Who is the film festival for?

August 23 - October 20, 2024

Who is
the film festival

August 23 - October 20, 2024

Hokkaido International Film Festival is a new film festival founded by former producers and secretariat staff of one of the oldest film festivals in Japan, with the cooperation of renowned programming directors and filmmakers.

In 2023, the predecessor film festival was held as a test marketing event, traveling to Horokanai, Mori, and Betsukai.

After reaffirming the positive power of the film festival through the verification of the issues it faced, the festival will be launched in 2024 with a new name and expanded scale.

After the Corona Disaster, the significance of the existence of film festivals has been questioned in light of social initiatives for the SDGs, changes in awareness of compliance and harassment, and the spread of online film viewing.

THokkaido International Film Festival, which tours each region to screen international competition and opening and closing films, and the Regional Film Festivals (such as Esashi Film Festival), which screen unique films that match the culture and characteristics of each region, will co-host the festival in a new, sustainable style.

We will pursue the original value of the film festival to contribute to the revitalization of the region and the film industry, placing the highest priority on the enjoyment of films by local residents.

We hope that you will understand and support the main purpose of the festival, and we look forward to your cooperation.

February 11, 2024
Hokkaido International Film Festival Executive Committee

Date and Venue (planned)

August 23 – August 25, 2024Esashi Cultural Hall
August 30 – September 1, 2024Morimachi Community Center
September 6 – 8, 2024 Kutchan Community Center
September 21 – 23, 2024Nayoro Civic Cultural Center
September 27 – 29, 2024Betsukai Lifelong Learning Center
October 12 – 14, 2024Monbetsu Civic Hall
October 18 – 20, 2024Taiki Lifelong Learning Center


Best International Short Film AwardUnder 30 min
Best International Medium Length Film AwardOver 30 min, but under 60 min
Best International Feature Film AwardOver 60 min

Number of Submissions

From February 15 to March 31, 2024;


Medium Length31


India, France7 each
Taiwan, Spain, South Korea5 each
Tunisia, Hong Kong, Croatia, Brazil, Argentina4 each
Portugal, Norway, Australia3 each
Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, Myanmar, Mexico, Macedonia, Kyrgyz, Finland2 each
Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Poland, New Zealand, Namibia, Morocco, Macau, Jersey Island, Israel, Ireland, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Cuba, Columbia, Armenia1 each
Total 48 Countries and Regions359