2019 22nd Kyoto International Student Film Festival

Overview of the business

 The Kyoto International Student Film Festival is the largest international student film festival in the Japan, which is mainly planned and operated by university students from the Kansai region, mainly in Kyoto. The purpose of this program is to gather independent films produced by students from all over the world, review them by the executive committee, create opportunities for students to screen them, and discover human resources and talents who will lead future films.
Historically Japan Kyoto is a "city of movies" that still inherits the cultural heritage of the early days of cinema, and it is also a "city of universities and students" where students account for 10% of the population of Kyoto City. This festival aims to revitalize Kyoto by discovering and introducing talents who can add new fields to cinema from among the many possibilities of the world, thereby creating a place for international exchange and mutual understanding.

Outline of the event

22nd Kyoto International Student Film Festival

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Friday, February 21, 2020 ~ Sunday, February 23, 2020 *Award ceremony on the last day
The Museum of Kyoto
Planning and management:
22nd Kyoto International Student Film Festival Executive Committee
Operational support:
Kyoto International Student Film Festival Planning Committee
Supported by:
Arts and Culture Promotion Fund, Nissha Printing Culture Promotion Foundation
Supported by:
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, The Japan Foundation, NPO Image Industry Promotion Organization, Cineaste Organization Osaka, Cooperatives Japan Directors Guild, Unijapan, Asahi Shimbun Kyoto General Bureau, Kyoto Shimbun, NHK Kyoto Broadcasting Station, KBS Kyoto,


Kyoetsu Co., Ltd., Directors' Univ Co., Ltd., Graduate School of Film and New Media, Ritsumeikan University, Genki na Office Co., Ltd., J:COM Kyoto Miyabijon Co., Ltd., Oikaze Co., Ltd., Nitto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Yamako Co., Ltd.,

Kyoto Prefectural Federation of Consumers' Co-operative Associations

Programs held


Winners of the competition (16 works in total)

Program A

The Shepherd by Brwa Vahabpour
Norway / 2018 / 17min / Live Action
The Norwegian Film School
"Revenge!" Shinobu
Kawatani Japan / 2019 / 74min / Live Action
Kyoto University of Art and Design
Valérian DESTERNE, Rebecca BLACK,
Céline COLLIN,
Juan Olarte,


FRANCE / 2018 / 8min / Animation
"Till the End of the World"
Florence Bouvy Netherlands / 2018 / 27min / Live-action
The Netherlands
Film Academy


Program B

TERROR, Yonatan Shehoah
ISRAEL / 2018 / 16min / Live-action
The Maaleh School of Film and Television
"No Gravity"
Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart,

Ludovic Abraham

France / 2018 / 8min/Animation
by Supinfocom Rubika
"Nakamuraya Brothers" Daichi
Shiraiso Japan / 2019 / 45min / Live Action
Mejiro University
"Just in Time" Colin Huang
Taiwan / 2019 / 29min / Live-action
Taipei National University of the Arts


Program C

"The Stained Club"
Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski
, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier
FRANCE / 2018 / 7min / Animation
Supinfocom Rubika
She-Pack by Fanny Ovesen
NORWEGIAN / 2018 / 18min / Live Action
The Norwegian Film School
"Sheep, Honeydew and Sunday" Sadato
Takenaka Japan / 2019 / 49min / Live Action
Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School
"Untamed" François et Vincent Lluelles
FRANCE / 2018 / 25min / Live-action


Program D

"Hitohira" Natsumi Yoshida Rika Machida
Japan / 2018 / 30min / Live Action
Waseda University
"One Way Ticket"
by Leung Wing Ho
Hong Kong / 2018 / 28min / Live-action
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
"Abandoned Seeds" Lu Yifei
, China, Japan / 2019 / 5min /
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Kippah, Lukas Nathrath
GERMANY / 2019 / 25min / Live Action
Hamburg Media School


Special Events

Project (1) "Screening Project by Takahisa Sesata" (Screening on February 22)

Guest: Takahisa Sessa (Director)

"Gang, Is It Sunny Over There?"
Director: Takahisa
Sessa A 16mm independent film he made while he was a student at Kyoto University. It depicts the escape of a middle-aged yakuza, a right-wing boy, and a girl who is looking for a riverbank of rape blossoms, which is the original scenery of a middle-aged yakuza who escaped due to an incident in Tokyo, and her mother.

Planning (2) "Takuji Suzuki's Screening Project" (screened on February 23)

Guests: Takuji Suzuki (Director), Reiyoshi Onishi (Actress)

"Arashiden" 2019 / Japan / HD / 1:1.85 / 114 min
Director: Takuji
Suzuki World Sales: Migrant Bars, Magic Hour
In the city of "
Arashiden", a streetcar that runs through Kyoto, three pairs of men and women unfold a ghost story of love and fantasy.

Copyright:(C)Migrant Birds/Omuro/Kyoto Univercity of Art and Design

Final Jury

Onishi (Actress)
Suzuki (Film Director, Actor)
Takahisa Sessa
(Film Director)


Ticket Information

General 3,000 YEN 1,500 yen
Students (high school students and above) 2,000 yen ¥1,000
Junior high school students and younger Free Free

*Members of the Friends of The Museum of Kyoto can watch Program A~D free of charge by presenting their membership card.
However, for special events, a ticket fee of 1,000 yen is required for each.
*If you are a student (high school student or older), please present your student ID.
* If you show your ticket, you can also see the permanent exhibition in the general exhibition rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Results of Submission

Holding year Domestic Overseas Meter


101 works 176 works 277 works


98 works 490 works 588 works


129 works 356 works 485 works


168 works 371 works 539 works


123 works 94 works 217 works


163 works 187 works 350 works

Implementation Report

The 22nd Kyoto International Student Film Festival discovers young talent who will lead the film industry of the future. It was held for three days from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23, 2020 at The Museum of Kyoto Film Theater.
This year's competition received 277 entries from 30 countries and regions, and 16 films carefully selected by the Student Executive Committee were screened.
At the award ceremony held on Sunday, February 23, the winning director and the final judges, Mr. Reiyoshi Onishi, Mr. Takuji Suzuki, and Mr. Takahisa Sesa as guests, the Grand Prix, the Semi-Grand Prix, and the final Jury Prize were announced.
At the award ceremony, after screening the Grand Prix and two Semi-Grand Prix films, the final jury gave their comments, and we were able to create a place for international exchange and mutual understanding through films.
The award-winning works are as follows: I wish the young coach all the best for his future success.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the visitors and supporters of the festival.

Announcement of Competition Results

Grand Prix Grand-Prix

Netherlands / 2018 / 27min / The Netherlands Film Academy

≪Synopsis≫ Eight-year-old Marie loves her father. In a world where hilarious dreams can suddenly turn into the eyes of a dead fish she's never seen, Marie tries to become independent. The story depicts the strength of a girl who confronts her father's unconditional affection.

Second Prize

"She-Pack" by Fanny Ovesen
NOGAL / 2018 / 18min / The Norwegian Film School

≪ synopsis≫ When the girls exceed the limits of their strength and power, anarchy appears in the public pool. On that day, a disco party celebrates her birthday at a public swimming pool, and the underdog Ronja challenges the leader girl to a game to find the next leader. The game gradually escalates, and as the thirst for dominance grows, Ronha and the girls lose control.

Final Jury Prize Reiyoshi Onishi Award The
Final Judge, Ayaka Onishi Award

The Shepherd, Brwa Vahabpour
Norway / 2018 / 17min / The Norwegian Film School

≪Synopsis≫ A Kurdish family fled to Norway as refugees. On the way to his relative's wedding, he runs over a wild animal. In the pure white snowy landscape, the intertwined feelings and conflicts of the family emerge.

Takuji Suzuki Award The Final Judge, Takuji Suzuki Award 

"Hitohira" Natsumi Yoshida Rika Machida
Japan / 2018 / 30min / Waseda University

≪Synopsis≫ Izumi and Yoichi, two childhood friends, had a secret play that they couldn't tell anyone. In the fall of their third year of junior high school, they embark on a journey to find the cosmos field. Izumi thinks that being an adult is unclean, and she is afraid that one day she will too. Is it possible to grow up "clean" without losing anything? Also, what does she think is dirty? The story of Izumi, a girl who doesn't want to be a woman.

The Final Judge, Takahisa Zeze Award 

"No Gravity" Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé,Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis,FloreAllier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart,Ludovic
France / 2018 Year/8min/Supinfocom Rubika

≪Synopsis≫ The story of an astronaut who returns to Earth and tries to adapt to life on Earth again.

Other Selected Entries

Name of the work Director Works
"Revenge!" Shinobu Kawatani Kyoto University of
Art and Design Japan/2019/74min
Rebecca BLACK,

Céline COLLIN,
Juan Olarte,

FRANCE / 2018 / 8min
『TERROR』 Yonatan Shehoah

The Maaleh School of Film & Television Israel
/ 2018 / 16min

"The Brothers of Nakamuraya Hotel" Daichi Shiraiso Mejiro University
『Just in Time』 Colin Huang Taipei University
of the Arts Taiwan / 2019 / 29min
『The Stained Club』 Mélanie Lopez,
Simon Boucly,

Marie Ciesielski,
Alice Jaunet,

Chan Stéphie Peang,
Béatrice Viguier
Supinfocom Rubika
FRANCE / 2018 / 7min
"Sheep, Honey and Sunday" Sadato Takenaka Tokyo University
of the Arts Japan/2019/49min
『Untamed』 François et Vincent Lluelles ESRA
FRANCE / 2018 / 25min
『One Way Ticket』 LEUNG Wing Ho Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong / 2018 / 28min
"Discarded Seeds" Lu Yifei Shanghai Jiao Tong University
『Kippah』 Lukas Nathrath Germany/Hamburg Media School


Pre-Event and Collaborative Planning


Kyoto International Student Film Festival Pre-Event in Manga Museum December 14 (Sat)

Kyoto International Student Film Festival Pre-Event in Manga Museum was held. At the screening of the 21st Grand Prix film of this film festival, Ryota Nakano's "Love as Hot as Boiling Water," and a talk session were held, where Nakano talked about his filmmaking as a student and his thoughts on his own works. We also held a workshop where everyone created a single video by adding their favorite pictures using an iPad and stylus to each frame of a short story video.

Collaborative Planning

Camo Cinema 15
Aug. 17 (Sat)

We had an invited screening at Camo Cinema, which holds outdoor film screenings every summer. On the day of the event, the 21st selection film "The Unbeaked" was screened. It was a great opportunity for people of all ages who pass by the Kamogawa River to learn about the fun of student films and this film festival.

Kyoto Student Festival booth October
13 (Sun)

We exhibited a booth at the 17th Kyoto Student Festival. We set up a game related to the film, and people of all ages, from children to adults, participated, and we were able to promote this film festival.

Kyoto International Film Festival Invitational Screening
: Sat. 19 October

As one of the Kyoto International Film Festivals, we were invited to the screening at AEON Cinema Kyoto Katsuragawa. In addition to screening the four selected films of the 21st festival, a talk event was held, and the organizing committee members had a good experience in preparation for the 22nd film festival.

Special site

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@kisfvf official website

executive committee

The Kyoto International Film Festival Executive Committee is looking for students who will enliven the festival.
The film festival receives a variety of submissions, both domestic and international. The executive committee is student-led in everything from the recruitment of films to the screening and the operation of the film festival. Through a series of activities such as public relations activities and sponsorship requests, you can learn the know-how of film festival management.
Students from various universities and faculties participate in the executive committee regardless of grade, so friendships expand. Even if you are a beginner, senior executive committee members and university consortium Kyoto staff will support your activities, so please feel free to contact us.


Place of activity Campus Plaza Kyoto (6F Office, 5F Joint Laboratory)
Frequency of activity Plenary meetings about once a week, department meetings, work appreciation, training, etc. (depending on the month)
Participating Universities
Kyoto University, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto College of Nursing, Saga Art University, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto Women's University, The Graduate University of Informatics, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Seian University of Art and Design, Doshisha Women's University, Doshisha University, Bukkyo University, Ritsumeikan University, Ryukoku University, Kobe University, Kansai University,


Organizers University Consortium Kyoto

Contact us

22nd Kyoto International Student Film Festival Executive Committee
〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto
, Shimogyo-ku, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokojisagaru TEL: 075-353-9189 (closed on Mondays) FAX: 075-353-9101
E-MAIL: info-kisfvf-ml■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ and send it)



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