Nov.3th - 6th, 2022 New Chitose Airport Terminal, Hokkaido JAPAN

New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival November 20th - 23rd,2020


“NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT PITCH 2022” will be held during the 9th edition of New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival (3-6 November 2022). The purpose of the effort is to encourage Japanese directors and producers residing in Japan to seize chances to promote and work internationally and to foster a rich animation culture. Commentators will include producers and others from Japan and abroad, providing an opportunity for Pitch participants to connect with and showcase their work broadly to an international network.

The festival office will conduct the initial selection of the submitted projects, and the project speakers selected will give a presentation during the festival (open to the public and streamed online with English interpretation).

We would welcome “Pitch Commentators” who will give and offer their views and opinions on the participating projects. Producers who are interested in new original projects by outstanding Japanese artists, please check the requirements below and contact us (no honorarium will be paid).

Seeking Commentators:
(1) Producers wishing to participate as commentators are invited to contact the Festival Office with the following information.
Address to: Tomoko Ono (Chief Director)

1. The purpose for participating as a commentator (e.g., co-production, just out of interest, and so on)
2. Your bio

(2) Process and Schedule
Proposal materials on each participating project will be sent to the commentators in advance so that they can comment on the projects they like. The speakers will make project presentations based on the feedback received at the “New Chitose Airport Pitch 2022” during the Festival. The presentations can be viewed onsite and also an online viewing of recorded video with an English interpretation will be available for a limited period of time after the festival. You are invited to contact directly the projects you would be interested in funding after watching the presentations.

Early to mid-October: We will send you a set of materials on the participating projects.

Week of 24 October: You will make comments on the projects that you like, or are interested in, in the format provided by the festival (any feedback, additional information you’d like to know, advice, questions, etc.). The comments received will be passed on to the participants prior to the festival.

During the Festival: The presentations will be recorded, translated into English, and will be available for online viewing later for a certain period of time. We will notify you as soon as the video is released.

We very much look forward to welcoming all producers who are interested in new and original work by outstanding Japanese filmmakers!

Submissions are now open for the 9th edition of the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival which will take place November 3-6th, 2022.

In addition to the official competition for the Short and Feature films, We have new competitions for the Gifs “NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT GIF AWARD 2022” this year. The deadline is June 30th (Short Films and Gifs) and July 31st (Feature Films).

The 9th New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival will be held at New Chitose Airport, which is making great strides as a gateway connecting Hokkaido and the rest of the world, as well as an entertainment airport.

Last year the festival received 2,204 short films (from 93 countries/religions) and 39 feature films (from 21 countries/regions). Among the winners were Easter Eggs (Short Grand Prix, directed by Nicolas Keppens), The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (Feature Grand Prix, directed by Lorenzo Mattotti), Replacements (Japan Grand Prix, directed byJonathan Hagard), and else.

We look forward to your submissions!
Please check the details and check out the selection committee!
We also accept the submission via FilmFreeway:

We are proud to announce the 9th edition of the festival: NEW CHITOSE 2022 – from November 3rd to 6th, 2022. The submission for all the competitions starts on April 18th.
The 9th New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival will be held at New Chitose Airport, which is making great strides as a gateway connecting Hokkaido and the rest of the world, as well as an entertainment airport. It will be held from November 3rd to 6th, 2022.
Launched in 2014, the festival has been providing an exciting experience that is only possible as a one-and-only “airport festival.” In 2019, the year before COVID-19, it gathered about 43,000 attendees from all over the world, which was the highest number in the history of the festival. In the 2020-2021 Pandemic, the festival took place in a hybrid format consisting of both in-theatre and online, with more than 20,000 online viewers in 2021.

The coming 9th edition will continue to present various programs delivering the look of animation “today” from various perspectives such as special screenings and guest speakers of films the festival picked to feature, in addition to the Competition section which is the main event of the festival receiving more than 2,000 entries from around the world each year. The submission for all the competitions starts on April 18th.

We are excited to introduce Team NEW CHITOSE; the new Festival Programmers and Selection Committee.
Starting this year, the festival will have a new structure for the special program planning and competition selections; Team NEW CHITOSE. The new festival programming team includes Hirotoshi Iwasaki, a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts and an internationally renowned video artist with his unique rotoscope theory, Daisuke Tanaka, an animation researcher, and Manabu Kato from MONSTAR design Inc which is Sapporo-based event production company. The new competition selection committee welcomes two new members: Sarina Nihei, an internationally acclaimed animation filmmaker, and Asuka Yotsumoto, an animation producer from ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Artistic Director Nobuaki Doi will step down as of the 2021 Festival. We will continue to evolve and grow toward the 10th edition of New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival. Don’t miss it!!
Programming Team:
Tomoko Ono (Chief Director of the Festival)
Hirotoshi Iwasaki (Video Artist)
Daisuke Tanaka (Animation Researcher)
Manabu Kato (MONSTAR design Inc.)
Enleysha Co., Ltd.
Selection Committee / Short Films:
Tomoko Ono
Hirotoshi Iwasaki
Tetsuji Kurashige (Animation Filmmaker, Associate Professor at Hokkaido University of Education)
Daisuke Tanaka
Sarina Nihei (Animation Filmmaker)
Selection Committee / Feature Films:
Tomoko Ono
Daisuke Tanaka
Asuka Yotsumoto (Animation Producer / ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  Message from Tomoko Ono, Chief Director of the Festival
The New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival will be organized and operated under a new structure “Team NEW CHITOSE” from 2022. I am very delighted and excited to collaborate with internationally active experts and artists with a wide range of animation expertise, and I look forward to working with such esteemed members. We are confident that we have delivered bold selections to date and determined to move the global film festival forward into its milestone 10th year and into the future. Thank you for your continued support!

Message from Nobuaki Doi, former Artistic Director of the Festival
As involved in the unprecedented “Airport Animation Film Festival” since its launch in 2014, I had always been thinking about giving shape to a new type of animation film festival that cannot be found anywhere else. Over the past eight years, I had been able to realize the festival that captures the “now” of animation, thanks to the enthusiastic support of audiences and filmmakers from around the world who have come to the festival because they believe in the vision of the festival. Last year, with the realization of “NEW CHITOSE PITCH”, which created the “future” for filmmakers, I felt that my role in this festival was over, and I decided to leave. Now, as animation is developing in various directions, it is impossible to capture the present and create a future that is meaningful from a single perspective. With the new programming team now in place, I expect that the festival’s unique identity will become even edgier. Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone from New Chitose Airport and the festival team who hooked me up, even though I had no background at the time of the establishment of the festival. I have grown a lot. Thank you very much!

New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival

New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival Office
C/o Enleysha Co., Ltd.
Sapporo Tokeidai Bldg., 9F,
1, Nishi-2, Kita-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0001 JAPAN