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Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival is Japan's largest international student film festival planned and administered by university students in Kyoto. We will show students' works from all over the world and provide opportunities to discover new talents.
Kyoto is well known as “Cinema City” where a lot of heritages that contributed the development of Japanese Cinema. Kyoto is also known as “College City, Student City” , students taking up 10% of the population. The festival strings these two characteristics together, and also offers forum for cultural and international exchange and ultimately vitalizes Kyoto.

Event outline

FROM 27th November through 2st December,2018
The Museum of Kyoto(Sanjo-Takakura ,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8183)
  1DAY Ticket ALL DAY Ticket
General 1,000 JPY 2,000 JPY
High school and
university students
800 JPY 1,800JPY
Less than
junior high student
Free Free


Trailer (

URL https://youtu.be/Z234CGiDtaY


11/27 Tue. 11/28Wed. 11/29Thu. 11/30 Fri. 12/1 Sat. 12/2 Sun.
The Special Program
of Ken Ninomiya」

Award Ceremony

Introduction of the program

1.competition program A-D

Program to show 16 works that a member of the executive committee selected carefully from all 588 submissions in 33 countries.

Program A

『The Net』Hae-guen Jeon
South Korea / 32min /
The University of Suwon
『Mascarpone』Jonas Riemer
Garmany  / 14min /
Film University
Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
『The Unbeaked』Hugo GLAVIER
France / 4min /
L'école Estienne
『Little Red Riding Hood』
Lynn Oona Baur  / Garmany /
8min / Hamburg Media School 

Program B

『The Spirits of Cairn』
Shinobu Soejima  
Japan / 7min /
Tokyo University of the Arts
『ENDLING 』Alex Schaad 
Garmany / 30min / University of
Television and Film, Munich
『10』Paula Konjušić
Croatia / 8min / Academy of
Fine Arts Zagreb(ALU)
『AAMIR』VIKA Evdokimenko
USA / 16min /
New York University

Program C

『The Place of Oblivion』
Fernanda Tovar / Mexico / 18min
/ Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
『Fundamental』Shih-Chieh Chiu
Taiwan/ 7min / National Taiwan University of Arts
『Facing Mecca』Jan-Eric Mack
Switzerland / 27min /
Zurich University of the Arts
Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory,
Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard,
Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl 
France / 8min /
Supinfocom Rubika

Program D

『At her own pace』Yeo-ul Han
 South Korea  / 26min /
Sejong University
『Love Me, Fear Me』
Veronica Solomon / Garmany /
6min/ Filmuniversität Babelsberg
『Flower Found!』 Jorn Leeuwerink
The Netherlands / 6min /
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Arian Vazirdaftari  Iran / 20min /
Tehran University of Dramatic Arts

2.Special program

① 「JAPAN FOCUS」(Date 11/27 Tue.)

『ICHIMONJI KEN Prologue – Kung Fu Boy VS Murder Karate Man』
Yuu  Nakamoto 66min
Yuta Ichimonji, now the world’s strongest martial artist, has returned
to Japan after three years’ absence. Then, he happens to get
acquainted with Shirahata, an aspiring manga artist, and Kurata, who
is deeply in debt. They just clicked at once and then in front of them
appeared a mysterious man who uses killing karate! This makes him
devote himself to a severe and desperate fight…

②「The Special Program of Ken Ninomiya」(Date 12/1 Sun.

『Why Did Komura Cry?』
2014 / 62min
©2017  kingRecords
 Arc Films/ 89min
Komura, who works as a part time job is a leader. He lives withhis girlfriend but he falls in love a girl who works with him.
This work fascinates you by its astonishing video. It has a very uniquescenario and its worldview really lifts up your mood, so you may foresee howthe new world is. This beautiful crystal will be unforgettable for a long time.

Entries for the competition

Application has been closed.
Thank you.
≪Competition Guideline in 2018≫

Year Japan Overseas Total
2018 98 490 588
2017 129 356 485
2016 168 371 539
2015 123 94 217
2014 163 187. 350
2013 212 145 357



Grand-Prix for Live-action Film

"Mascarpone" Jonas Riemer
Germany / 2018 / 14min / Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

≪Synopsis≫A car crash thrusts Francis, the dreamy film projectionist, into the world of the ruthless gangster Mascarpone.Suddenly he finds himself in a mobster film. Francis’ s dog Farfalle is taken hostage by Mascarpone’ s gang and Francis is beingforced to stand guard at their next bank robbery. When the coup fails he has to rescue his dog and conquer the heart of the film diva Vivien.

Grand-Prix for Animated Film

『Flower Found! / Bloem?』 Jorn Leeuwerink
The Netherlands/2017/6min/HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

≪Synopsis≫A beautiful red flower stands in the middle of the forest. When it suddenly disappears Mouse is very sad. Bird takes Mouse around the forest to search for the flower and other animals join in too. Then they think they've found the flower and things quickly get out of hand.

Final Jury Award

KingThe Final Judge, Ken Ninomiya Award

Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl
Animated Film/France/2017 Year/8min/Supinfocom Rubika

≪Synopsis≫Overrun, tells the story of an ant who is plunged into a dark and cold place. We follow its journey through this seemingly disturbing and dangerous, yet fascinating world and its quest to escape.


The Final Judge, Jun Hirose Award 

The Place of Oblivion/ El rincón del mundo a donde va lo que se olvida,
Fernanda Tovar
Live-action Film /Mexico/2018/18min/Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica

≪Synopsis≫ Aura, Juan, and Evaristo live in San Antonio del Querer, an old town that nobody remembers and nobody comes back to. Aura will try to leave her town and look for the life she hopes to find somewhere else. Before doing so, she will try to convince her father and grandfather to leave with her and save them from fading into oblivion.


The Final Judge, Atsushi Wada Award

"LIKE A GOOD KID" Arian Vazirdaftari
Live-action Film/Iran/2018/20min/Tehran University of Dramatic Arts

≪Synopsis≫Sara (a 24-year-old girl) is supposed to babysit Matin (a 6-year-old boy) for the day, while his mother is at work. In the morning Matin tells Sara a story of a fight with his mother from the night before, this leads to a series of events through the day which will change Matin and Sara for the rest oftheir lives.

Audience Awards

Audience Award  for Live-action Film

Little Red Riding Hood / Rotkäppchen, Lynn Oona Baur
Germany/2017/8min/Hamburg Media School

≪Synopsis≫Year 2032. Ten-year old Luise and her mother Anna live in Germany, a totalitarian state. When a school theatre play, with Luise involved, turns into a brutal
propaganda campaign, Anna recognizes the need to protect her daughter. But it might be too late.

Audience Award for Animated Film

『Flower Found! / Bloem?』 Jorn Leeuwerink
※Jorn Leeuwerink also won the Grand Prix of the animation division.

Other Nominated Films

Live-action FilmTitle Director Work information
『The Net 』 Hae-guen-Jeon Live-action Film The University of Suwon South Korea/
『The Unbeaked / L'Imbecqué』 Hugo GLAVIER Animated Film L'école Estienne France/2017/4min
『The Spirits of Cairn』 Shinobu Soejima

Animated Film

Tokyo University of the Arts

『ENDLING』 Alex Schaad Live-action Film University of Television and Film, Munich Germany/2018/30min
『ten/10』 Paula Konjušić Animated Film Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb(ALU) Croatia/2017/8min
『AAMIR』 Vika Evdokimenko Live-action Film New York University USA/2017/16min
『Fundamental』 Shih-Chieh Chiu Animated Film National Taiwan University of Arts Taiwan/2017/7min
『Facing Mecca』 Jan-Eric Mack Live-action Film Zurich University of the Arts Switzerland/2017/27min
『At her own pace 』 Yeo-ul Han Live-action Film Sejong University South Korea/
『Love Me, Fear Me』 Veronica Solomon Live-action Film Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF Germany/2018/6min

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