Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival


Years running: 33 (since 1989)

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.


By bringing together documentary films and valuable visual media from around the world, the YIDFF offers all festival participants a space for sharing the richness of visual culture and facilitating international exchange, and also provides support to filmmakers. Moreover, YIDFF conducts activities to promote visual culture throughout the year, with the aim of contributing to local development.



International Competition:

  • The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize) ¥2,000,000,
  • The Mayor’s Prize ¥1,000,000,
  • Two Awards of Excellence ¥300,000 each,
  • Special Prize ¥300,000.

New Asian Currents:

  • Ogawa Shinsuke Prize ¥500,000,
  • Two Awards of Excellence ¥300,000 each.


International Competition:

  • Producers intend that the work is a documentary.
  • The work has not been released publicly in Japan (screenings in theaters or TV broadcast); 
  • Shorts will not be accepted;
  • The work produced after April 1, 2019.
  • Subtitles language: english

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send 2 DVDs with submitted film by mail. Entrants may also submit

    Press kit and Film stills online.

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.




Official Website




Contact: HATA Ayumi, OCHIAI Hitomi
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (NPO)
#201, 9-52 Kinomi-cho, Yamagata City 990-0044 JAPAN

Tel: 81-23-666-4480

Email: info@yidff.jp

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 01, 2020
  • Deadline
    April 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    7 — 14 October 2021
Categories & Fees

Shorts will not be accepted.

  • Deadline — free

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