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Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Take a sneak peak one of the entries already received for the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest – Winterfox by Roxy sponsored skier Lena Stoffel.

Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Excitement is starting to build for the inaugural festival with some amazing movies already submitted and the official festival venue announced. The Hanazono 308 resort base building will host the event on Saturday, March 16, with free shuttle buses ferrying viewers from Hirafu to Hanazono.

A dozen or more of the best films as selected by a panel of legendary judges will be shown with prizes ¥100,000 and Niseko resort lift passes.

The event will be fully catered by the famous Niseko Pizza and is sure to be a great night out showcasing Niseko and the talent it’s cultivating. Grab your friends and make a night of it!

Winterfox_Teaser from Lena Stoffel on Vimeo.


The Shootout judges are looking for short, creative films that tell a story about Niseko. They don’t have to be Oscar winning standard – they just need to be put together with passion and whatever technical skills you have available to you. There are several categories to guide Person Profile, Culture, Nature/Environment, Park Riding, and Adventure/Exploration.

Registration is free and open from now until film submission deadline March 5.

Head over to the event webpage for full registration details and film guidelines.

Entries Roll in for Niseko’s New Short Film Festival

Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi: February 18 - 22, 2019

NPB News, Winter News

Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi: February 18 - 22, 2019

Hokkaido Government is going to have "Summer Job Fair 2019 Niseko, ShiriBeshi" from February 18(Mon) to 22(Fri) 2019, after Chinese new year. The event venue "hirafu188 Event Space" is located on "Hirafu-zaka" street, easy to access from every winter resorts in Niseko area.

This 5 days event is for introducing spring/summer season job in 2019 to visitors/regidents who have valid work visa (including Working Holiday makers). Niseko and its surroundings, called "Shiribeshi", need your help in many jobs like agriculture, forestery, food processing, and shop staff. 

We have English speaking staff and help finding your new employer with asking your desirable job types, working period, and working conditions. Please come and visit us!

For more information, please see HERE!!  For the PDF flyer, please download from here. 

2018-19 Niseko Short Film Festival

This is one Spring event you don't want to miss!

2018-19 Niseko Short Film Festival

Capping off our event lineup, this year’s NIseko Shootout winning photos will be announced at the inaugural Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival.

With 100,000 JPY in cash prizes up for grabs, get those editing skills honed. Held on Saturday, March 16th at HANAZONO 308, the selected (max 10 minutes) films will be premiered in 5 categories:

  • Person Profile
  • Culture
  • Nature/Environment
  • Park Riding
  • Adventure/Exploration
Registration is free and open from now until March 5th. Just submit the registration form via email or drop by Niseko Tourism office. Come one, come all for an end of season celebration of Niseko winter through film and photography!

1st Place: 60,000 JPY Cash Prize AND 2x Niseko United 5 day passes

2nd Place: 30,000 JPY Cash Prize

3rd Place: 10,000 JPY Cash Prize

Short Film Fest Guidelines:

Registration is free.

Entrants must fill out the Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest Entry Form via email or in person at NPB offices by March 5th, 2019.

Films must be submitted by March 5th, 2019.

Entries can be of any duration - max 10 minutes. 

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

Films must have been completed after March 15th, 2017.

Films must contain footage filmed in and/or around Niseko.

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:

  • 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.


Person profile


Park riding



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.

How to Win a 5 Day Niseko United All Mountain Pass or ¥30,000 to Spend in Niseko? Fill Out 2018-19 Niseko Guest Survey!

13th is no longer a bad luck number! 2 lucky winners will be annouced on the 13th of the month throughout this winter!

How to Win a 5 Day Niseko United All Mountain Pass or ¥30,000 to Spend in Niseko? Fill Out 2018-19 Niseko Guest Survey!

For the 2018-19 Niseko Guest Survey, Niseko United & Visa are partnering up and offering even better prizes for YOU, who is helping us to make Niseko a better winter destination with your feedback!

Fill out the quick survey below and you might become one of the 2 lucky winners to win a 5 day Niseko United All Mountain Liftpass or ¥30,000 cash voucher from VISA to use in Niseko. The winners will be announced on the 13th of every month, starting January through April, 2019. So submit NOW!

Photo by Aaron Jamieson

Rider Toshi Pander

By submitting an entry to this NPB Lucky Prize Draw, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Niseko Promotion Board (NPB), and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.

Voting for "The Best of Niseko 2018/19" Awards is Now Open

Show your Niseko favs your support! Vote today!

Voting for

Launched in 2018, Th Best of Niseko Awards are designed to give our Niseko visitors the opportunity to recognise their favourite Niseko spots by voting for them. 

We have created a shortlist of Niseko favourites which were chosen by a local committee of 10 foodies, restaurateurs, business managers and owners. Details of committee will be made available in issue #33 of Whats On Niseko. Voting is now open and will run until 15 March 2019.

The winners will be announced in Whats On Niseko and we will be hosting an awards evening scheduled for late March, details of which will be made available in January. 

For details and voting, please visit the website. For any questions please contact [email protected]

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