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~A film festival exclusively featuring Digital Cinema, and to discover the next generation of talent from all over the world~

As digital tools become more accessible, the range of expression for audio visual creators is expanding, transcending age, experience and nationality, and new business opportunities are now on the horizon. SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL is an international competitive film festival exclusively featuring films shot and edited on digital.
The festival was launched in 2004 in order to discover new talent and develop a new type of audio visual industry and has screened many innovative films from all over the world with high entertainment value that push the envelope of the digital medium. This year marks the 14th edition.

The competition, the main category of the festival, consists of three programs, Feature Length, where we accept entries from all over the world, Short Length and Animation, both of which we accept entries produced domestically in order to support Japanese filmmakers. This year, we have received 810 entries from 85 countries and regions.
We invite domestic and international industry professionals to be jury members. After preliminary judges nominate the first round of nominees, the official jury members will announce the winners and give out awards on the last day of the festival. The jury members and industry professionals from all over the world participate in various events scheduled during the festival and network with the festival participants. In addition, we have the Opening Film category where we world-premiere a film produced by the festival committee, and side bar programs where we screen popular Japanese films and family friendly films. This year, we have a special program featuring VR (virtual reality), a new audio visual medium, and many others, offering the audience various cinematic experiences.

After screening their films at our festival, many of the festival graduates have gone on to build careers in and out of Japan. Looking at international cinema, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won Grand Prize with Climates in the 2007 edition of our festival, scored three consecutive wins at Cannes Film Festival for Best Director with Three Monkeys (2008), Grand Prize with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), and Palme d'Or with Winter Sleep (2014). In addition, after premiering at our festival, Simple Simon, the winner of Special Jury Award in the 2011 edition, and Matterhorn, the winner of Grand Prize in the 2014 edition, were released theatrically in Japan and became box office hits.

Regarding Japanese cinema, Kazuya Shiraishi, who won the SKIP CITY AWARD in the 2009 edition with Lost Paradise in Tokyo, directed the critically acclaimed Twisted Justice (2016). Ryota Nakano, who won the Best Director and SKIP CITY AWARD in the 2012 edition with Capturing Dad, directed Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016), which picked up several domestic awards and won 6 categories at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize, including Best Actress. Yuichiro Sakashita, who won the Special Jury Award with Kanagawa University of Fine Arts, Office of Film Research in the 2013 edition, made his commercial debut with Any Way the Wind Blows (2016). Many talented festival graduates were able to seize opportunities after screening their films at our festival.

This year, we have a side bar program called “Filmmakers Making Waves” where we bring back previously screened entries directed by six directors that have been under the spotlight in recent years including the aforementioned three Japanese directors.

We continue to discover and nurture new and yet unknown talent with challenging spirits and expect them to spread their wings around the world.
SKIP City (Audio Visual Hall, Convention Hall etc.)
3-12-63, Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi-City, Saitama
Jul.15(sat)~23(sun), 2017
Saitama Prefecture, Kawaguchi City, SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL Committee, Saitama Audio-Visual Volunteers
Supporter/ Sponsorship/Collaboration
Cosponsored by:
Sony Business Solutions, Sony PCL, FUJIFILM, Shimizu Corporation, Takenaka Corporation, Shimizu BLC, Asahi Facilities, NTT Communications, Saitama Resona Bank, The Musashino Bank,The Saitamaken Shinkin Bank, SHIMAMURA, Urawa Royal Pines Hotel, Central Jidosha Giken Corp., Japan Beverage East, FV East Japan, SAPPORO BREWERIES, ITO EN, Saitama Trucking Association, Saitama Parks and Greenery Land Association, TAMRON, CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION, Rentceiver, Nippon Rent-A-Car, SAITAMA KEIZAI DOYUKAI, The Citizens’ Circle to Support SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL

Supported by:
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Federation of Japanese Films Industry, UNIJAPAN, Foreign Film Importer-Distributors Association of Japan, Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers, Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan, All Nippon Producers Association, Directors Guild of Japan, Japanese Society of Cinematographers, Japan Film Makers Association, Japan Association of Theatre Owners, Saitama Association of Theatre Owners, Digital Content Association of Japan, Visual Industry Promotion Organization, NHK, FM NACK5, THE SAITAMA SHIMBUN, Embassy of the United States of America, Armenian Embassy, Embassy of Israel, Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Embassy of the Czech Republic, CZECH CENTRE TOKYO, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of Nepal, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Hungary, Ambassade de France au Japon / Institut français du Japon, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium

With the Association of:
Kawaguchi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Junior Chamber International Kawaguchi, Kawaguchi Ginza Shotengai, Hatogaya Society of Commerce and Industry, J:COM Kawaguchi・Toda, J: COM Soka, Saitama Railway, Kokusai Kogyo Bus, Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy

Media Partner:
Getty Images Japan, Television Saitama, FM Kawaguchi, Avanti Press

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