This year, New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival holds “New Chitose Airport Pitch 2021” as a new attempt to help Japanese animation filmmakers to spread their wings to the world.
A “Pitch” is a presentation made by a director or producer to pitch an idea of their new project to find a producer or investor. Although it is a common practice worldwide, it is still not very familiar in Japan (especially for filmmakers working on an individual basis).
The festival holds the “New Chitose Airport Pitch 2021” as an official program during the festival period for directors and producers who have been selected for the festival’s competition and showcase sections in the previous editions to create an opportunity for them to take the first step toward a new project. The festival welcomes commentators such as producers associated with the festival and helps the artists to build international networks and connections.
This program is open to the public and will be broadcasted online in the form of a public presentation. We look forward to receiving applications from those who hope to use this opportunity to spread their wings to the world.
Read the guideline (Japanese text only) ☞ https://airport-anifes.jp/pitch/
Applicants must be Japanese filmmakers and producers, but we welcome producers or investors who are interested in new projects by outstanding Japanese artists. Please contact us to be a commentator for our project; firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we opened the submission for the competitions this year. The deadline is June 30th (Short Films) and July 31st (Feature Films). For the short competition, we accept not only short films, but also GIF, motion comics, VR films, and movie installations with the animation technique. Please check the details: https://airport-anifes.jp/en/competition/
Last year the festival received 2,174 short films (from 91 countries/religions) and 49 feature films (from 21 countries/regions). Among the winners were “Wood Child & Hidden Forest Mother” (Short Grand Prix, directed by Stephen Irwin), “My Favorite War” (Feature Grand Prix, directed by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen), “The Mark of Emi” (Japan Grand Prix, directed by Momoka Furukawahara), and else.
We also accept the submission via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/NewChitoseAirportInternationalAnimationFestival
See you at NEW CHITOSE 2021!
We are proud to announce the 8th edition of the festival: NEW CHITOSE 2021 from November 5th to 8th, 2021.
The 8th edition this year is held in a hybrid format consisting of both in-theatre and virtual screenings and events. The festival provides an exciting experience that is only possible as a one-and-only “airport festival”.
Launched in 2014, the festival has been growing. 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. Last year, the festival took place in a hybrid format with online screenings that had more than 100,000 views.
The international competition, the main event of the festival, has received more than 2,000 films. Gathering attention from all around the world, now the festival is one of the most prestigious animation festivals in Japan.
The submission of all the competitions this year starts on April 19th. We accept GIF, VR, motion comics, and movie installations with animation techniques. In 2020 “Wood Child & Hidden Forest Mother” (directed by Stephen Irwin) won the Grand Prix (short film) while “The Mark of Emi” (directed by Momoka Furukawahara) received the Japan Grand Prix. Grand Prix for Feature Film was awarded to “My Favorite War” (directed by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen).
More information will be available soon at the official website. See you at NEW CHITOSE 2021!