIAPF's official web site for the list of accredited Festivals:

ARTICLE 2: Prizes

TIFF will award the following prizes in accordance with the decision of the International Competition Jury who is obliged to award the following prizes:

-Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix (for the producer and the director *2)
cash prize of 50,000 USD

-Special Jury Prize (for the producer and the director *2)
cash prize of 20,000 USD

-Award for Best Director
cash prize of 5,000 USD

-Award for Best Actress
cash prize of 5,000 USD

-Award for Best Actor
cash prize of 5,000 USD

-Award for Best Artistic Contribution (Photography, Sound, Art Direction, Music, Script etc.)
cash prize of 5,000 USD

*2 The cash prize is to be shared equally by the producer and the director.

ARTICLE 3: Invitation

TIFF will invite the director and the lead actor/actress of selected film.

ARTICLE 4: Entry for Pre-Selection

Entry Form must be submitted through Festival's website:

Those who are qualified according to the conditions of Article 1 hereinabove may apply to the Competition by submitting the references and materials requested in the Entry Form.
All the materials should be sent to:
Tokyo International Film Festival : Competition Section
All the materials must be shipped prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers and received by TIFF no later than July 12th, 2013. The materials submitted to the Festival will not be returned.
*Please note in advance, that in case your film includes images which are in contravention to the Japanese law, the DVD may not be accepted by the Japanese customs, in which case, the DVD will be returned back to the sender.
The result of Pre-Selection will be notified via e-mail by mid September 2013.

ARTICLE 5: Materials for the Selected Films

Participants whose films have been selected are required to send the following materials to TIFF.

Entry Sheet (provided by TIFF, for all necessary information regarding the selected film)
- TO BE FILLED-OUT AND RETURNED TO TIFF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE upon acceptance of the Invitation.
Dialogue lists in original-language, English Subtitle List & Spotting List for Japanese subtitles
Digital Photo Data (*350dpi, jpg format): main photo of the film, sub cuts of the film, and the director photo
2 DVD screeners with English subtitle *for Japanese subtitling and DVD Library
Trailer and Excerpts of the film in HDCAM, Digital Betacam SP
English Press Kit for TIFFCOM market
10 posters

Materials 1-4 listed above must reach the address on ARTICLE 4, 2), no later than September 2nd, 2013.
The shipping fees for the above materials must be borne by participants.

ARTICLE 6: Screening Materials and Subtitles for the Selected Films

Screening materials should reach the address on ARTICLE 4, 2), between September 9th-13th, 2013.

All films will be screened in the original-language version with both English and Japanese subtitles, except for films in English version, which will be shown with Japanese subtitles only.

ARTICLE 7: Submission Agreement

Person responsible for the submission must agree with the below:

Cannot withdraw their entry once they have signed the Agreement Form for the official selection.
Shall give careful attention to a third party (ex. Japanese distributor) who might interfere with this agreement.

ARTICLE 8: Understanding & Acceptance

Participants in the Competition are deemed to have fully understood and accepted all the regulations and entry form. Matters not covered by the regulations and entry form and any questions arising thereof will be resolved by the TIFF Organizing Committee in accordance with the regulations of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Deadline for the competition entries: July 12th, 2013

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