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.

Hokkaido 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

August 23 – 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

International Competition

CategoriesRegulationsScreening, Judging and Awards
Best Short FilmUnder 30 minAugust 30 – September 1, Morimachi
Best Medium Length Film Over 30 min, but under 60 minSeptember 6 – 8, Kutchan
Best Feature FilmOver 60 minOctober 18 – 20, Taiki

Final Number of Submissions

From February 15 to June 30, 2024;


Medium Length112


Canada, UK26 each
South Korea, France15 each
Sweden, Germany12 each
Hong Kong, Taiwan11 each
Mexico, Brazil,7 each
Tunisia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Croatia, Argentina4 each
Ukraine, Singapore, Ireland, Finland, Belgium3 each
Thailand, Russia, Philippines, New Zealand, Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, Indonesia, Greece, Georgia, Bulgaria, Armenia2 each
Vietnam, UAE, Syria, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Namibia, Morocco, Macau, Jersey, Iceland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh1 each
Total 65 Countries and Regions909