Niigata International Animation Film Festival

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
15/03/2025 - 20/03/2025
Niigata, Japan
Final submission deadline
Submission/Registration Fee

Event Description: The festival will screen feature films for theatres, and feature films for platforms, but also feature films remounted from TV series for theatrical release on an equal basis with theatrical works. 

"VOD has changed the way we watch movies and the codes of cinema. The 7th art has become accessible and mobile. The experience of watching a film at home is different from the one in a movie theater, where time, space, and reactions are shared. Our ambition is to honor every animated film, whether it is shown in theaters, on VOD services or on television. We refuse to rank anime by the form of its exploitation. Creativity and storytelling are at the heart of our festival" - Tadashi Sudo - Program director

● Animated films are now being produced all over the world, in Asia, Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. Each country produces works that vary greatly in style, carrying different stories and cultural values. Previously intended for children and fans, animation is becoming increasingly popular around the world. In this context, and while the major animation events tend to be centered in Europe and North America, the Niigata International Animation Film Festival wants to give animation its rightful place every year, in the heart of Asia by creating a place for meeting, exchange and transmission that brings new perspectives to the world.


Festival Director: Shinichiro Inoue (former Editor-in-Chief of Newtype)
Artistic Director: Tadashi Sudo (Animation Journalist)
Secretary General: Taro Maki (Producer of Genco/"In This Corner of the World" "Mobile Police Patlabor" production)

2024 Call for Entries

The 2nd Niigata International Animation Film Festival will take place from 15 to 20 March 2024 in Niigata City.

Eligibility criteria

  • The festival accepts only feature animation films with a total of 40 minutes or longer, including end credit. No limit to the methods of animation.
  • The work has to be completed in or after the year 2022.
  • The film has to come with English subtitles unless the work is in Japanese at the time of the entry. For the Japanese-only video, English subtitles will be required after shortlisting.
  • Either the director, producer or the applicant is entitled and responsible for distributing the film. There should be no issues with screening at NIAFF 2024.
  • All of the copyrights of music, characters, and other entities with copyrights shall be cleared to screen during the NIAFF 2024. The festival has no responsibility for legal matters with the third party to the submitted work, including infringement of rights and damages.
  • The work should never have been applied to NIAFF in the past.

Niigata International Animation Film Festival 2024 (NIAFF 2024) is hosted by Niigata International Animation Film Festival Executive Committee and operated by the Niigata International Film Festival Office.


2023 Festival Coverage

Grand Prix was Awarded to Blind Willow and Sleeping Woman by Pierre Földes. (original author Haruki MURAKAMI)
“Contemporary literature met the best way to illustrate its world” – Mamoru Oshii, President of the Jury commented.

The Grand Prix was won by “Blind Willow and Sleeping Woman” directed by Pierre Földes. The film was based on the six short stories of Murakami, “Super-Frog Saved Tokyo”, “Birthday Girl” “Kaitsuburi”, “Blind Willow and Sleeping Woman” “The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women”, “UFO in Kushiro” 

President of the Jury, Mamoru Oshii commented on the film for the reason of awarding:

“Those who saw the film must have been shocked by this awarding. The film looks sober at a glance, but the film style is just appropriate to describe contemporary literature. This is the only one in which three of the juries had no disagreement with the award.”

The brand-new awards were invented for this film festival. KABUKU Award was won by “Khamsa – The Well of Oblivion (directed by Vynom)”, Kyokai Sho or Evolve Award was won by “Thee Wreckers Tetralogy (directed by late Rost). Honorable Mention was won by “Vampire in the Garden; the Movie (directed by Ryotaro Makihara)”

NB: 2025 Festival Dates are tentative



Event Dates

  • From 15/03/2025 to 20/03/2025

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