YIDFF 2017 Information

YIDFF 2017 in Numbers

Thank you very much for your support in making the YIDFF 2017 a success.

During the festival week from Oct 5 to 12, we screened 161 films in total, welcomed a total of 22,089 festival-goers, 191 festival guests, 304 press and industry people. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended from around Japan and abroad, as well as the many volunteers who lent their support.

The next edition of the YIDFF is scheduled for October 2019. We will announce the open call for YIDFF 2019 entries next year.

YIDFF 2017 Schedule

October 5 (Thu) –12 (Thu), 2017


Official Catalog






Yamagata Rough Cut!

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  • Join the Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop! (It has been closed)



All film entries for YIDFF 2017 are now closed. Thank you to all who sent in submissions!

YIDFF 2017 Award Recipients

Prizes for the International Competition
Jurors: Ignacio Agüero (Chair), Dina Iordanova, Ranjan Palit, Shichiri Kei

The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize):
Communion  Dir: Anna Zamecka

The Mayor’s Prize:
A Memory in Khaki  Dir: Alfoz Tanjour

Awards of Excellence:
Lone Existence  Dir: Sha Qing
I Am Not Your Negro  Dir: Raoul Peck

Special Prize:
In the Intense Now  Dir: João Moreira Salles

New Asian Currents Awards
Jurors: Teddy Co, Shiozaki Toshiko

Ogawa Shinsuke Prize:
Yellowing  Dir: Chan Tze-Woon

Awards of Excellence:
The Slice Room  Dir: Song Yun-hyeok
Up Down & Sideways  Dir: Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar

Special Mentions:
Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno  Dir: Jung Yoon-suk
City of Jade  Dir: Midi Z

Citizens’ Prize
Sennan Asbestos Disaster  Dir: Hara Kazuo

Directors Guild of Japan Award
Up Down & Sideways  Dir: Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar

Jury Comments | About Prizes

YIDFF 2017 Facts and Figures

Total Films Shown: 161

Total Entries: 1,791 Films out of 128 Countries and Areas
  • Internatinal Competition
    1,146 Films out of 121 Countries and Areas
  • New Asian Currents
    645 Films out of 63 Countries and Areas

Attendance: 22,089

Guest: 191
Press: 304
Volunteers: 358