JWFF is the largest wildlife film festival in Asia. This year like the past years joining is free. The purpose of the festival is to encourage international wildlife production by honoring the very best films. The Festival aspires to strengthen worldwide networking among wildlife filmmakers, especially those in Asian . For the general public, Japan Wildlife Film Festival aims to increase awareness of the need to protect and conserve our natural environment by screening the films.
This year the festival will be held on August 8, Thursday until August 11, Sunday of the same year. It will be held at Toyama International Conference Centre, Japan. All of Toyo Japan and the whole country are excited every year on the said festival.Nature Film Network is this year’s organizer of Japan Wildlife Film Festival in cooperation with Wildscreen (UK), Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (USA), UNEP. Entrants automatically grant approval for their productions to be retained by the Festival organizer and will be shown at non-profit public screenings to promote JWFF and charitable event to promote the conservation of nature through wildlife films during and outside of the Festival. An admission fee may be levied to cover venue and administration costs. The Festival organizers reserve the right to add a voice-over or Japanese subtitle to the films selected for those screenings. The costs will be covered by the Festival. JWFF expects all applicants to secure music and talent rights to their films for festival exhibition. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question. JWFF will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared copyrighted materials in your film. Entries will not be returned. They will be retained in the film library by the Festival. If you would like to have your entry returned, it should be indicated on your entry form and the return postage enclosed. The deadline for entry registration ended last October 31, 2012. On-line entry is always available on JWFF official website. Judging will be fair and square, entries will be screened and judged by the Judging Committee. Entries selected by the committee will be nominated as finalists for awards then finalists will be notified by the Festival office as soon as possible after the selection. During the Festival, films will be judged in relation to each award by the International Judging Committee. Award winners will be announced on August 11th at the Gala Ceremony which closes the Festival. Nominees cannot be revealed yet or shown yet to the public. Nominated films will only be made available for public screenings during the Festival. Nominees will be notified and asked to submit the highest quality format available with HDCam, or DigiBeta copy of the master to produce Japanese subtitled version. One person for each finalist film will be invited to the Festival with his/her accommodation and travel in Tokyo and all over Japan covered by the Festival organizer. Please note that expenses outside and to/from Japan will be paid by the finalist. After the Festival, all works of the finalist films will be retained by the Festival organizer, and will be shown at non-profit screenings in line with the purposes of the Festival. In some cases, a small admission charge may be made to cover administration costs. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection. The awards will be, Best of Festival Grand, Best Animal Behavior, Best Underwater, Best Cinematography, Best Underwater Cinematography, Best Nature and People, Best Environmental Conservation, Best Educational, Best Animation, Best Children’s, Best Asia – Oceania, Toyama Ptarmigan Award (by audience poll). The judging committee, at its discretion, may present special awards to deserving films which do not qualify in any of the categories listed above. The submission of an entry registration for the Festival implies full acceptance of these rules. Should any matter come into dispute, only the Japanese version of these rules will be valid and any such dispute must be settled under Japanese law. Everyone in Tokyo Japan and in the word is definitely looking forward to watch the Films.