YIDFF 2023 Information

YIDFF 2023 Overview

We are pleased to announce the program for the upcoming Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2023, taking place from October 5 (Thu) to 12 (Thu). It will be the first time in four years that the festival is held physically.

This year’s festival will once again offer the powerful experience of watching cutting-edge art cinema that captures the world’s “here and now” on the silver screen, the joys of enjoying and discussing exceptional films with a large audience, and forums overflowing with heated excitement. Yamagata in autumn is blessed with abundant hot springs, cuisine, and beautiful natural scenery, and is the perfect place to enjoy the latest world-class films. We hope you will come join us!

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2023

October 5 (Thu) –12 (Thu), 2023
Yamagata Central Public Hall, Yamagata Citizens’ Hall, Forum Yamagata, Yamagata Creative City Center Q1 and more
[Presented by]
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (NPO)
[Co-Presented by]
Yamagata City
[Supported by]
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
[Special Partner]
National Film Archive of Japan
[In Cooperation with]
Unifrance; Institut français du Japon; Goethe-Institut Tokyo; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan); Taiwan Culture Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan; JSPS KAKENHI Project (B) No. 20H01200 “Women Pioneers in Japanese Cinema” (PI: Prof. Chika Kinoshita / Kyoto University)
[With the assistance of]
YIDFF 2023 Sponsors: With the assistance of








YIDFF 2023 Award Recipients

Prizes for the International Competition
Jurors: Yang Yonghi (Chair), Oskar Alegria, Erika Balsom, Chen Chieh-Jen, Zhang Lu

The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize):
A Night of Knowing Nothing  Dir: Payal Kapadia

The Mayor’s Prize:
The Visit and a Secret Garden  Dir: Irene M. Borrego

Awards of Excellence:
Self-Portrait: 47 KM 2020  Dir: Zhang Mengqi
Notes for a Film  Dir: Ignacio AgŁero

Special Jury Prize:
Knit’s Island  Dir: Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L’helgoualc'h

New Asian Currents Awards
Jurors: Lim Kah Wai, Tan Kai Syng

Ogawa Shinsuke Prize:
Losing Ground  Dir: anonymous

Awards of Excellence:
A Lost Heart and Other Dreams of Beirut  Dir: Maya Abdul-Malak
Trip to Lost Days  Dir: Shen Ruilan

Citizens’ Prizes
Land of My Dreams  Dir: Nausheen Khan

Directors Guild of Japan Award
Parallel World  Dir: Hsiao Mei-ling

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