"Competition" Regulation

We're looking for films that faces the changes of the world, with a cinematic and artistic way in documentary filmmaking.

Category documentary, or films that are close to the idea of "reality".
Premiere Condition Japan Premiere (in Nov 2020).
Length feature film at least 70 minutes of length.
Production Year Films completed after January 1st 2019.
Submission Through "Filmfreeway" to submit your film.
Opening date 1st Feburary
Early-bird deadline 31th March (Submission fee: 10 USD)
Regular deadline 30th April (Submission fee: 20 USD)
Late deadline 31th May (Submission fee: 30 USD)
Extended deadline 20th June (Submission fee: 40 USD)
Notification date Before 10th August.
Screening format Blueray with English subtitles. The selected films should provide English subtitle files to the festival for making Japanese subtitles for screening.
* After pre-selection, the selection committee will select 15 films of maximum in competition. We'll invite one representative to attend "Cinema at Sea" during festival period. (with the limitation of travel support to Ishigaki Island)
* The composition of jury members will be 5 members of international guests and also well-known filmmakers/ experts in the industry. The awards will be decided by jury members during the festival period.
* There is no screening fee for the films selected for the Competition Programme.
* No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

[Awards & Prizes]

In competition, "Cinema at Sea - Ishigaki Island International Film Festival" makes the following awards:

"Golden Chrysalis Award" - for the Best Film.
"Jury Prize" - for the jury special prize.
"Best Director" - for artistic contribution of documentary filmmaking.

Out of official prizes, the Festival makes the following awards:

- Audience Award for feature film.
- Youth Jury Award, with jury representation from high schools in Ishigaki Island.

About "Golden Chrysalis Award": The biggest butterfly in Japan "Idea leuconoe", its chrysalis is in beautiful golden color. In Japan, this species only inhabit in Okinawa region, and it's also the "Butterfly of the City" of Ishigaki Island. We hope to award the Best Film with talented creativity, and brave courage of documentary filmmaking just like the growth of butterfly.