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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 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.

2019-20 Niseko Holiday Specials

Here are all the different things you can enjoy during your Christmas and New Year with us in Niseko!

2019-20 Niseko Holiday Specials

Coming to Niseko to enjoy Christmas and New Year season with your friends and family? Wondering where all the fun things are happening in town? Here is a quick list of different activities, events and specials you DO NOT want to miss!

DECEMBER, 2019


DATE Annupuri Ski Resort Area Niseko Village Ski Resort Area Grand Hirafu Ski Resort Area HANAZONO Ski Resort Area
Dec 22 Free photos with Santa at NBS
Dec 23 Free photos with Santa at NBS
Dec 24 Santa Claus visiting Santa Claus coming to Niseko; Christmas Fireworks
Dec 25 Santa Claus visiting Santa Claus with Reindeer visiting; DJ party at Two Sticks Santa Claus coming to Niseko Meet Santa
Dec 26 Apres Ski Party at Two Sticks
Dec 28 Christmas Party at Ichiseko
Dec 30 The Collective Film Niseko Premiere at Rhythm Base
Dec 31 Night riding for free; Torch Light Skiing & Fireworks Fireworks New year Countdown and The Torch Light Skiing

JANUARY, 2020

DATE Annupuri Ski Resort Area Niseko Village Ski Resort Area Grand Hirafu Ski Resort Area HANAZONO Ski Resort Area
Jan 1 First Run (7:20〜8:20) Hatsumoude at Yamada Shrine; Kagami Biraki (King Bell Hut) & Rice-cake making (Hotel Niseko Alpen) Sake Cask Opening Ceremony & Yotei Daiko Performance
Jan 2 First Run (7:20〜8:20) Apres Ski Party at Two Sticks
Jan 3 First Run (7:20〜8:20)
2019-20 Niseko Holiday Specials

Enjoy Japanese Craft Pop-up Store at Midtown during Dec 21-24 from 12:00~19:00 at Midtown Niseko.

Make sure to book your holiday cakes for special celebration with all the local restaurants/bakeries: Graubuden or L'ocanda or Abucha Sweets.

Niseko Pizza is serving special Roasted Whole Chicken on a bed of hand cut Niseko fries. Juicy, crispy skin and flavored to perfection, as the perfect chicken should
be. Baked on our traditional wood fired oven. A great winter treat to remind you of home!

If you order the delicious party set from Taj Mahal (min 4 ppl), you'll get to enjoy complimentary glass of house wine! Cheers---

Drop by Niseko Taproom and pick up the beautiful rotisserie chicken. While you wait, make sure to grab a quick Niseko local beer!

New kids on the block: Tomo Niseko opened this December will be offering a special Xmas and NYE set menus. Make sure to check out on their website and book online!

Bar Gyu+ is hosting a NYE Countdown Party with free-flow cocktails, bubbles & sake! Need us to say more?

Mick's Niseko gets their holiday games ON: Lucky Dip with 20 different wines all wrapped up in newspaper with Father Micklaus: Get lucky with a vintage bottle of something special. In addition we will have special mixed cheese and charcuterie boards with a glass of red on offer and if that wasn't enough mulled wine and whisky nips to fend off the cold. For NYE, they celebrate "A Decade of Decadence: Fine Wines, and Fine Friends". 4pm till 7pm: Mick's will open Methuselah Of Redman (6 litres) 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon served by the glass! Offers on vintage reds & whites, cheese and charcuterie available! 7pm till late: ¥1500 glasses of Champagne.

Special DJ nights at Wild Bill's & Temporada during X'mas & NYE. Get your dance shoes on!

Powder Yoga Niseko offers Christmas Eve Powder into Stretch to work out all the delicious food and drink everyone is about to consumer on Dec 24. Then a Christmas Day Slow Flow on Dec 25 - a nice relaxing class after all the celebration. On NYE, a New Year Resolution themed Powder into Stretch on Dec 31 and another Flow Flow class for post-New Year fun.

If you are looking for Japanese play-based learning and activities during the holiday season, make sure to check out Niseko4kids!

Last but not least, DOWNLOAD the official resort APP "NISEKO" and access all these information and more right in the palm of your hand.

2019-20 Niseko Holiday Specials

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