With the recent development of digital tools, new found freedom of expressions is now wide-spreading regardless of age, experience, and culture and creating new business models. SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL is an international competitive film festival with a focus on films shot and edited solely on digital.
Since the inception in 2004, the festival has been held annually seeking high quality innovative submissions from all over the world exploring new possibility for digital expression. Our aim is to discover the next generation of filmmakers and support the development of new kind of audio-visual industry.
The festival features three competition categories: Feature Length Competition, which accepts submissions from all over the world, and Short Length Competition and Animation Competition, which accepts domestic submissions only. Starting in 2009, the SKIP CITY AWARD has been awarded to Japanese films to support the up and coming Japanese filmmakers and their activities at SKIP City. The Short Length Competition and Animation competition have been limited to the works by Japanese filmmakers in order to provide support for emerging talent.
For the Feature Length, Short Length and Animation Competitions, the jury consists of film industry professionals in and out of Japan. After the pre-selection process, the finalists are screened to be judged by the jury during the festival and the awards are given at the closing ceremony.
All the finalists are screened with 4K digital cinema projectors at the state of the art theaters during the festival. The audience members have opportunities to interact with filmmakers from all over the world as well as the jurors and other film industry professionals.
After screening their films at the festival, many of the festival graduates have gone on to build careers in and out of Japan. For international cinema, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won Best Picture with Climates in the 2007 edition of our festival, scored three consecutive wins at Cannes Film Festival for Best Director with Three Monkeys (2008), Grand Prize with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), and Palme d'Or with Winter Sleep (2014). In addition, after premiering at our festival, Simple Simon, the winner of Special Jury Award in the 2011 edition, and Matterhorn, the winner of Best Picture in the 2014 edition, were released theatrically in Japan and became box office hits.
For Japanese cinema, Kazuya Shiraishi, who won the SKIP CITY Award in the 2009 edition with Lost Paradise in Tokyo, completed his brand new film Twisted Justice. Ryota Nakano, who won the Best Director and SKIP CITY Award in the 2012 edition with Capturing Dad, directed Her Love Boils Bathwater, which was theatrically released nationwide in October, 2016. Yuichiro Sakashita, who won the Special Jury Award with Kanagawa University of Fine Arts, Office of Film Research in the 2013 edition, will make his commercial debut with Any Way the Wind Blows, set to be released on January 21 of 2017. Many exciting new talents grabbed their opportunities after showing their films at our festival.
We encourage filmmakers to seize business opportunities and hope to become a springboard for the audacious young filmmakers.