YIDFF 2005

October 7–13

YIDFF 2005 Programs

  • International Competition: Fifteen painstakingly selected works from around the world.
  • New Asian Currents: Introducing up-and-coming Asian documentary filmmakers.
  • BORDERS WITHIN—What It Means to Live in Japan: Focusing on the relationship between film and ethnic Koreans in Japan (zainichi), this special program assembles around fifty works that deal with zainichi from both Japanese and international perspectives, examining the hitherto overlooked visual history of these people.
  • all about me? Japanese and Swiss Personal Documentaries: A collaborative project with the Visions du Reel, International Film Festival Nyon, Switzerland. Screenings and discussions of “self documentaries” in Switzerland and Japan. With the support of SWISS FILMS and Pro Helvetia.
  • Yunnan Visual Forum in Yamagata: A joint presentation by the Yunnan Visual Forum held in Kunming in Yunnan, China, and Tohoku University of Art and Design the Tohoku Culture Research Center. Screenings and discussions regarding film festivals, visual education and visual culture that foster new approaches to modern visual anthropology, as well as new filmmakers and audiences.
  • Facing the Future and Walking Tall—The Endeavors of Taiwan’s “FullShot”
  • New Docs Japan: Introducing documentaries by some of Japan’s most adept filmmakers, including topical works that have featured in international film festivals overseas.
  • YIDFF Network Special Screenings: Ever since the very first film festival, volunteer group YIDFF Network have consistently come together to play a vital role in the running of the festival. 2 films were featured in this program, selected by the YIDFF Network from their own unique viewpoint.

YIDFF 2005 Information
Jury CommentsInternational Competition | New Asian Currents | BORDERS WITHIN | all about me? | Yunnan Visual Forum | FullShot | New Docs Japan | Other ScreeningsScheduleMap of Venues | Tickets | AccommodationFAQSponsors

Official Catalog
YIDFF 2005 Interviews

--YIDFF 2005 Award Recipients

Prizes for the International Competition
The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize):
Before the Flood Dir: Li Yifan, Yan Yu / CHINA

The Mayor’s Prize:
Route 181—Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel  Dir: Michel Khleifi, Eyal Sivan / BELGIUM, FRANCE, UK, GERMANY

Special Jury Prize:
Darwin’s Nightmare  Dir: Hubert Sauper / AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE

Awards of Excellence:
Foreland  Dir: Albert Elings, Eugenie Jansen / THE NETHERLANDS
About a Farm  Dir: Mervi Junkkonen / FINLAND

New Asian Currents Awards
Ogawa Shinsuke Prize:
The Cheese & The Worms  Dir: Kato Haruyo / JAPAN

Awards of Excellence:

President Mir Qanbar  Dir: Mohammad Shirvani / IRAN
Garden  Dir: Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash / ISRAEL

Special Mentions:

Dear Pyongyang  Dir: Yang Yonghi / JAPAN
The Spirit of 8  Dir: Li Chia-hua / TAIWAN

Citizens’ Prize
In the Shadow of the Palms—Iraq  Dir: Wayne Coles-Janess / AUSTRALIA

The Cheese & The Worms  Dir: Kato Haruyo / JAPAN

FIPRESCI Best Short Film:

Keep the Change  Dir: Ceren Bayar, Dilek İyigün, Elif Karadenizli, Özge Kendirci, Savaş İlhan / TURKEY

Community Cinema Award
Darwin’s Nightmare  Dir: Hubert Sauper / AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE

Jury Comments | About Prizes

--YIDFF 2005 Facts and Figures

Total Films Shown: 145

International Competition 15 _
Jurors’ Films 8  
Special Invitation Films 3  
New Asian Currents 27  
all about me? 16  
Yunnan Visual Forum 9  
FullShot 5  
New Docs Japan 9  
YIDFF Network Special Screening 2  

Total Entries: 1,628 Films out of 104 Countries and Areas
  • Internatinal Competition
    950 Films out of 94 Countries and Areas
  • New Asian Currents
    678 Films out of 49 Countries and Areas

Attendance: 19,963

Guest: 184 (including 103 from overseas)
Press: 292 (including 20 from overseas)
Volunteers: 275