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Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Don't miss out on this must-see Spring event in Niseko!

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

The Niseko Shootout Film Fest is the grand finale to this year’s Niseko Shootout series - and we want you to put your time in Niseko this winter to good use by entering your own film!

The finalists’ films will be shown on a big screen on Saturday, March 14 at Hanazono Edge, with winners judged and awarded on the night along

with the winners of the #NisekoShootout Instagram Contest.

JPY250,000 in cash and seriously cool prizes including Icelantic skis and a Gentemstick snowboard are up for grabs!

Selected films (max 7 minutes) will be premiered in 5 categories:

  • Person Profile
  • Culture
  • Nature/Environment
  • Park Riding
  • Adventure/Exploration

Registration is free and simple Just submit the registration form; open from now until March 2nd. Come one, come all for an end of season celebration of Niseko winter through film and photography!

1st Place: 120,000 JPY Cash Prize


2nd Place: 80,000 JPY Cash Prize


3rd Place: 50,000 JPY Cash Prize

MORE DETAILS on the 2019-20 Short Film Festival event will be announced soon.


Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

Short Film Festival Guidelines:

Registration is free.

Entrants must fill out the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest Entry Form by March 2nd, 2020.

Films must be submitted by March 2nd, 2020.

Entries can be of any duration - max 7 minutes. 

Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles.

Films must have been completed after March 14th, 2018.

Films must contain footage filmed in and/or around Shiribeshi region.

Films must not depict scenes of action deemed illegal by Japanese law. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing and the damage of public/private property, i.e. Avalanche barriers, rails, public/private structure, etc.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring films have all music (festival rights) and talent permissions required for public display. Please submit relevant documentation with your film entry.

Entrants are required to supply promotional materials: 3x still images and a 10-15 second teaser clip for the purpose of promoting the film and film fest.

Entrants will be judged by the below 5 criteria:

Entrants will be judged by the below 5 criteria:

  • Niseko soul
  • Story telling
  • Innovation
  • Cinematography
  • Production & Editing

*I acknowledge that the Niseko Shootout jury will select the winning films and no discussion into the final decision will be entered into. 

*The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these guidelines, and questions arising from them, will be decided at the sole discretion of the Film Fest organizers.

Categories:

Person profile

Exploration/adventure

Park riding

Culture

Nature/Environment

There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners only. Each winner can come from any category. For Example: All winners can come from 1 category. 

Technical Requirements:

Entrants are required to provide an HD high-resolution version of the film.

Means of submission will be discussed via email upon entrant's registration.

Enter Your Film for 2019-20 Niseko Short Film Festival!

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Access all the scenic spots can be easy breezy through February 11th!

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

Coming to Niseko this winter and wanting to explore more? Starting from Saturday, Dec 21st till Tuesday, Feb 11th, you can visit the famous Lake Toya with this convenient shuttle from Niseko/Kutchan area. Please note that after Jan 14th, the shuttle operates only during weekend and holidays. View the flyer HERE.

Please contact 0136-22-1558 to book in advance - by 6pm the day before. First come first served!

Simply download the FREE official Niseko resort app to have all the useful transportation information available in the palm of your hand!

2019-20 Lake Toya <=>Niseko <=> Kutchan Winter Shuttle Begins from Dec 21st!

2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAM Calling for Entries!

From Jan 9th through Jan 12th, grab your best partner and shoot! May the best team WIN!

2019-20 Niseko Shootout ProAM Calling for Entries!

The Niseko Shootout ProAM is back - an all out, team format, photography throw down.

Two person photographer and athlete teams will compete over a 4-day window in January 2020. Each team will submit one shot for posting on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page for voting by our judges (Judges Choice Winner) and the public (Public Vote Winner) over 4 days. The 2 winners win a cash prize from a pool of ¥200,000!
Here is the contest timeline details:

  • Registration is open from now until January [email protected]:59pm
  • Contest will run from January [email protected]:00am -12th,@11:59pm day and night
  • Shots will be posted from January 17th(~10am) -20th (11:59pm)
  • Contest winners will be announced on January 21st at the Award Ceremony Party @Rhythm Base

ProAM Judges' Choice Winners: ¥120,000 

ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000


Teams are rolling in so make sure to claim your spot in the comp before time runs out! Registration ends January [email protected]:59pm.

To register, entrants must fill out the ProAM registration form and bring ¥10,000 entry fee to the Niseko Tourism office to complete the registration.

Niseko Tourism:

Address: 41-5 Aza Kabayama, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, Japan, 044-0078

Phone: 0136-21-2551

Email: [email protected]

Office Hour: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00

Terms & Conditions

Entrants may be sponsored by a company. The sponsoring company will be given credit along with photographer and athlete names.

All entry fees will go towards prize pool and contest presentation expenses. The prize pool will remain JPY 200,000 min regardless of number of entrants. 

The titles “photographer” and “athlete” are interchangeable amongst the team of two.

Shots may be taken at any time of day in the given window in Shiribeshi area.

Paid votes are not allowed. Niseko Tourism reserves the right to disqualify and remove entries at their own discretion regarding the suspicion of paid votes.

The high resolution Entry Shot must be submitted on January 13th by 10AM JST via email to [email protected]

Entry shot must be take from January 9th 12:00am to January 12th 11:59pm JST 2020.

Voting will be open from time of posting on January 17th (~10AM) to January 21st at 23:59 JST SHARP! 

Contest winner will be announced on January 21st at the Award Ceremony. If winners are not present in the Niseko area for cash prize pick-up at NPB, winnings can be awarded via bank transfer. 

Submitted photos must be original, created and/or taken by the contestant. It must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party for which you have not obtained a license, must not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

Submitted photos must not depict scenes of action deemed illegal by Japanese law. This includes, but is not limited to trespassing and the damage of public/private property, i.e. Avalanche barriers, rails, public/private structure, etc.

All entrants grant the Niseko Shootout presenters permission to repost shots (along with a name credit) on social media, websites and blogs.

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