The Mt. Fuji - Atami Film & VR Festival claims to be Japan's best independent international film festival supporting young talent around the world.
They have six categories and twelve awards along with a gala opening and closing ceremony in Atami - The Hollywood of Japan!
Mt. Fuji overlooks the seaside resort of Atami. Atami is famously known as a seat for traditional geisha culture and has been called the “Naples of Japan.” But in June, Atami becomes the “Hollywood of Japan.”
Their mission statement says:
"Creating dreams and hope through cinema is our vision. Returning Japan to the glory days of cinema for young filmmakers and independent artists is the goal of The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival. The Mt. Fuji Atami Film & VR Festival provides the perfect place for independent filmmakers and virtual reality creators to show their talents and art to the Japanese as well as people from around the world. The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival aspires to become Japan’s premiere, world-class film and virtual reality festival. We embrace ideas and innovation with creativity and we give independent directors a real competition to showcase their films and virtual reality projects to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema."
Film categories include:
*Narrative Short Documentary
*Virtual Reality and New Media
Because of their partners. award winners and nominated films are eligible for nationwide theatrical distribution, DVD distribution and TV broadcasting in Japan. Awards also are given to Virtual Reality winners.
The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival (MFAFF) is an annual film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema and new virtual reality from around the world by up-and-coming artists. As well as award-winning works selected by our sister festival in Europe: The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival and advisory from The Busan International Film Festival.
MFAFF hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.
They also add: "We are aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent with a revitalized film festival that all of Japan can be proud of.
The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, science fiction, fantasy, animation, documentary and they allow for special prizes for students and films shot in Atami. They also have a special Virtual Reality center to showcase new Virtual Reality projects and creators.
The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival aspires to become Japan’s most famous and successful film and Virtual Reality festival.
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