Emerging filmmakers will be given the opportunity to develop ideas for film projects in Kyoto then pitch the idea to actual producers and directors. Two winning projects (tentative) will be awarded a subsidy for their demo film production.

Sponsored by: Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO)
Kyoto Prefectural Government

Supported by: Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-KANSAI)

In cooperation
Toei Co., Ltd.
Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd.
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
The Museum of Kyoto
Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Film Production
Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Faculty of Arts, Department of Media Design

& Deadlines
September 30th (Fri) – November 7th (Mon), 2011
*Applications must arrive no later than November 7th.

[Date] November 27th (Sun), 2011

[Venue] Shochiku Kyoto Studio

(1) Project must be designed by an emerging filmmaker or person in the film industry.

(2) Applicants must be 40 years old or younger, and experienced in filmmaking.

(3) Both professional and amateur applicants are welcome.

(4) Applicants must be able to make a presentation in Japanese.

(5) This contest is limited to individuals only. Applications from companies, teams, groups or organizations will not be accepted.

(All projects must meet at least one of the following conditions)
① Project is historically themed or of the period film/jidaigeki genre

② Film is shot solely in Kyoto Prefecture

*Project must be an unreleased and unpublished work. Projects which are part of a larger series of works (prequels, sequels etc.) will not be accepted.
*Project must be accompanied by a business plan encompassing possible plans for theater distribution, television broadcasting, video and/or DVD sales, online publishing, international marketing etc.

[Application] Applicants will submit a completed application form and business plan to the Kyoto Film Pitching Contest Committee by post or email. The project outline should be A4-size and no longer than six pages including a cover page which contains your name and project title. The committee will send applicants a confirmation notice once the application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation notice, please contact the committee.


Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (WORD)

[Contact] Kyoto Film Pitching Contest Committee
(c/o Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), Kyoto Office)
9, Nishihachioka-cho, Uzumasa, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-8163, Japan
TEL/FAX: +81-(0)75-862-8091 e-mail: kyoto@vipo.or.jp

[URL] http://www.vipo.or.jp/ja/kyoto/

Selection Process

In preliminary selection the committee will choose 5-10 projects among the entries. Results will be announced in mid-November. Successful candidates will be asked to attend the Kyoto Film Pitching Contest and give a presentation on November 27th (Sun). The committee welcomes all applicants to attend the contest as audience members regardless of whether or not your project was selected.

Demo Film Production

Approximately 6 million yen will be divided among the winning projects for demo film production.

*Demo film production will be monitored with cooperation from Toei Studios Kyoto and Shochiku Kyoto Studio.
* Below is a tentative schedule for demo film production.

December, 2011: Preproduction
January – Feburary 2012: Production (including post-production)
March, 2012: Submission of completed demo film

Presentation at the “Kyoto Film Pitching” contest

Successful candidates will be asked to attend the Kyoto Film Pitching Contest to give a 10-minute presentation on November 27th (Sun). For the contest they are required to prepare a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint as well as provide a completed application form and the business plan. Please inform the committee in advance if the presentation will include a video clip. In the event that the video format is not supported, the committee will confer with the candidate directly.

Candidates’ presentations will be evaluated with comments and advice from the judges listed below.

Candidates making presentations at the Kyoto Film Pitching Contest are required to stay in Kyoto on November 27th. The committee will pay for domestic transportation and accommodation for one person per a project.

Intellectual Property Rights
(Music, Videos or Other Creative Works)

Creative work such as music, video and literary and visual compositions are protected under intellectual property laws. To be eligible for this contest all intellectual properties featured in your project must be cleared for use by their right holders or copyright collection societies prior to application submission. Applicants are solely responsible for all repercussions resulting from a lack of preparation.

Kyoto Film Pitching Judges

Kaizo Hayashi
(Film Director / Professor of Department of Film Production, Kyoto University of Arts and Design)

Kenzo Horikoshi
(Film Producer / Professor and the Dean of Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Kiyoshi Kuwata
(Chief Director of Film Production Department, TV Asahi Corporation)

Takashi Nishimura
(Secretary General of UNIJAPAN)

Isao Takenaka
(Director of Yoshimoto Creative Agency Co., Ltd.)

* Judges are subject to change.